Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Portland Metro04/13/2016 Stay cool and save some money simultaneously as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between utilization of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t turned your cooling system on yet and might just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when needed. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner throughout 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 appropriately together: Adjust air direction Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the hotter months to push more air down. To find out which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and see if you experience the breeze, and if not, alter the course of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t create cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The ideal way to drop costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a few degrees. With the help of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your well-being shouldn’t be disturbed too much. For every degree you raise the temperature in your home, you’re allowing your air conditioner to work not as hard and potentially saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should consider their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s best to turn them off. Operating fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the positives from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home. Here at Central Air Inc in Portland Metro, 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 choices to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about utilizing your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 503-656-1908 and speak with one of our air conditioner professionals or schedule an appointment with us online.