Do Ceiling Fans Save You Any Money On Energy Bills?  

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Not only do ceiling fans save us money during the warm weather, but during cool months as well. The only real change made between the seasons is the fan’s speed and its rotation orientation. In the summer, you must set your fans to move counterclockwise to save energy and set them to turn slowly clockwise in the winter. Ceiling fans help push cool and warm air around your home, placing less work on your HVAC system while keeping your monthly energy bills at an affordable cost! Milford Heating & Cooling understands the importance of saving money. Now, let’s continue to help you better discern how to get the most out of your ceiling fans!  

How Do I Adjust My Ceiling Fan For Winter?  

Summer is passing us by, so colder temperatures will be here before we know it! There are numerous things we must keep in mind when shifting from season to season, so let’s now address how you can adequately modify your ceiling fan for winter. On your ceiling fan, you should find a switch on one side of your ceiling fan’s base. Turn off your ceiling fan via the pull chain AND the wall switch. Failing to do so may end in an injury to yourself or others! In addition, when altering the fan blade direction, it is wise to wipe down the light covers and the blades and make any desired cosmetic adjustments while doing so, to avoid overlooking these measures in the future. Once you complete the switch, you are basically under the back of a fan, dispersing warm air rather than cold air. 

How Do Ceiling Fans Function?  

Ceiling fans shift the air by using electricity within your home. The rotating blades don’t cool the air but push it down, keeping us comfortable through a wind-chill effect while enriching air circulation during hot summer days. In the winter, modifying the spin direction produces an updraft and, together with the blades’ shape, blows the rising hot air and discourages that hot air from stagnating. Next, the air is pushed out and down the walls, bringing a warm environment to your level, so you may stay warm without your furnace overdoing it. You will be delighted to see the contrast in your energy bills when correctly operating your ceiling fan! Though there is a catch. If you leave your ceiling fan running while you are away for an extended period, you will only be wasting electricity and hard-earned cash. Therefore, it is necessary to utilize your fan strategically, ensuring you save money and help discourage mold growth and extreme humidity.  

When Are Ceiling Fans Problematic?  

Unlike the benefits of fans, there are some shortcomings that you should acknowledge to more adequately weigh the pros and cons and determine what is appropriate for you and your home. While ceiling fans can support keeping your home cool by further circulating the air, there are some things to evaluate to ensure your fan use stays efficient; evading unnecessarily high energy bills, such as:  

  1. ONLY Use Ceiling Fans Alongside Your AC: Operating your fan alone is a quick way to increase the temperature in your house because appliances like ceiling fans generate small amounts of heat that can accumulate. 
  1. All-Day Ceiling Fan Usage Is A NO-NO: When you are away from home, turn them off; you can turn them back on upon your return. With smart-home automation, you can conveniently preset a time for your fans to turn on automatically!  
  1. ALWAYS Obtain The Correct Fan Size: Install a fan to serve the size of the room adequately and ensure to locate it central to the room to maximize savings. For instance, a 36-inch fan typically reaches approximately six feet from the center point and may not accommodate a large room effectively.  
  1. In Cool Temps, DON’T Run Fans On High: If it’s cooler outside, it’s essential to utilize your fans on a low setting to ensure any pulling up of cold air and pushing down of warm air.  

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call today at (513) 655-5112, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Milford Heating & Cooling appreciates your time and wants to ensure you stay comfortable through each season without breaking the bank! We are eager to hear how we can help you and your household today!  

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