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Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Anchorage

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the team at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services, there are a number of other items you can do to keep comfy and save money throughout the year.

During the transformation season in Anchorage, those far too few spring temps, you likely use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to be sure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a handful of things to remember:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can potentially come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your expenses. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually lower the temperature of the air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than the temperature shown on the thermostat.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you do lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to take in the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by running your fan. Keep in mind, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.

Keeping you comfy and saving you money is important to us at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services in Anchorage. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 907-202-9798 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals.