Ceiling fans reduce heating costs

Last January, I climbed up on a ladder in the living room to replace a bulb in the overhead light fixture.

  • I immediately began to sweat.

The difference in temperature from floor level to up near the ceiling was significant. This proved that the warm air from the furnace was rising straight up to the ceiling and only falling back down once it cooled off. Because of this, higher thermostat settings were necessary. The furnace was forced to run longer and more often, resulting in greater energy consumption, accelerated wear and tear and higher utility bills. I was not happy about the idea of paying extremely expensive energy bills in order to heat the ceiling. I needed to figure out a way to push the heat down toward the floor. With a little research, I came across ceiling fans. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and prices. There are extremely modern ceiling fans with premium fan motors and higher blade pitch that can move a great deal of air effectively. There are some really beautiful options, and my husband and I were able to handle DIY installation. I invested into ceiling fans for all the main living spaces, including our bedrooms. We set the ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise during summer to create a cooling effect. We reverse the direction in the winter months and run the fan on a slower speed to distribute heat more effectively throughout the room. I’ve seen nearly a fifteen percent reduction on our monthly heating costs and the home feels more comfortable.

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