Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Topeka04/13/2016The weather is finally warming up and soon you could have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the team at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc., there are a few other tasks you can do to remain comfy and save money throughout the year. During the in-between season in Topeka, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? 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 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 even a couple degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level too 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 change depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, adjust 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 what the thermostat says. 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 benefit from the wind chill that a fan offers 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 Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 785-357-6200 and chat with one of our air conditioner service experts or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.