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How a Ceiling Fan Can Save You Money on Heat This Winter

The winter season is highly unpredictable. You could have a mild or bitter couple of months. To ensure you are keeping your family warm while saving money, consider using your ceiling fans.

How to Keep Rooms Warm With a Ceiling Fan

Your ceiling fan spins in a clockwise motion. By doing this, the fan moves cool air down onto you, employing a wind-chill effect. This helps you stay cool, calm, and collected on hot summer days.

Your ceiling fan is useful for more than just summertime, though. When the winter months approach, everyone dreads their heating bill. If you want to reduce the amount of energy you use and save money, your ceiling fans can help.

Many ceiling fans are designed to spin clockwise and counterclockwise. When they rotate clockwise, they send cool air toward you.

So what happens when you reverse the motion? You create an updraft that sends warm air throughout the room. An updraft is when warm air rises. The fan brings air up to the ceiling and disperses it throughout the room, creating an overall comfortable environment without the wind-chill. As a result, your room can end up being three to four degrees warmer.

With just the flip of a switch and the reversed motion of a ceiling fan motor, you’ll be saving money during winter with hardly any effort!

Optimize Your Ceiling Fan and Energy Efficiency

While reversing the motion of your ceiling fan can keep the room consistently warm, you may wonder how running a fan would cost less than increasing the heat.

First, your heat costs more than using energy to turn on a ceiling fan. There’s over a $.20 difference per hour. When you keep your heat on at a warm temperature, you can use your ceiling fans to circulate the warmed air so you don’t end up increasing the heat over time.

To optimize your ceiling fan, there are a few things you should know:

  • Distance from the ceiling and floor: If you want the ceiling fan to direct warm air throughout a room properly, the fan should be 7 to 9 feet above the ground and about 1 foot from the ceiling.
  • Ceiling fan size: Your room will only be as warm as your ceiling fan can make it. If you want to save money while keeping your room warm, choose a ceiling fan that can handle the room’s size. Pick a ceiling fan with blades large enough to keep up with your space and sufficiently circulate the air.
  • When to fan a room: While a ceiling fan can make a positive difference for a room’s temperature, that doesn’t mean to leave ceiling fans on all day. Turn fans on in the rooms you are using, and turn them off when you leave. That way, you’re even more energy-efficient.

Shipley Energy Brings Energy Plans and Services to You

If your heating bill is getting outrageous, it may be time to look into a new energy provider. Shipley Energy offers a range of energy plans that work for almost any budget. To learn more about saving energy on home heating, contact Shipley Energy today.

Feb 9, 2021
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