Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in San Jose

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally heating up and soon you may have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at American HVAC Inc, there are a few other items you can do to keep comfy and save money this month.

During the transition season in San Jose, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cozy. 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 money? In order to do that you have to be sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. 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 any money. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the length 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, change 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 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 take in the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by operating 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 American HVAC Inc in San Jose. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 408-215-1018 and chat with one of our air conditioner service professionals.