Ceiling fans are often used to help keep homes cool during spring and summer, but they can also keep you warmer in the winter. All it takes is the flip of a switch you may not even have noticed before.
Your ceiling fans’ default settings should be to spin in a counterclockwise direction. This forces air downward and provides a cooling wind chill effect. The higher the fan speed, the greater the cooling. This is desirable during the warmer months.
However, most ceiling fans have a switch on the body of the fan that reverses their direction. When spinning clockwise, the fan will lift cool air from the floor up to the ceiling and force warm air down. By running the fan this way at a low speed, it helps your home feel warmer. This is especially important in rooms with high ceilings where lots of warm air can collect overhead.
By keeping the warm air where it’s needed – and where thermostats are located – running your ceiling fans in winter can save as much as 10 percent off your heating bill. Give it a try!