Although ceiling fans are a nearly ubiquitous way to manage heat and humidity in the summer, misconceptions about their use abound. By getting to know how your fan does its job, you'll be able to use it more effectively to stay more comfortable and lower heating and air conditioning expenses.
Ceiling Fans Are Multi-Functional
Contrary to popular assumption, ceiling fans don't lower a room's air temperature. Instead, they keep you comfortable in two ways:
- Moving air across your skin - Air blowing over your skin increases evaporation, your body's natural cooling mechanism. It's the same effect you'd feel standing in a breeze on a hot summer day.
- Redistributing air - Your ceiling fan keeps the moving around the room and prevents unconditioned air from pooling near the ceiling. This helps mix the conditioned air coming from your registers with the rest of the room's air, creating a more even temperature.
Ceiling Fans Improve Comfort All Year
The fact that ceiling fans redistribute air rather than cool it means these fans are useful all year. The trick is in how you use them. Look for a little switch on the side of the fan that lets you change the direction the fan blades spin.
- In warm weather, set the fan blades to spin counterclockwise. This direction pushes air downward, blowing it over your skin. You'll be able to raise your thermostat 2 to 6 degrees, and every degree you raise it can cut air conditioning costs by 6 to 9 percent.
- In cool weather, set your fan blades to spin clockwise, or backward, and choose the lowest speed. This will cause the fan to draw air upward, which then pushes the air near the ceiling out toward the walls and down into the room. Warm air will no longer pool near your ceiling.
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Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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