Warm weather’s here, and for those of you who have ceiling fans, it’s time to change your fan blade direction to counter clockwise. You’ll be amazed at how doing this simple chore will keep you cooler. Ceiling fans were the first home comfort appliance installed in homes in the 19th century with the purpose of cooling things down. The slow, high-volume air movement of these fans creates a downsized version of the wind-chill effect. This makes people in the room feel cooler even though the thermometer reading doesn’t change. Today, the majority of homes have at least one ceiling fan.Operating a ceiling fan allows the homeowner to set the thermostat as much as 4 degrees higher with little or no comfort lost. If you set your thermostat above 72 degrees, you will save up to 3% in energy costs. During cold weather, the rotation of your fan blades should be clock wise. This allows cool air from the floor to be pulled up while pushing hotter air that has risen back down into the room. The result is the room feels warmer without having to raise your thermostat setting.
Typically counter clockwise mode on your fan will be labled “Forward.” Clockwise will be labeled reverse. Once you have made the change to counter clockwise, make sure it is set correctly. Simply, stand under the fan and look at the direction the blades are turning. In warm weather,m you will want to feel a downward breeze. Since a ceiling fan doesn’t actually reduce temperature, there is no reason to run a fan when the room is unoccupied. Running the fan when the room is occupied however will save you some money on your air conditioner operating costs and make you feel more comfortable.
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