Home Maintenance Tips: Are You Utilizing Ceiling Fans Throughout the Seasons?

Many people don't realize that something as easy and uncomplicated as installing ceiling fans can actually help them to save energy in their home. It is one of the most overlooked home maintenance tips. Sometimes just simply adding ceiling fans to your home lighting can make all the difference all year round. So, are you utilizing ceiling fans throughout the seasons?

In the Summer

Of course you're going to want to use your ceiling fans in the summer. Why wouldn't you? It's a great way to get the air in your home circulating to help cool yourself off. The turning blades push the air down, which causes cooler air to travel down to floor level and around the edges of the room. A ceiling fan can make a room feel 4 or more degrees cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature on your thermostat to a higher than normal setting while still feeling just as cool as if you haven't touched it. With this method you can save up to 40% on your electric bill in the hot summer months. Just be sure to turn your fans off when you are not home.

In the Winter

Most people wouldn't even think to use a ceiling fan in the winter. It probably seems pointless since you're trying to warm up your home rather than cool it down. The truth is that if you set your ceiling fan blades to actually turn in the opposite direction, it will have the opposite effect. The turning blades will now push the air up, and since heat rises, the fan will help to evenly circulate the hot air around the room. This can cut down on heating costs and help to get rid of the annoying condensation that can build up on your windows.

When used properly, ceiling fans can help you to reduce your energy costs all year round while keeping your home at its maximum comfort level at the same time. Contact us for more information on this and all of your home construction and remodeling needs.