The Benefit of Ceiling Fans

Massachusetts has four seasons, which means that while the winters can get blisteringly cold, the summers can also get quite hot. You may find your energy bills fluctuating dramatically in the summer and winter while staying manageable in the milder spring and fall. Using your ceiling fan to your advantage greatly reduces your energy expenses during these more extreme months.

Most people don’t realize that ceiling fans can both help cool down and warm up rooms depending on the way the fan circulates. If you simply turn on your ceiling fan without thinking much about the direction that it rotates, you’re not alone! Ceiling fans greatly supplement your heater or air conditioner in keeping you comfortable and reducing your energy expenses.

Keeping Cool

Ceiling fans don’t really do anything that changes the temperature of a room, but they circulate the air produced by your HVAC system so that you feel more cool or warm air circulating throughout your home. The breeze your fan produces removes the heat envelope from around people, making them feel cooler. Fans are typically set to rotate counterclockwise, drawing air upward from around a room and spreading it across the ceiling and down the walls, which creates the effect of a breeze that makes the room feel cooler.

Keeping Warm

If you’re wondering how your fan can keep you warm, the answer is very simple. You’ll notice a switch on the base of your fan. If you toggle the switch and turn on the fan, you’ll notice that the blades now rotate in a clockwise direction. When you reverse the rotation direction like this, the blades push air down from the top of the room. Hot air naturally rises to the ceiling when you heat your home, which makes it feel cooler closer to the ground. The fan circulates and pushes down the warmth so that the room feels warmer and your home has fewer cold spots.

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