Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Great Falls04/13/2016The weather is finally warming up and soon you might have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the team at Falls Mechanical Services LLC, there are a number of other things you can do to remain cozy and save money this month. During the transition season in Great Falls, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a handful of things to remember: Raise Your Thermostat This is where the cost savings can potentially come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level too 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 change 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 they are lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to feel the wind chill that a fan produces 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 comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Falls Mechanical Services LLC in Great Falls. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 406-761-7283 and chat with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.