Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Saint Petersburg

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you might have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, there are some other tasks you can do to keep comfortable and save money this month.

During the in-between season in Saint Petersburg, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a few things to note:

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 bills. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to change dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, adjust the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually cool your air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than what the thermostat says.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you would lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from the wind chill that a fan offers you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Remember, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.

Keeping you comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Saint Petersburg. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 727-369-6195 and talk with one of our air conditioner service experts.