Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Auburn04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Forster Heating, there are a number of other tasks you can do to stay comfy and save money this season. During the in-between season in Auburn, those far too few spring days, you may use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to make 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 potentially 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 running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact 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 change according to 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 lower the temperature of the air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than the temperature shown on the thermostat. Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There Treat your ceiling fan like they are lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to take in the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Remember, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air. Keeping you comfy and saving you money is important to us at Forster Heating in Auburn. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 530-206-0330 and speak with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.