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Use Ceiling Fans in Winter to Push Down Warm Air

By: Ryan Litwiller on January 25th, 2016

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Use Ceiling Fans in Winter to Push Down Warm Air

Smart Homeowner Tips

It may sound counter intuitive, but your ceiling fans can be used for more than cooling off your home during the warm summer months.

You read that right, your ceiling fans can actually work to help keep your home warmer during those bitter cold winter nights.

RetroFoam of Michigan has more than 15 years of experience insulating homes across the lower peninsula. While foam insulation is all we do, we also pride ourselves in knowing the tips and tricks that will make your home a more comfortable space.

Now let’s get to the science of ceiling fans.

Which Way Should a Ceiling Fan Turn in the Winter

Since heat rises, using a ceiling fan during the winter months to push warm air away from the ceiling can help spread that heat more evenly around the room.

It’s as easy as flipping a switch on your ceiling fan so it rotates in the opposite direction.

Another key thing to remember is to run your fan on a slow speed and double check that the motor is set to the opposite of the default summer rotation. This will create a “gentle updraft,” according to Energy Star.

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