Have you ever really thought about using your ceiling fans in winter?
It is a bit more of a strategic decision that you might think, and in fact, using your heater or reverse cycle air conditioner and ceiling fan together could save you some serious money.
But to maximise the savings and still feel warm and comfortable, you have to use them properly. It is also important to understand that a lot of the discomfort of a warm room comes from the warm air not spreading evenly. So it’s too warm close to the heater and too cold away from it.
Here are a few tips we have put together at Tradesmen on Time to help you: –
- Did you know your ceiling fans have two directional settings? So, first, make sure your fan is spinning the right direction! The fan needs to turn in the right direction to spread the warmth evenly.
Do you feel a breeze when standing directly under it? If yes, it’s on the summer setting. Turn off the fan and check the flip switch that changes the direction of the blades. The switch is usually located on the base of the fan and is generally marked as W (winter) and S (summer) on the cowling.
- Turn the fan on again and leave it on the lowest setting.
- Next, turn DOWN the temperature of your heater or air conditioning! 2 or 3 degrees increase should be enough. (air cons recommended operating temperature is 24 degrees).
If you are using an electric or gas heater, then place them somewhere close to the fan.
- Don’t forget to turn off fans in unoccupied rooms.
- Keep doors and windows in heated areas closed! Just like the oven doesn’t work so good with the door open, heaters and air-con are “Sized” according to the room area and leaving windows and doors open increases power usage dramatically and reduces performance.
- Check to see if you have insulation in the ceiling! This can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of the heater or air-con and your ceiling fans, even if you are not using them together. Think about the oven analogy again, the idea is to keep the warmth on the inside and the cold outside!
Remember that fans do NOT lower or raise the temperature in your home, they simply move the warm air. They keep the air circulating and in turn you feel comfortable anywhere in the room.
As you can see, the ceiling fan itself doesn’t save you the money, the savings come from moving the air around better so you can turn the heater or air-con down a nudge. The ceiling fan enables you to remain comfortable while lowering the thermostat, therefore the two work together
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