How Ceiling Fan Direction Impacts Energy Efficiency and Comfort

ceiling fan directionDid you know that changing your ceiling fan direction can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently? It can save you on energy costs while keeping your home more comfortable throughout the year.

Cooling in the Warmer Months

There’s a common myth that turning on a ceiling fan will bring down the temperature in your home. If you measure the temperature in the room where a ceiling fan is running, you will find that the temperature isn’t going down. It just feels like it.

If you step outside on a cold winter’s day in Chicago and feel a breeze across your skin, you’re going to feel colder than it actually is outside. That is the wind chill effect. When you turn on your ceiling fan in the summer, you’re experiencing the same effect.

In warm weather, ceiling fans should rotate in a counterclockwise direction, creating a breeze that blows downward into the room. This air flows across your skin and speeds up the evaporation of any moisture. That’s what causes the feeling of additional coolness.

Using Ceiling Fans in Colder Months

Hot air rises, and during the winter months, all of heated air in your home collects close to the ceiling. The ceiling fan can help bring that heated air down to where people can enjoy it. That also allows you to keep the thermostat down a degree or two.

In the winter, switch the direction of the fan to clockwise. This draws air up from the center of the room and pushes air out toward the walls, helping to distribute heated air down from the ceiling to the living space.

Learn more about ceiling fan direction, as well as Hollub, Inc.’s air conditioning solutions, or call us at (312) 829-8000 to schedule an appointment.

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