winter fans

Ceiling fans are great for keeping cool in the summer. But did you know that ceiling fans are also designed to keep you warm in the winter? This fact, which many people don’t know about or simply overlook, can keep your home more comfortable during the winter months and reduce your utilities bill.

Ceiling fans are great for keeping cool in the summer. But did you know that ceiling fans are also designed to keep you warm in the winter? This fact, which many people don’t know about or simply overlook, can keep your home more comfortable during the winter months and reduce your utilities bill.

In the summer, ceiling fans are set to rotate counterclockwise, which produces a cool breeze, making you feel cooler and allowing you to set your air conditioner two to four degrees higher. This, of course, means you don’t have to run your AC as often, saving you money in energy costs and reducing wear and tear on your AC unit.

Conversely, during the winter months, ceiling fans can help keep your home warm. Most ceiling fans today are manufactured to change the rotation of the fan blades. By switching the blades to run clockwise, they create an updraft, which sends the warm air pooled at the ceiling back down towards the edges of the room, resulting in more even heating where you need it most – where the people are.

Not only do ceiling fans help your house be more evenly heated, but they also help with condensation on your windows. Uneven indoor temperatures cause windows to sweat. Moisture on your windows can damage window frames and sills over time, but you can eliminate that future maintenance problem by running your fans clockwise during the winter months.

You can also use fans to solve other winter heating problems in your home. If you have a tall stairwell that traps warm air, install a ceiling fan at the top of the stairwell. The resulting updraft will mix the air more evenly, keeping you more comfortable and reducing your heating costs.

For more expert advice about heating and cooling your home, contact us at Reliance Home Comfort today.

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