Lower Your Winter Energy Bill With Ceiling Fans
November is here and in North Central Texas we’ve already experienced a little chill in the air.
For most of us, it’s a welcome change from the near-record heat of the long Texas summer. Seasonal plants are popping up everywhere – my favorites pansies and mums – a reminder that winter is coming.
This seasonal change in temperature serves as an excellent reminder to reset the blades on your home’s ceiling fans.
Sounds strange, but hear me out.
Ceiling fans don’t warm or cool air, specifically. Instead, they circulate air which can have the effect of making a room feel warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months.
Rooms feel 4-6 degrees warmer
When it’s cold outside, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling, balancing the heat within a room. This can make a room feel 4-6 degrees warmer. Then, during warmer months, ceiling fans push a room’s cold air back into circulation, which creates a windchill effect, of sorts.
This, too, can change a room’s temperate 4-6 degrees.
The secret to a ceiling fan is in the rotation direction of its blades.
When fan blades rotate clockwise, the fan makes a room feel warmed.
When fan blades rotate counter-clockwise, the fan makes a room feel cooler.
This Weather Channel video explains how it works.
If your home is without ceiling fans, consider installing one (or more). Ceiling fans are economical and “green”, using the equivalent energy of a 100-watt light bulb while lowering your home’s energy costs.
Plus, they’re relatively simple to install.
Tutorial videos are available online for the do-it-yourselfers, or just call a qualified electrician for assistance.
Installing a ceiling fan is a 1-hour project.
Don’t do-it-yourself if you’re uncomfortable with this type of project. Again, where you buy your fans may offer installation service too – my guy did them for $60 / per fan.