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How Can a Ceiling Fan Heat a Home in the Winter?

Bedford Homeowner in Baffled

Ceiling fans are effective in the winter to distribute the air, and subsequent heat, in a room. The ceiling fan’s blades need to change direction, moving clockwise. Many fans have a switch that allows you to make this change. Traveling clockwise, the blades push the warmer air in the room down, making it feel more comfortable even at a lower thermostat setting.
A Bedford homeowner was looking for more cost-effective ways to heat his home this winter. When we suggested he use his living room’s ceiling fan he was blown away.

By Pushing the Warm Air Down, Room Will Feel Warmer

A ceiling fan normally has a setting with its blades traveling in a counterclockwise motion. This allows for the ceiling fan to create a wind chill effect in the room, ideal for the summer months. However, when making the change to a clockwise motion, the ceiling fan can actually help to heat the home.

When traveling clockwise, the fan’s blades pull in air throughout the room, pushing it to the ceiling. This in turn pushes the warm air at the ceiling down towards the ground. Since the air at the top of the room is warmer than at the bottom, this equates to warm air being pushed and circulated to the livable, lower space of the room.
When run correctly, the ceiling fan can make a significant difference in the comfort level of a room. This can be especially true in rooms with high, cathedral ceilings.

For the homeowner in Bedford, he felt a significant difference when running the fan in a clockwise motion. In fact, it improved the heat in the living room so much that he was comfortable decreasing the thermostat by a degree, saving money as a result.

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