Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Madera04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., there are some other items you can do to remain comfy and save money this month. During the transformation season in Madera, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more cozy 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 couple things to keep in mind: Raise Your Thermostat This is where the cost savings can possibly 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 running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level too 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 switch depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath 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 take in the wind chill that a fan offers 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 cozy and saving you money is important to us at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 559-675-1681 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.