Ceiling fans offer homeowners elegant interior accents to spruce up any room. Your ceiling fan also provides a practical and comfortable way to save energy this spring when you reverse your ceiling fan direction from the wintertime setting. Read on to find out how.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan for Hot Savings
Ceiling fans do not make the temperature of a room cooler. They do, however, make us feel cooler by removing moisture from the skin faster than without a fan. In fact, a ceiling fan can make a room feel up to seven degrees cooler, depending on the fan speed, by producing a wind-chill effect. Sound familiar? The cooling effect of the wind, or a steady breeze from a ceiling fan, cools the body.
Which Way is Reverse?
That’s a good question. Technically, the direction you want the fan to spin during the spring and summer seasons is forward — a counter-clockwise direction that pushes air down toward the floor. However, assuming you used your ceiling fan to save energy during the wintertime, to pull air up toward the ceiling, which smoothly displaces warm air outward and downward to the floor (without a wind-chill effect), you would now need to reverse your ceiling fan to feel the cooling breeze it offers.
Air Conditioner to Fan Conditioner: Cool Savings
Just like standard and high-efficiency HVAC systems offer very different energy efficiency and comfort capabilities, ceiling fans are not created equal either. If you are installing new fans as part of an interior design upgrade, or to replace old and noisy fans, look for Energy Star-rated ceiling fans for best energy savings.
However, keep in mind that a standard fan will still save substantial electricity over running your A/C system all the time. Start by increasing the thermostat setting one degree a day until you reach an agreeable comfort and energy-saving temperature setting.
For questions about how to reverse your ceiling fan to enjoy home comfort and save energy on your cooling bills, or for any other cooling issues in your Grand Traverse County home, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ceiling fans and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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