You’ve Used Your Ceiling Fans To Stay Cool — Now Use Them To Stay Warm

Posted On: October 10, 2012

It’s a fact that ceiling fans will help cool off your home in the warmer months, but did you know that they can also help keep you warm during the winter? Using ceiling fans in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning systems will help keep your house comfortable and your energy bills low.

Adjusting your fan for energy efficiency

Using ceiling fans to make a room feel cooler or warmer is as simple as turning a switch. Look for a switch on the fan itself, located near its base or on its motor. When your ceiling fan switch is set to rotate counter-clockwise, it pushes air down into the room, creating a cooling wind-chill effect and complementing your A/C. Alternately, when the switch is set to rotate in a clockwise direction, it will complement home heating in the winter. This is because air is pushed upward, displacing the warm air that collects at the top of a room, and moving it outward and back down into the spaces where people can feel it.

Reducing Utility Costs

The warming and cooling effects of the ceiling fan will allow your to adjust your thermostat downward or upward a few degrees, reducing the workload of your HVAC equipment. This, of course, saves money on your energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that using ceiling fans allows for a two- to four-degree adjustment without losing comfort, and this can translate into significant savings.

This energy-saving technique is just one way to make sure your family stays comfortable all year round.

Learn more tips and get expert HVAC advice by contacting Ernst Heating & Cooling, serving the Metro-East area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about ceiling fans and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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