During winter months, Alabama homeowners turn to their HVAC systems for warmth and comfort. Standard in many rooms of a home sits a valuable helper for your HVAC system – the ceiling fan. When used correctly, your ceiling fans keep air moving and help your HVAC system keep your home warmer while expending less energy.
The Function of Ceiling Fans
Contrary to popular belief, ceiling fans do not cool. Fans are actually meant to enhance the temperature of your rooms, whether warm or cool. Ceiling fans keep air moving, having different effects depending on the seasons and how you use them.
Using Ceiling Fans and HVAC in Winter
In the winter, using a ceiling fan in combination with your heating and air system can keep your home more comfortable. Ceiling fans work to evenly distribute air in the room.
The fan’s blades draw warm air up toward your ceiling, and the rotating motion pushes this air out toward the edges of the room before circulating back to the ground. With air warmer at the top of a room, this air distribution helps the whole space feel warmer.
How to Set Ceiling Fans for Winter HVAC Help
Ceiling fans shouldn’t be used in the same direction in the winter as they work in the summer. Otherwise, you’ll get the undesirable windchill effect indoors when you’re trying to stay warm.
In the summer, your ceiling fan blades are set to rotate counterclockwise; in the winter, the blades should be set to rotate clockwise. Changing the rotation of your ceiling fan blades is simple, as most models are equipped with a switch on the unit to switch the direction.
Why Use Ceiling Fans with Winter HVAC
Running your ceiling fan correctly during the winter can help you cut heating costs. With better use and distribution of the warm air created by the HVAC system, your heating unit catches a break.
Your household will feel just as comfortable with the fan running properly and your thermostat down a few degrees to save energy.
Don’t Use Ceiling Fans with Your HVAC If…
Whenever a room is unoccupied, you should turn the ceiling fan off. The warming benefits the ceiling fan produces are realized by those in the room. When there’s no one in the room, there’s no need to waste electricity operating the fan.
One exception to this rule exists: a ceiling fan located at the top of a two-story stairwell or foyer. As heat rises to the second floor, the ceiling fan moves the stairwell’s heat down to the first floor to add warmth.
If you have a two-story foyer or great room which feels cool while upstairs feels warm or stuffy, try a fan. An existing lighting fixture can easily be swapped out with a fan or a fan with lighting.
Using ceiling fans wisely throughout the winter can be a great complement to your HVAC system. Ceiling fans can help you feel warmer indoors and allow your HVAC system to cut back, for great energy savings.
Be sure your ceiling fan blades are rotating clockwise and you turn off your ceiling fans when a room is unoccupied (except in a two-story stairwell).
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These ceiling fan best practices give your HVAC system a needed break this winter and help it operate more efficiently. For more energy saving tips, contact KS Services today.
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