Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Albuquerque

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally warming up and soon you may have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the pros at I-Deal HVAC, there are a number of other things you can do to stay comfortable and save money this month.

During the transformation season in Albuquerque, 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 could not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a few 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 even a couple degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure 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 cool your 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 you do lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from the wind chill that a fan produces 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 I-Deal HVAC in Albuquerque. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 505-445-1250 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals.