Many people use ceiling fans to help keep their homes cool during the summer months, but did you know it’s advantageous to use them during the winter too? The reason is that they burn around as much electricity as a 100W light bulb, so they offer an extremely cost-effective way of supplementing your existing HVAC system.
During the warm summer months cool air tends to collect near the floor while hot air rises. By rotating the blades of the fan in an anti-clockwise (forward) position they push hot air downwards which in turn forces the cooler air up. This simple circulation can help your room feel up to 4 degrees cooler meaning that you can also set your thermostat lower, thus saving you money.
That’s all fairly straight forward right? But what about the cooler winter months? How do you use your ceiling fans then?
In essence you apply exactly the same principles but in reverse. The vast majority of ceiling fans contain a switch housed on or near the motor box that enables you to reverse the flow of the blades. This reverse mode pulls the warm air upwards towards the ceiling and drives it down towards the floor. The result is that, just like in summer, you’ll have more consistent temperatures. Therefore used in conjunction with your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, it’s going to save your money, because you’ll be able to crank down the temperature control a few degrees and still get the same results.
Even single-room heating isn’t the only benefit that ceiling fans bring during the winter months. If for example you live in a two storey house with an open stairwell you’re likely to experience annoying hot and cold zones. Upstairs rooms might be overly hot while downstairs rooms might be much cooler. This forces your heating system to work overtime trying to maintain a consistent temperature throughout. Try placing a large ceiling fan at the top of a stairwell and I’ll guarantee you’ll notice the difference. Providing the blades are in a clockwise position the hot air will move more evenly throughout the rooms and you’ll have an evenly heated home that won’t cost you the earth.
Heated ceiling fans
Another option is to install a heated ceiling fan. They come with a built-in heating element and because they are completely ductless, there’s no expensive installation involved. In addition in the summer time, the heating element can be switched off completely, so it acts just like a normal ceiling fan that helps to keep the room cool.
If you are looking to install either standard or heated ceiling fans then Static Electrics can help. We’ve been helping the residents and businesses of the Sunshine Coast solve their electrical issues for many years and our experienced technicians are highly skilled. For a competitive price, why not give us a call on 07 5445 8305 today and take the first steps towards decreasing your winter and summer bills.