Back in the day, ceiling fans were the go-to source to cool off during the summer. Now, we use air conditioners to fulfill that purpose. However, almost every home today still has ceiling fans and even use them to keep cool during the summer. At Mr. Sunshine's Home Services, we believe that some homeowners think using their ceiling fans during the winter is counterproductive. However, this is simply not the case. You may be wondering “How would a ceiling fan benefit me during the winter?”
Read on to learn how your ceiling fan can help you during winter!
Put Your Fan in Reverse
Everyone knows that heat rises and because of this, a lot of the hot air that HVAC systems blow out rises to the ceiling, which leaves the cold air on ground level. This is where your ceiling fan comes into play. By reversing the way it spins, your ceiling fan will redistribute all the warm air, which in turn, heats up the entire room. Furthermore, a few studies have shown that by reversing your ceiling fan can save you up to 15 percent on your power bill!
Break The Ice
You may be wondering “Won’t the air be chilled due to the air movement?” You would be correct on this. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to avoid this. In order to dodge the drastic amount of airflow, all you have to do is set your fan to the lowest setting. There is no need for a large amount of air flow in order to circulate the hot air. A simple and gentle flow is all you need to make a massive difference in temperature.
In addition for those who have high ceilings, it’s possible that you won’t have to reverse the direction your fan spins to avoid a wind chill. Should the fan be high enough and on the lowest setting, it will pull the air downward.
How To Reverse A Ceiling Fan
Reversing a fan’s direction is as easy as breathing. First, shut off the fan entirely to avoid getting injured by the blades of it. Second, look for the switch that controls the direction of it, which is usually on the fan’s motor housing, turn it on and you’re done. Keep in mind that most ceiling fans run counterclockwise during the summer months, which blows the air downward. If it’s regular clockwise direction, the fan pulls the cold air up toward the ceiling and pushes all the warm air out and into the walls of the designated area.