Are You Using Ceiling Fans In Your Home?
Ceiling fans are more than just room decor in the winter months. It’s common to see blades spinning in the summer but did you know that ceiling fans can greatly increase comfort during those cold months as well? It’s true. By using a ceiling fan in the opposite direction you can lower your energy bills all winter long. At Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning, we are committed to bringing you the best products and services all year long. Our help doesn’t stop when the technician leaves; these tips will help you save energy even on the coldest of days. Here’s how it works.
Clockwise In Winter – Ceiling Fans
During the cold months your ceiling fans should be set to run in a clockwise motion at low speed. This will push air up towards the ceiling. Since we all know that heat rises, this gentle upward push will help to circulate that warm air back along the walls and down to the floor. Keeping the warm air circulating in this fashion can have a large enough impact that you can turn the thermostat up a few degrees without any noticeable difference in your family’s comfort level. Less strain on the heating system can result in as much as a 15% savings on heating costs. EXCEPTION: If your ceiling fans are mounted to a two-story cathedral or vaulted ceiling, the fan will be too high to create the type of wind direction to influence temperature change. If this is the case, keep the fan set in a counterclockwise direction year around.
How To Adjust The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fans
Most modern ceiling fans come factory made with a toggle switch on the housing of the motor compartment. This is usually located directly below the fan blades. For a switch that is adjusted vertically, flip the switch up in the winter to create an upwards air current. If your switch is adjusted horizontally, the winter calls for the switch to be in the right position for an upward air flow. You can always verify that you’ve made the correct change by standing directly under the fan. At the lowest speed you should not feel a wind chill. The air should be moving up toward the ceiling of your home.
Have you ever been in a home or office that had space heaters in every room? Or electric blankets on every bed? It’s almost impossible to find an electrical outlet that doesn’t have something plugged into it. All of these appliances together cost far more to operate than typical ceiling fans because they start and stop so frequently. Not to mention they clutter up valuable space in the room and greatly increase the risk of an electrical fire. These factors make a good ole’ ceiling fan a safer and more attractive option for total home comfort.
Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter not only reduce the heating costs by up to 15%, but can also reduce electrical hazards caused by overloading circuits. Check here for more information. Trust the experts at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning to help you stay warm while saving money.