Looking Up to Lower Your Heat Bills This Winter

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In colder months, do you use your ceiling fan the right way?

In the summer they can provide cooling breezes, but during winter they can also assist in circulating warm air through your home.  The trick is understanding the switch on the fan which controls the direction of the fan blades:

During the SUMMER months, the standard setting of COUNTERCLOCKWISE provides cooling down drafts.

During the WINTER months, the reverse setting of CLOCKWISE creates an opposing updraft, which redistributes the warm air which rises to the top of the room.  By pulling cooler air up from the ground, the warm air is more efficiently distributed throughout the home.

You may have a wall switch wich controls fan direction, but most ceiling fans have a simple toggle-switch which controls the direction of the fan’s motor.

These simple tips will help you keep your heating costs down over the cold winter months, as well as help you cool your home in the summer.

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Comments (2)

Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

thanks for the information. I never knew that you could use ceiling fans for this. Did not even know they moved in both directions.

Jan 21, 2012 01:43 AM
James Lyon
LyonSF - San Francisco, CA

Great tip and one that can save money and make the house feel more comfortable.

Jan 21, 2012 03:51 AM