Ceiling Fan Circulation
Ceiling Fans are usually quite decorative and can help make a room look
very good. They are the perfect touch and accent for a room and can add
that something extra to the decor. However, not only do ceiling fans
look good and match decor, but Ceiling fans also can be an important part
of an energy conservation plan. This article is designed to provide
information on how to effectively use ceiling fans to cut energy bills,
maintain efficiency, and still provide an air temperate that is comfortable
for you, your family, and your guests.
The most common use of ceiling fan takes place during the summer. Ceiling
fans are most often used to circulate stagnant, hot air and to enhance the
flow of air around a room or a building. In the summer time, the best way
to use the fan is to use it in the standard (counter clockwise) direction.
This has the effect of pushing the air downward and can make the air feel
significantly cooler. This effect is similiar to what meteorologists often
refer to as "wind chill," or the chilling affect that circulating air has
on a person's skin.
A well placed ceiling fan can make the downward moving air feel 5 to as much
as 10 degrees cooler on a person's skin. This makes a big difference in the
summer time since it allow a person to set the heating level a lot higher
why still remaining cool. By setting the thermostat higher, a person or
household can cut their heating bills drastically. This can be really
significant is energy starved areas like California or whenever the price
of electricity goes up in the summertime during periods of high demand.
Conversely in the winter time, the fan should be set in reverse. This does
not just push air downward, but instead has the affect of circulating the
air around the room and reducing the air stagnation prevalent in most homes
during the winter months. Most of the time, during the winter, the hot air
rises up to the ceiling and stays trapped at the top of the room. A ceiling
fan ensures that the air does not stay up at the top of the room, but
instead moves down to where people can use it. In winter months, the
recirculation of warm air can ensure that it is not lost and can also
dramatically reduce heating costs. In time, the use of a ceiling fan can pay
Another way to use ceiling fans in both summer aand winter months is to
deploy a small network of ceiling fans located throughout different rooms
in a house or apartment. The ceiling fans can be used to circualte air
within a room or between rooms and the combines effect of the cieling fans
will be to have a constant breeze blowing throughout the house even in the
most stagnant and humid summer months. Clearly ceiling fans are an item that
most houses would be wise to add to their decorating schemes because of the
potential benefits and cost savings.