Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Long Beach

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the team at YES R&M Inc., there are a few other things you can do to stay comfy and save money this season.

During the transformation season in Long Beach, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to be sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can have the chance to come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving any money. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the duration 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 underneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, adjust the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually decrease the air temperature, 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 take in the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Keep in mind, 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 YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 562-286-6624 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals.