Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Moline04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you might have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, there are a few other items you can do to stay comfortable and save money this season. During the in-between season in Moline, those far too few spring days, you may use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? 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 couple things to note: 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 any money. Raising your thermostat by a couple 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 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 make sure 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 the temperature on the thermostat. 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 running your fan. Don’t forget, 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 309-762-3641 and speak with one of our air conditioner service experts or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.