Ceiling fans, winter and you - a guide to saving energyFriday 29th June 2018 05:00pm
Everybody knows that ceiling fans help you feel cooler.
Through a process called evaporation, the fans generate a breeze that facilitate evaporation, which cools the body.
What everybody doesn’t know is that ceiling fans can be used in much the same way as you use them in summer, but in this case, they help facilitate heating in the room.
In order to take advantage of them, you’ll need to first locate the switch on the fan that controls the direction of the blade.
In the summer, to get the wind-chill effect, the blades need to run in a counter-clockwise fashion. This is the setting that most fans use automatically. Test your fan by turning it on, and identify the fan’s direction. If you need to, switch the fan to run in the clockwise direction to enhance heating.
In the clockwise direction, the blades push air up and the fan helps to better distribute heat. Here’s how:
- As the blades move, they draw in air from around the room and push it up toward the ceiling.
- The force of the air pushes the air at the top of the room toward the walls, at the outer edges.
- Then, the air moves back down to the ground.
- Since air at the top of a room is warmer, the entire room starts to feel warmer as the air is pushed back down to the bottom of the room.
- The process repeats.
By some estimations, experts report that homeowners can save as much as 15 per cent on heating costs when they run ceiling fans.
Due to the improved distribution of heat in the room, you can turn down the thermostat on your heating system, such as reverse cycle air conditioning.
When you do so, your heater runs less often, consuming less energy.
Unlike your heater or air conditioner, you shouldn’t turn ceiling fans on and let them run continuously, even when you’re not in the room.
In most cases, to benefit from ceiling fan use, you need to be in the room to take advantage of the enhanced heating.
Don’t work your way through the home, turning on ceiling fans, and then leaving the room. The fans won’t distribute heat throughout the home.
At Lighting Illusions, we have the advice, range and price to help you source the best ceiling fans for your home, so reach out to us today.