Most homes today have some type of ceiling fan but knowing how to use it properly year round is another thing. Ceiling fans can help your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They can help you have an energy efficient home. When combined with a lighting system they add light to a room and come in many different types of designs to add beauty as well. Here are some ceiling fan tips to help make sure you are using yours correctly.
Keeping Things Cool
During warmer weather you want your ceiling fan cooling your room so it needs to be circulating in the right direction. This is typically counterclockwise. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction the blades are moving. The best speed setting is high. You can tell if it is moving the right way if you can feel a breeze when you stand under it. Fans differ in how they work so check the book that came with yours to see which direction it should be going to create the breeze effect.
Keeping Things Warm
During the colder months, you want to reverse the direction. This means the fan will pull the warm air at the top up and over, mixing it with the cool air. This provides for a steadier temperature and a less work for your heating systems.
Raise The Temperature
If you do run your ceiling fans all the time in the summer you can raise your temperature setting. The fan will help keep the air moving and a breeze going which makes you feel cooler even if the temperature is set a bit higher.
Not at Home?
To save energy and money turn your ceiling fans off when you are not going to be home. It does not take them long to get the air moving when you switch them back on so there is no sense in running them when no one is home.
If you are purchasing a brand new ceiling it is wise just to get a unit with the light fixture. If a room needs a ceiling fan it most like needs the extra lighting as well. Yale Lighting Concepts can help you with all your ceiling fan and lighting needs so give us a call or visit our website today.