It’s almost wintertime in the Grand Traverse County area, which means that your energy bills might be about to inch higher. You can lower those heating bills while still maintaining the comfort you need without having to invest in expensive HVAC equipment. How? By using your ceiling fans.
What do ceiling fans do during the winter?
This doesn’t seem to make sense, right? After all, ceiling fans are made to create a breeze, which cools you off in the summer time. Wouldn’t a breeze just make your home colder in the winter? Not necessarily. Ceiling fans will actually help warm your home up when used in conjunction with your heating system.
How do ceiling fans increase the warmth of your home?
They don’t actually increase the temperature. What they do is help spread the heat produced by your heating system more quickly and evenly around your home, in turn making your home more comfortable. You can do this by flipping a switch on the body of the fan to make the blades rotate in the opposite direction. This will cause your ceiling fans to push air upward instead of downward. By pushing the air up, the fans are also in effect pushing air out and around the room.
How does this lower the heating bills?
Without the use of ceiling fans, your heating system has to work much harder. Because heat rises, the bottom portion of your home will be slightly colder than the top portion. Your heating system will continuously work to warm up the bottom, resulting in the top being slightly warmer than it should be. Its inability to heat evenly will make it work longer than it should. Not only does this waste energy, thereby negatively affecting your heating bills, but it also causes unnecessary wear and tear on the system.
Use your ceiling fans this winter to improve home comfort and decrease your heating bills. To have additional ceiling fans installed, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for the best customer service in the Grand Traverse County area.
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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