Ceiling fans can be an important ally in your efforts to stay cool while saving energy on hot summer days. Pair a ceiling fan with your air conditioning and a nice cold drink, and you’ve got an effective way to beat the summertime heat. In the spring, using ceiling fans can delay the point at which you kick on the A/C at all.
Most ceiling fans have a switch that will allow the fan blades to change directions. The clockwise direction will blow gently upwards, displacing the warm air that collects at the top of a room and pushing it downward, warming the room in the wintertime. In the summer, the counter-clockwise ceiling fan direction blows downward, creating a cooling breeze, and helping to removes moisture in the air. The flow of the air under a ceiling fan in the summertime produces a wind-chill effect. It will actually make you feel cooler, even though the actual room temperature won’t be an cooler. As a result, you can turn up the thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing any comfort. The counter-clockwise ceiling fan direction, employed during the warmer months, will reduce the energy that you’re using, saving money on energy bills.
When you reverse the ceiling fan direction to clockwise before the weather gets cold again, the warm air will be redistributed into parts of the room where occupants can feel it. Thermostats are located at this level as well, so when the warmer air moves into these lower parts of the room, the thermostat will register this warmth and delay switching on the furnace. This also helps you save money on energy bills.
For additional information on reversing ceiling fan direction for all-season comfort, please contact us at Overland Park Heating & Cooling, Inc. We’ve been proudly serving Kansas City and the surrounding area since 1983.
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