Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in St. Louis

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally heating up and soon you might have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating, there are a number of other items you can do to keep comfy and save money this season.

During the in-between season in St. Louis, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a handful of 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 using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change 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 make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, switch 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 benefit from the wind chill that a fan offers you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Don’t forget, 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating in St. Louis. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 314-262-4541 and speak with one of our air conditioner service pros.