Ceiling fans are well known for being effective and efficient in cooling down spaces in the warmer weather. But did you know that you can use your ceiling fans to enhance the warmth and comfort of your own home? They not only offer warmth, but ceiling fans can be used in winter to provide energy savings.
How does it work?
Ceiling fans do not lower or raise the temperature of a room, they purely circulate the air, and the feeling of this ‘wind chill’ on the skin causes the cooling feeling. So how does this work in the winter? Well, in winter the air on the floor is very cold, while the air near the ceiling is warm. So, with the help of a heater, reversing the ceiling fan pulls the air up, then pushes it down the walls helping to redistribute the heat down to the floor which overall warms up the feeling in the room.
- As the blades move, they draw air in from around the room and push it up towards the ceiling
- The force of the air pushes it out towards the walls and edges of the room
- Then the air moves back down to the ground
- Air at the top of the room is warmer, then entire room starts to feel warmer
- As the process repeats the roomer gradually gets warmer and warmer.
How to adjust the direction of your fan
The way the blades are angled on your ceiling fan will determine which way they blow air; downwards in summer when running anti-clockwise or upwards in winter when running clockwise.
Most ceiling fans include a remote control or wall controls that adjust the direction in which the fan blade rotates, which makes it as easy as a press of a button. If your ceiling fan doesn’t have these features, look a for a toggle switch on the motor housing just below the blades. Flip the switch to change the rotation of the fan blades.
How does a ceiling fan save energy?
According to recent research, using your ceiling fan in winter can save you up 10% of your heating costs due to the redistribution of the warm air.
So, now that you have switched the toggle and your fan is running in reverse (clockwise) here is where you start to save money. Due to the circulation of the warm air, the room feels warmer which allows you to turn down the thermostat on your heating device. When you do this the heater runs less often and therefore consuming less energy.
When it comes to what speed you should have your fan at – always have it lower in winter than the summer, you don’t need to feel the air on your skin you just need it to circulate.
While ceiling fans are an energy efficient way to distribute cool and warm air, some ceilings fans provide more energy savings than others. In particular, DC ceiling fan motors can use 60% less electricity than a standard ceiling fan, so using one over a longer period of time will still save you money. If you chose a fan with a light, then opt for LEDs as these use a lot less energy than standard globes. Remember to only turn fans on when you are at home and using the rooms that they are located in.
Remember to turn your fan back to anti clockwise when the warmer months come around again, and dust off those blades!