Summer is over, and if you’re like most homeowners, you likely aren’t using your ceiling fans as much as you might have during the summer. However, you might want to rethink that. You may find it hard to believe, but your ceiling fans can help keep you warm during the winter and lower your heating bill.

My ceiling fans can do what?! It seems counterintuitive, but household ceiling fans actually can help during the cold winter months. Typically, we utilize our ceiling fans to help circulate cool air throughout our homes, so, naturally, you may shiver at the thought of leaving them on once the temperature drops. If you take a closer look at your fan, however, you will notice that there is a switch on its motor housing that causes your fan to rotate in the opposite direction. This way, instead of forcing the air in your home downward, the blades of the fan will push the air up. In doing so, your fans can effectively displace warm air that has risen to the ceiling and return it down into your living spaces.

What are the benefits of using ceiling fans in conjunction with my furnace? The most obvious reason for using your ceiling fans this winter is to boost your home’s comfort. As mentioned previously, when you switch your fan’s blades so that they move clockwise, this redirects warm to your living space. This, in turn, can result in more even heating throughout your home, which means that potentially, you can drop your thermometer down a few degrees, enabling your furnace to work a little less hard this winter.

Running your fans this winter also will put some extra cash into your wallet. Because fans enable a more even distribution of heat in your home, and your furnace cycles on and off less frequently, you’ll be conserving energy and saving money on your utility bill. Your ceiling fans can cut your heating costs by as much as 10 percent.

For more expert advice on using ceiling fans this winter, contact the experts at Pipe Works Services. We’ve been serving residential and commercial customers in Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex counties since 2000. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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