Ceiling fans are another tool we use here at the Frugal Workshop to help save money year round. Not only do they add beauty to our home, but they also serve as a supplement to both our heating and cooling systems.
I don't know about your area of the country, but this December has been very warm here in south eastern Tennessee. Several times my daughter has wanted to turn on the air conditioning, but I turned the ceiling fans on instead, which provided enough of a cool breeze to avoid turning on the air conditioner, which ends up saving money on our electric bill.
Todays ceiling fans are very efficient in moving air around and are built to be used all year long. The key to using your ceiling fan properly is to adjust the rotation of the fan blades according to the temperatures.
Because hot air rises, the air that we normally pay to heat at this time of year ends up accumulating towards the ceiling. When ceiling fan blades are reversed and forced to move in a clockwise direction, the air is pushed up towards the ceiling and down the walls. This moves the hot air down to the floor, thus making the room feel warmer where people are gathered, rather than being allowed to accumulate towards the ceiling.
Do you need to know how to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan? Here are directions to help you with this task. First off you need to turn the ceiling fan off and wait until the blades have stopped moving completely. Then you can follow these easy directions:
- Get a step stool or ladder to stand on.
- Locate the directional (forward/reverse) toggle switch on the body of your fan.
- Flip the toggle switch in the opposite direction.
- Get off step stool or ladder.
- Turn fan back on.
- Stand directly under the fan and make sure the blades are rotating in the proper direction for the season.
- Then sit back and enjoy the comfort and savings that a ceiling fan will provide year round.
What about your household? Do you have ceiling fans to help save money on your heating and cooling system? Are they rotating in the correct direction for the season?
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2012.
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