Woman adjusting thermostat
21 Nov

Reverse your ceiling fan to save money, energy and your furnace

It is no secret to homeowners that any significant rise or fall in outside temperature will also lead to a steady rise in utility bills. But what may come as a surprise are the simple tips one can utilize to help achieve significant savings on both energy and money while still staying warm throughout the winter months. 

Ceiling fans help cool a room during the summer, but not everyone is aware that they can also play just as crucial a role the rest of the year. Let the professionally trained contractors affiliated with HVAC 911 show you how to quickly and easily improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency this winter. 

What to Do

Ceiling fans typically have a switch located on the motor housing that allows you to change the direction the blades rotate. During the warmer months, the fan blades should rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling breeze. However, during the winter, you should reverse the direction of these blades to clockwise when viewed from below. You should also ensure there is at least a foot of clearance between the blades and the ceiling when installing a fan for best air redistribution. Run your ceiling fan at a low speed to gently circulate the warm air without creating a noticeable breeze.

How it Works

Unlike space heaters that only warm specific areas, a ceiling fan with a reversed direction helps distribute heat evenly across the entire room, ensuring a more uniform temperature and eliminating cold spots. With a ceiling fan set to rotate clockwise, the blades gently push the warm air that tends to accumulate and get trapped near the ceiling down towards the living space. This simple adjustment promotes more efficient heating and reduces the workload on your home’s heating system to make up for a difference in temperatures. This also means that you may be able to lower your thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing comfort, resulting in reduced energy consumption and lower heating bills.

Want More Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills? Call HVAC 911!

Reversing the direction of your ceiling fans during the winter is a simple yet effective win-win for both your comfort and your wallet, and there are countless other maintenance and upgrade solutions that HVAC 911 can help with that go a long way in promoting sustainability and energy conservation within your home. 

HVAC 911 is a contractor referral service that employs highly skilled and highly-trained service technicians capable of helping you with annual maintenance and to repair or replace breakdowns in your home’s heating system. Call HVAC 911 to be referred to a licensed HVAC contractor for all your heating needs.