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How Can a Ceiling Fan Help You During Winter?

Ceiling fans can help you slash your cooling costs during the summer. But they can be just as useful during the winter?

The simple answer is yes!

Even though fans are designed to cool, they can also help with heating your home in a cost-efficient manner. Here’s how ceiling fans work during the winter.

How Do Ceiling Fans Keep Your Home Warm?

Ceiling fans don’t change the temperature on their own. Rather, they create movement in the air which helps us to feel cooler in the summer. This is what we call the “wind chill” effect. If you stand outside on a blustery day, you will likely feel much cooler than the actual air temperature.

Ceiling fans can make us feel warmer, too. Hot air rises, so most of the air that your HVAC system has spent so much time heating and dispersing isn’t helping to keep the right areas of your home warm. But by using your ceiling fans, you can push all the warm air near the ceiling down toward the floors. This keeps your warm air circulating instead of piling up toward the top of the room, giving you more of your money’s worth.

Plus, when you push the warm air back toward the floor, you have less heated air escaping through your attic. All that time and money you spend heating air is wasted if your warm air escapes. The more heat you can keep in your home, the less your system will need to run.

Running your ceiling fan costs just a few cents per hour and can save as much as 10% on your energy costs when used in reverse. You can reduce your dependence on your HVAC system and put less strain on it, which also helps to preserve the life of your system. And when your heating system runs less often, you keep more of your money in your own pocket.

How to Set Your Ceiling Fan to the Winter Setting

Many homeowners don’t realize their ceiling fans have a “winter” setting. Look closely and you’ll notice that the blades of your fan are attached at an angle. This design helps to push the air up or down, depending on the direction the fan is spinning.

In the winter, homeowners should set their fans to turn clockwise. This pushes the cooler air upward and better distributes the warm air that has settled toward the top of the room. The blades draw air in and forces the surrounding air out. With the warm air at the top being pushed to the bottom, the room feels warmer. Then the process repeats.

To change the direction of your ceiling fan, locate the switch on the fan, usually on the unit above the blades. Then shift the switch and turn on your ceiling fan to make sure it’s running clockwise.

If your ceiling fan is an older model and does not have a reverse switch, it’s wise to upgrade your ceiling fans so that you can use this feature each winter.

Maximize Your Home’s Heating This Winter

Using your ceiling fan in the right way in the winter can help you cut your heating costs. But ceiling fans alone aren’t enough to keep your home warm. If you want to see the biggest difference on your energy bill, start with improving your HVAC system’s performance.

Routine maintenance and tune-ups can ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible. When it doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home, you’ll enjoy a lower energy bill now and fewer repairs in the future.

Contact us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance today!

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