Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Albuquerque04/13/2016The 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 pros at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling, there are a number of other tasks you can do to keep cozy and save money this season. During the transition season in Albuquerque, those far too few spring days, you may use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to be sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a couple things to remember: Raise Your Thermostat This is where the cost savings can possibly come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving any money. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath 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 you do lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from 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 comfy and saving you money is important to us at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 505-994-9176 and speak with one of our air conditioner service experts or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.