In the cold winter months, all homeowners want to heat their home efficiently. Instead of buying something new, look to the ceilings for something you may already have and can utilize – a ceiling fan. When heat is rising, run your ceiling fans clockwise (which is actually reversed) on the low setting, it’ll push heat back down and keep it circulating within your home.
Clockwise Fan Rotation
Ceiling fans today are made with a switch that changes the blade rotation. Counterclockwise blade rotation produces that pleasant summer breeze we crave during the hot months of the year. Clockwise blade rotation creates an updraft that sends the warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into the living space – cutting heating costs by as much as 10%.
The amount of money you can save with a ceiling fan depends on numerous factors including the size of your home, your climate, your primary heating and cooling systems, and the cost of electricity in your area.
Turning your fan clockwise warms the room by circulating warm air near the ceiling down toward the floor, and if the fan is on low speed, it will create a comfortable breeze. It is important to remember that a ceiling fan is really only worth using when someone is in the room. When you leave a room, turn off the fan to conserve even more energy.
If you live in a two-story house with an open stairway, you have probably experienced the frustration of unbalanced heating zones inside your home. Upstairs rooms are unbearably hot, while downstairs rooms remain freezing cold. This forces your furnace to work overtime trying to maintain a consistent temperature – and can end up costing you a fortune in winter energy bills. Mounting a ceiling fan at the top of an open staircase helps move air more evenly through the entire house and will save you significantly on utility costs.
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 completely 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 like a typical ceiling fan. You can find a variety of heated ceiling fans at your local home improvement or hardware store.
Instead of spending more money, heat your home smarter this winter season by utilizing your ceiling fans. BreedLove Dobbs Heating and Cooling can help heat your home this winter and create a comfortable environment for you and your family this holiday season! To schedule your appointment or a free estimate, give us a call at 317-888-9111 today. We offer 24/7 emergency service for all your HVAC needs!