Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quick Tip: Adjust Ceiling Fans For Winter

Make sure your fan is set to run clockwise to spread heat evenly through your room. EnergyStar.gov explains proper ceiling fan use:
In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!
Energy Star is a joint project of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, when weirdos warn you about creeping big government trying to run your life, this is the stuff they're taking about - Big Brother trying to save you a few bucks on your winter heating bill. Be afraid! Be very afraid! Or maybe just ignore the weirdos & take a second to double-check that you're getting the most out of your fan.
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