Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Tucson

The weather is finally warming up and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Ambient Air, there are a number of other things you can do to remain comfy and save money this season.

During the transformation season in Tucson, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might 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 ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a couple things to note:

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 couple degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath 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 the temperature shown on the thermostat.

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 comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Ambient Air in Tucson. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 520-201-3871 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals.

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