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Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Dallas

The weather is finally warming up and soon you might have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas, there are a few other tasks you can do to keep comfortable and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in Dallas, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cozy. 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 your bills? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a couple things to keep in mind:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can potentially come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your expenses. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, switch the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually decrease the air temperature, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than the temperature shown 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 benefit from the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by running 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 Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas in Dallas. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 214-261-0034 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily arrange an appointment with us online.