Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Colorado Springs04/13/2016 Stay comfortable and save some money at the same time as the weather warms up – what could be better? This time of the year in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you potentially haven’t switched your cooling system on yet and might just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner in the summer could in fact be more comfortable and also save you more money? Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner properly together: Adjust air direction Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be wafting down during the summer months to push more air down. To find out which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and check if you experience the breeze, and if not, vary the direction of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t generate cool air, they can make you feel colder through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The greatest way to drop costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a few degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the greater thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be disturbed too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work not as much and possibly saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when nobody is in the room, it’s ideal to turn them off. Turning on fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the advantages from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home. Here at Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs, we are all about guaranteeing your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the ideal decisions for your home and know all the options to make your summer as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about utilizing your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 719-596-6677 and speak with one of our air conditioner experts or arrange an appointment with us online.