Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in McHenry04/13/2016 Stay comfortable and save some money together as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time of the year in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and may just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that utilizing your fans with your air conditioner in the summer could actually be more effective and also save you more money? Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together: Adjust air direction Based on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the summer months to distribute more air down. To test which way your fan is spinning, you can stand beneath the fan and see if you experience the breeze, and if not, alter the direction of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t make cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The best way to drop costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat some degrees. With the help of your ceiling fan, you won’t even sense the higher thermostat temperature and your coziness 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 much and possibly saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s ideal to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them limits the benefits from the wind chill and wastes energy in your home. Here at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry, we are all about guaranteeing your comfort while saving you some cash. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the choices to make your summer as efficient and cozy as possible. If you have any questions about using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 815-459-4700 and speak with one of our air conditioner experts or set up an appointment with us online.