Why are ceiling fans so popular? Charm is one big factor. A ceiling fan fixture can bring distinction to a room.
For some people, the steady, quiet whirl of paddles evokes the romance of bygone days. They evoke visions of sultry summer afternoons.
More importantly, there is the fan's practical side. It makes a room more comfortable and lowers energy bills. By forcing warm air downward in the winter and stirring up breezes in the summer, it decreases demands on heating and air conditioning. Ceiling fans provide all this while operating on just a few pennies a day.
Using the Ceiling Fan Year Round
In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counter-clockwise down draft direction. Run the fan at a medium speed. You can increase the fan speed as the temperature goes up. The airflow produced by the ceiling fan creates a wind-chill effect, making you “feel” cooler.
Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. If the room is unoccupied, turn off the ceiling fan to save your energy money. Turning the fan motor off reduces the heat load in the empty room.
During the summer, using a ceiling fan with an air conditioner will allow you to set the thermostat higher without a noticeable difference in comfort. A fan's breeze will make a 79-degree room feel more like 72 degrees. By raising the thermostat, you can save as much as 30 percent of your air conditioning bills. Remember turn the ceiling fan “OFF” when no one is in the room.
In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at slow speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air from the ceiling down to where people are.
The warm ceiling air moves down along the room walls where it helps the most. Use the slowest speed so you do not feel a draft from the fan.
Remember to adjust your thermostat lower a couple of degrees when using your ceiling fan - additional energy and dollar savings will result with this simple step! Turn the ceiling fans off only when you turn the thermostat way down when you leave the house.
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