Many people love ceiling fans because first of all, they look nice. Nowadays, there are so many styles of ceiling fans available ranging from rustic and vintage style to modern and even smart and sizes ranging from as small as 26 inch up to a whopping 96-inch.
Second, ceiling fans are energy efficient. They only consume as much power as a 100-watt light bulb does yet do a great job cooling the home every summer. The even better news, though, is that ceiling fans are just as useful during winter.
Not a lot of people know that there is just one tiny tweak they have to do to change the way a ceiling fan works entirely. Here is how:
If you recall your first few science lessons, you will remember that warm air is lighter than cold air. This means that in a typical room, cool air stays near the floor while warm air rises toward the ceiling.
What you need to do, then, is to bring the warm air down during winter and pull cool air up in summer. One ceiling fan unit can do both if you know how to adjust it.
Cool down in summer.
To pull cool air up during the summer months, set your ceiling fan to rotate in a counterclockwise direction. Take note that the blades should be rotating counterclockwise from your perspective and not the fan’s. If you look up at the ceiling, the blades should be rotating opposite the movement of a clock’s hand.
What is the explanation behind this? As the ceiling fan’s blades rotate from right to left, they push the air on top toward the floor. This downward rush of air forces the cooler air at the bottom to move up and outward, toward the corners and walls of the room.
This way of circulation and air movement effectively cools the room as a result. The drop in temperature can be as big as four degrees. The even nicer effect is that the rise of cool air causes perspiration to evaporate rapidly, cooling the body directly.
Air conditioners can easily increase your normal power bill total. The good news is that using a ceiling fan instead of air conditioners can help you save up to 40% on electricity.
Warm up in winter.
As you may have guessed, ceiling fans should be rotating clockwise during winter. The same easy and simple test will help you make sure your ceiling fan is running correctly. Look up the ceiling and see to it that the blades move the same direction as a clock’s hands.
The clockwise motion of the ceiling fan’s blades causes an updraft, which pulls the colder air up. The warmer air is pushed down and outward, reaching the walls and eventually settling near the floor.
Remember, though, that the blades should start rotating at a low speed to create just the right updraft to pull up the cool air. If you do it correctly, you can be like many homeowners who are able to save between 10% and 15% on electricity bills by using ceiling fans in winter.
Adjust the blade direction properly.
Nowadays, many ceiling fans come with wall or remote controls that include buttons for clockwise and counterclockwise blade movement. Older models may not have such controls, though. However, they usually have switches on the ceiling fans themselves.
The toggles are usually found on the motor housing. If you are not sure if you are looking at the right switches, consult your manual.
These controls and switches may not always be labeled “Summer” or “Winter.” Sometimes, they say the preferred airflow direction: “Upward Airflow” or “Downward Airflow”, for example.
Just buy a heated ceiling fan.
If you can’t be bothered to remember which direction your ceiling fan’s blades should be rotating for heating and cooling, you can always just buy a heated ceiling fan. These units come with built-in heaters that can be manipulated through remote controls.
The good thing about these appliances is that they do not require ducting. That means you do not need to spend for or install anything aside from the ceiling fan itself.
They are not complicated at all, either. In summer, they work just like normal ceiling fans. They spin, the room cools down. In winter, simply turn the heater on and you are good to go
We are sure you can afford to have separate cooling and heating units in your home. However, there is nothing wrong with having a reliable dual-purpose appliance like the ceiling fan around, especially now when the price of electricity does not seem to be going down anytime soon.
Your local hardware, home improvement, and appliance store should have various types of these ceiling fans in stock. Store personnel may even be able to help you in figuring out how these upward and downward airflow work exactly.