A little effort now will mean a more comfortable climate later.
As the winter chill begins to thaw, it’s time to check on your ceiling fan to make sure you’re getting the most efficient heating and cooling for your home. The humble ceiling fan can make a big difference in your comfort level, allowing you to set the thermostat a little lower and the air conditioning a little higher. To get the greatest energy savings out of your ceiling fans, follow these season guidelines.
First, Do You Need Another Ceiling Fan?
Unless your ceiling fan has blades set at an angle, it’s not doing a good job of moving air. The optimal angle is 12 degrees, so look at your existing ceiling fan to be sure it’s adequate to do the job. And, the more surface area you have, the more air you can move. If you find your ceiling fan isn’t moving enough air, you might also consider upgrading to one with larger, angled blades.
Of course, the fan needs to look good too, so choose the largest one to fit the space without overwhelming it visually. Then there’s the issue of having just one ceiling fan, say in the living room. Ideally, you’ll have them in every room where you spend a lot of time. That includes the bedroom, living room, recreation room and kitchen.
Keeping Ceiling Fans Running Well
Thankfully, ceiling fans don’t need much maintenance. Now is a good time to observe the operation of your ceiling fans to make sure they are not wobbling, which can eventually cause damage and may compromise efficiency. Balancing kits are typically included with a new ceiling fan, but most of us lose them sooner or later. A replacement kit won’t cost you much at the local hardware store. Use it to add or remove weight from individual blades until no discernible wobble exists when running at the highest speed setting.
Keeping It Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter
When the weather warms up, it’s time to change the direction of rotation of the ceiling fan from counter clockwise to clockwise. Ideally, you’ve had it running at a low speed during the winter months to push heat that has risen down into the living space. The warmer the weather gets, the less desirable this becomes. When you’re sure you won’t need to turn the heat on for a while, it’s time to reverse the direction of the fan blades using the switch, usually located between the fan blades and the ceiling.
Remember that the ceiling fan doesn’t actually change the temperature. It just makes it feel more comfortable by moving air. If you’re looking for cooling benefits, consider a whole house fan, air conditioning system, or a combination of both.
Ask MM Comfort Systems about Optimal Cooling and Heating for Your Home
For some families, a whole house fan, with windows open on the bottom floor, is enough to stay comfortable all summer. Ask MM Comfort Systems about this option and other cooling options. Our experienced technicians will help you find the right fit. Call us at 425.533.9058, or use or online contact form to set up a free heating and cooling consultation.