Join an exclusive "fan club" on Sunday
While fidgeting with all your clocks this weekend (daylight savings!), remember to reverse the direction of ceiling fans to save on winter heating bills.
Wed, Oct 28 2009 at 11:22 AM
The tip comes from the folks at energy-savvy
ceiling fan manufacturer Hunter
who recommend performing one small, additional task this Sunday when Daylight Saving Time goes into effect: while you’re running around the house in a post-Halloween stupor trying to set back all of your clocks one hour, you should also
reverse the direction of any ceiling fans you might have.
It’s a small detail
that many homeowners and renters may not know about, but you can reverse the direction of most ceiling fan blades via a built-in switch. By default, the blades usually spin in a counter-clockwise direction which blows air downwards and creates a desired, cooling effect during the summer months. During the winter, when running a fan clockwise
at a low speed, warm air trapped near the ceiling circulates with cooler air, and in turn, makes a room warmer. Doing this while also turning down your thermostat a couple of notches can result in saving 10 percent on winter heating costs. Not too shabby.
So remember, come Sunday you have this to do: Halloween cleanup and/or hangover nursing, turning back clocks, and simply reversing the direction of any ceiling fans in your home for greater energy-efficiency
. Piece o’ cake.
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