Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Chicago04/13/2016 Stay cool and save some money at the same time as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t turned your cooling system on yet and may just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when needed. But did you know that utilizing your fans with your air conditioner throughout the summer could in fact be more comfortable and also save you more money? Here’s how you can utilize your ceiling fans and your air conditioner properly together: Adjust air direction Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the setting 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 moving, you can stand underneath the fan and see if you sense the breeze, and if not, change the route of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t create 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 increasing your thermostat a few degrees. With the assistance of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the greater thermostat temperature and your well-being 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 think about their ceiling fans like their lights; when nobody is in the room, it’s better to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the advantages from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home. Here at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you some cash. We want you to make the perfect decisions for your home and know all the possibilities 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 773-704-0640 and speak with one of our air conditioner professionals or set up an appointment with us online.