If you think your trusted ceiling fan is only good for relieving those hot summer days, then read up and prepare to get your mind blown.
Ceiling fan can also provide comfort on cold winter days, especially when you want to give your heater a break to save money on electricity.
Small things like the right setting on your ceiling fan can make a huge impact. Changing the settings of your ceiling fan’s direction and speed can make your house more comfortable all year long. When used properly, your ceiling fan can help reduce your heating bill.
During summer, people know how to use their ceiling fans. But what they don’t realize is that, not only can ceiling fans cool things off in summer, but it can also help make a room feel warmer during winter, by simply changing the ceiling fan direction.
Nowadays, most ceiling fans include remote or wall controls that automatically adjust the direction in which the fan blades rotate, making it easier to reverse the ceiling fan direction. Simply press the reverse button to set your fan clockwise during fall and winter.
If you’re ceiling fan does not include a remote or wall control, find the toggle switch on the motor housing right below the blades. Turn this switch to reverse the direction of the fan blades. If you have a vertical switch, you would want to flip the switch up for winter to allow upward airflow. On the other hand, if you have horizontal switches, turn the switch to the right during winter to again allow the air to flow upwards.
A ceiling fan helps air circulation, in order to reduce the sensation of cold or hot spots. Run your ceiling fans on low in a clockwise direction during cold weather. Since heat rises, the temperature near the ceiling is higher that that of the floor level. This is especially true for houses that have heating systems that do not allow air circulation or those with high ceilings.
When you set your fan to rotate clockwise on low, you prevent the fan from creating a strong draft, which would cool you down just like in the summer. Instead, the clockwise rotation will push the air near the ceiling up and outward, causing it to circulate down near the perimeter of the room.
Since the air at the floor level is warmer, you can lower your thermostat, which will help you save a couple of hundred bucks and Mother Nature at the same time.
The idea is to simply circulate the heated air in your room for that added warmth during the winter season.
Ideally, the fan blades of your ceiling fan must hang between 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. But if you have a very tall or vaulted ceiling, hang the fan in such a way that the blades are about eight to nine feet above the floor.