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How to use ceiling fans in Winter


26 Nov 2019

It’s now common for people to use ceiling fans during summertime, they use very little energy and so this is an effective way to help keep the home cool. However, ceiling fans can also be used during the winter to help keep the home warm – here’s what you need to know.

Using Ceiling Fans in Summer

During the summer months when the weather is warm, used correctly, a ceiling fan can be a real godsend. This is because the fan blows the warm air that collects near the ceiling downwards and displaces the cool air near the floor, forcing it around the room – the room can feel significantly cooler and for those who use them, saves money on air conditioning systems. Fans should turn anti-clockwise when it’s warm to achieve this.

Using Ceiling Fans in Winter

Unbeknown to many, ceiling fans can also be used to help keep a room warm during the winter. To do so involves flicking a switch on the fan that reverses the way it spins – so now the fan will move in a clockwise direction. This means that cold air is pulled up towards the ceiling, pushing the warm air down and this increases the temperature of the room. A more even distribution of warm air throughout the home can help you save on heating costs and make for a cosier living environment – it’s a win, win scenario.

Heated Ceiling Fans

Some ceiling fans are produced with an in-built heating element that can be controlled remotely. This type of ceiling fan is quick, easy and inexpensive to install as they don’t require a vent. When it’s cold the fan produces warm air, but can still be used when it’s warm by leaving the element switched off.

Choosing a Ceiling Fan 

Finding the right ceiling fan for your home is relatively simple as they come in a range of styles and sizes that will suit any type of room in the home. Once installed it won’t be long before you notice just how useful and effective ceiling fans are. It’s worth noting that, to work efficiently ceiling fans need to be cleaned regularly to prevent a build-up of dust – you can get tips on how best to do this from our handy guide, just click here.

Where to Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans work well in most rooms, but it makes most sense to have them in spaces where it is most difficult to control the temperature. Garden rooms and conservatories are obvious examples, however mounting one at the top of a staircase, particularly if it is an open staircase will help you get the most of the fan. And, of course, bedrooms benefit from ceiling fans as when the weather is hot, the fan will help you get a good night’s sleep.

Top tip: Look out for low energy ceiling fans and pair with low energy bulbs to save even more on your energy costs.

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By Louise Whittland

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