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How to Properly Use Ceiling Fans

This winter, it’s important for you to know that ceiling fans are for more than just cooling off rooms in your home. When used properly, they can also help to circulate the warm air during cold, winter months. The ceiling fans of today are produced for year-round use. Knowing when and how to adjust the rotation of the blades is the trick to this.

Adjusting Ceiling Fan Blades for Circulating Heat

Most modern fans come installed with a toggle switch. This switch makes it possible to change the direction of the rotating blades. By making them rotate in reverse, clockwise, warm air is circulated throughout the room. During cooler months, this helps reduce your heating costs. Follow these steps:

  • Turn the ceiling fan off
  • Flip toggle switch
  • Turn ceiling fan back on

When ceiling fans rotate counter-clockwise, air is pushed downward. This causes a wind chill effect. However, when they turn in a clockwise direction, they pull warm air upward.

Hot air tends to pool above the fan at the top of the ceiling. In reverse, this air is forced outward to the edges of the room. This hot air then travels down the room’s walls and to the floor. When it gets there, all it can do is make it way to the room’s center area. The reversed rotation of the blades then suck the hot air back up and through the fan’s blades.

Getting the Most Out Of Your Ceiling Fan Installations

It’s best to install ceiling fans in all of the rooms you use the most in your home. They help increase comfort-levels. Plus, if installed properly, you can use them to help lower your heating costs this winter. Here are six ceiling fan installation tips to help you save energy:

  1. Room ceilings should be at least 8 feet high
  2. Ceiling fan blades should be at least 7 feet higher than floor
  3. Blades need to be at least 8 inches under ceiling, but 10 or more inches is best
  4. Fan blades should be no less than 18 inches from the walls
  5. Install multiple ceiling fans in rooms over 18 feet long, for best results
  6. Use larger ceiling fans for bigger rooms
    1. Rooms smaller than 225 square feet: 36 to 44-inch diameter fans are good
    2. Rooms bigger than 225 square feet: 52-inch diameter fans are best

For more information on saving on energy costs by using ceiling fans, visit http://www.millennialliving.com/content/use-ceiling-fans-cut-heating-bills.

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