Running ceiling fans summer and winter

I recently installed ceiling fans throughout my house.

There are a nearly endless selection of sizes and styles of ceiling fans on the market.

I was able to choose models that complement the decor, include an LED light and operate by way of a cordless remote. The ceiling fans feature a switch at the base that allows me to change the direction of the fan blades. While it’s easy to overlook this function, the direction of the fan makes a big difference to the temperature and comfort of the room. It can help to significantly trim heating and cooling costs. Living in an area with freezing cold winters and hot and humid summers, heating and cooling are essential and expensive. I’m always searching for new and better ways to reduce the workload of the furnace and air conditioner. Temperature control accounts for about half of the household energy use. Although I’ve invested into a high-efficiency air conditioner, it uses around 3,500 watts of power whenever it runs. Ceiling fans run on 50 watts of power. While I can’t avoid running the air conditioner on especially hot and muggy days and nights, the ceiling fans help out. I set them to spin counterclockwise over the summer. This works to push air downward and create a cool breeze. Operating the fan keeps the room’s temperature consistent and allows for higher thermostat settings. It’s important that the angles of the fan blades are adjusted to a minimum of twelve degrees to maximize cooling potential. In the winter, I switch the ceiling fan to rotate clockwise at low speed. Warm air naturally rises, and it is easy for the heat to get trapped up by the ceiling. The fan creates a gentle updraft and redistributes the heat. Operating the ceiling fans saves around 15% on my winter heating bills.

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