Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Bakersfield04/13/2016The weather is finally heating up and soon you could have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, there are a number of other things you can do to stay cozy and save money throughout the year. During the transformation season in Bakersfield, those far too few spring temperatures, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may 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 make sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a few things to remember: 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 affect 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 switch dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand below 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 the temperature on the thermostat. 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 feel 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 661-437-3499 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.