Save Money on your Winter Energy Bills with Ceiling Fans

November 19th, 2010

Yes you read that correctly, Ceiling fans can help reduce your energy usage and costs in the winter time also! Although ceiling fans are more commonly linked to hot weather they can help add comfort year-round. They also cost a lot less to operate than your heating and cooling units. Energy Star pie_graphSince heating and cooling is the majority of your energy bill they can help save you money throughout the year.

According to The U.S. Energy Information Administration the average U.S. household will pay $986 during the 2010 – 2011 winter season. An easy way to reduce this amount up to 15% every year is by changing the direction of your ceiling fan during the cooler months.

Ceiling Fan Direction in the Winter

During the Summer ceiling fans add a cooling breeze to your home but if you operate them in reverse mode in the Winter they can help distribute warm air evenly throughout a room allowing you to turn down your thermostat.

When a fan is in reverse mode (spinning clockwise) it re-circulates the warmer air that is trapped near the ceiling down to the floor level distributing the warmer air where it is needed the most.

To determine what direction your ceiling fan is spinning and exceptions to keep in mind check out Del Mar Designs Ceiling Fan Direction Guide.

Ceiling Fans with built in HeatersHunter Westover Four Seasons 21894

Another safe and affordable way to stay warm in the cooler months is with a Hunter Westover Four Seasons ceiling fan. This fan is great for year round comfort because it features a built in heater. The Westover Four Seasons fan features Hunter’s Illumi-Heat Ceramic Heating Technology which allows you turn down your thermostat even lower or even off.

?For other easy ways to help reduce energy costs during the Winter months check out BlogLighting’s Holiday Energy Saving Tips.

One Response to “Save Money on your Winter Energy Bills with Ceiling Fans”

  1. Jason B. says:

    I’m so glad I found this post! I’ve read various blogs today wondering if it’s true that running your fan in reverse has an effect on your home’s heating bill. I never realized it would spread the warm air evenly throughout my apartment (should be cheaper with smaller areas, too). I found a cool post with other tips when I was searching, so I thought I’d share. Thanks for the help!