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Don’t Use Ceiling Fans in Winter? Here’s Why You Should

Posted on: December 11, 2014

Those ceiling fans that are standard fare in the rooms of your home are great for enhancing cooling during the summer months. Don’t use ceiling fans in winter?  But did you also know that you can use ceiling fans to enhance the warmth of your home during winter, too? They not only offer warmth, but ceiling fans used in winter can help to encourage energy savings. It’s a win-win combination for every West Volusia homeowner.

Ceiling Fans in Winter

Don’t Use Ceiling Fans in Winter? Here’s why you should

Everybody knows that ceiling fans help you feel cooler. Through a unique process called evaporation, the fans generate a breeze to which the human body is exposed. Therefore, ceiling fans help to facilitate evaporation, which cools the body.

Ceiling fans in winter are ideal for use in the home, because they help to evenly distribute and circulate air that’s in the room. Essentially, the moving fan blades generate a wind-chill effect, and they truly make a room feel cooler. According to experts, running a ceiling fan is so effective at dropping the room temperature, it’s possible to lower your thermostat by 4 degrees – without noticing a difference in comfort.

Ceiling fans for heating

What everybody doesn’t know is that ceiling fans can be used in much the same way as you use them in summer, but in this case, they help facilitate heating in the room. In order to take advantage of them, you’ll need to first locate the switch on the fan that controls the direction of the blade.

In the summer, to get the wind-chill effect, the blades need to run in a counterclockwise fashion. This is the setting that most fans use automatically. Test your fan by turning it on, and identify the fan’s direction. If you need to, switch the fan to run in the clockwise direction to enhance heating.

How Ceiling Fans in Winter Operate

In the clockwise direction, the blades push air up. This is key to facilitating a more comfortable room in the heating season. You see, when the blades push air down, that’s when they create the wind-chill effect, helping to facilitate evaporation. If you leave the setting in this mode, you will definitely feel cooler!

In the heating mode, however, and when the blades push air up, the fan helps to better distribute heat. Here’s how:

  • As the blades move, they draw in air from around the room and push it up toward the ceiling.
  • The force of the air pushes the air at the top of the room toward the walls, at the outer edges.
  • Then, the air moves back down to the ground.
  • Since air at the top of a room is warmer, the entire room starts to feel warmer as the air is pushed back down to the bottom of the room.
  • The process repeats.
  • The room gets warmer and warmer.

How ceiling fans in winter help save energy

By some estimations, experts report that homeowners can save as much as 15 percent on heating costs when they run ceiling fans. Due to the improved distribution of heat in the room, you can feel free to turn down the thermostat. When you do so, your heater runs less often, consuming less energy.

To ensure optimal savings and comfort, however, it’s important to choose an energy-efficient fan. Opt for an Energy Star-rated ceiling fan, which use better motors and innovative blade designs to lower the fans’ energy consumption by as much as 60 percent over standard fans.

When not to use ceiling fans

Unlike your heater or air conditioner, you shouldn’t turn ceiling fans on and let them run continuously, even when you’re not in the room. In most cases, to benefit from ceiling fan use, you need to be in the room to take advantage of the enhanced heating. You don’t want work your way through the home, turning on ceiling fans, and then leaving the room. The fans won’t distribute heat throughout the home.

Exceptions to Using Ceiling Fans in Winter

The only exception to using ceiling fans in winter is a fan installed at the top of a second-floor stairwell. Because heat rises to the second floor, a ceiling fan running here can drive heat from the second floor down to the first floor, creating warmth.

For more information about energy savings or to get more around-the-house tips to drive energy consumption down, contact Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning today! We’re here to give expert advice to our West Volusia neighbors that ultimately helps you save money and achieve optimal home comfort.