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Warm air rises to the top and cold air settles on the bottom. Air settles in layers from warm at the top to cold at the bottom, if left alone without forced circulation.
Using the Ceiling Fan Year Round
Most fans have a “clockwise” setting and a “counterclockwise” setting, each appropriate for a different season. There are conflicting accounts of which direction to use and when, because the direction you want to use depends on how the blades are aligned, and that can vary by model.
How to use ceiling fans during summer
During the summer, you want the air blowing directly on you so you will feel cooler from the wind chill effect (which is how fans cool you off). So stand under the fan and turn it up on high speed. If you “Do Not” feel the air very well, then turn the fan off and flick the reverse toggle switch. Turn it back on high speed. If you feel more air, you have it in the right position. So whichever position you feel the most air movement when standing directly under the fan is the correct position for summer. If you do not feel much air in either direction, then your fan has a very weak motor with a relatively flat pitch to the blade. Fans like this won’t do much good for you in either direction during the summer. If this is this case, you may wish to consider visiting a specialty fan dealer online to get a more powerful fan than the ones they sell at the home centers.
Winter ceiling fan use
During the winter, it is the opposite. You do not want to feel the air movement from the fan blowing directly on you since this will make you feel cooler from the wind chill effect. So, again…stand under the fan and turn it up on high speed. Whichever mode you feel the least amount of air is the correct mode for winter. However, you want to operate the fan at a low speed during the winter, otherwise, even in the correct mode, you will still get some wind chill effect, which you do not want.
Install Heated Ceiling Fans
Another option is a heated ceiling fan. These devices have a built-in heating element that can be operated by remote control. Because a heated ceiling fan is totally ductless, there is no pricey installation involved. Heated ceiling fans can also be used in the summertime; the heating element simply switches off, and the fan works just like a typical ceiling fan. You can find a variety of heated ceiling fans at your local home improvement or hardware store.
Cost of using a ceiling fan
Industry experts speculate the energy savings from using ceiling fans can be as much as 15%, assuming you do raise the thermostat setting and only run the fans when people are in the room. The savings is a result of reduced air conditioning use due to the higher thermostat setting and takes into account the cost of energy used by the fan itself.
- Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!
- Make sure to turn your ceiling fans off when you leave home. Doing so can lead to big savings, however, which is why this step is important. If you’re worried you’ll forget, include turning off the ceiling fans in your daily ritual as you leave for work. Turn off the lights, lock the doors, and turn off your ceiling fans.
Leinbach Services’ electrical work:
- Electrical services
- Wiring installation
- Surge protection
- Attic fans
- Breaker panel box
- Ceiling fans
- Fuse boxes
- Energy saving systems
- Smart light bulbs
- GFCI replacement
- Reverse polarity
- Parking lot lights
- Landscape lighting
- Lighting fixtures
- House fans
- Meter bases and meter panels
- Recessed lighting
- Smoke detectors
- Switches and dimmers
Make home ownership and property management easier with Leinbach Services, Inc. We will send a qualified and trained electrician in Johnson City TN to solve your electrical problems. Experiencing a power outage? Our local electrician will fix your light fixtures, distribution board, circuit breaker, fuses, and wires. Thanks for using Leinbach Services for all of your electrical needs.