Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Scottsboro04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., there are a number of other things you can do to stay comfy and save money this month. During the transition season in Scottsboro, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a handful of things to note: 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 on your expenses. Raising your thermostat by a couple 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 lessening the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be 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 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. Don’t forget, 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 256-574-1300 and chat with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily arrange an appointment with us online.