November is here and many parts of the country are already feeling the chill. This weekend, a nor’easter dropped up to 20 inches of snow in cities along the eastern seaboard — a reminder that winter is coming.
No matter where you live, though, the seasonal change in temperature throughout Colorado serves as an excellent reminder to reset the blades on your home’s ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans don’t warm or cool air, specifically. Instead, they circulate air that can have the effect of making a room feel warmer in the winter months, and cooler in the summer months.
When it’s cold outside, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling, balancing the heat within a room. This can make a room feel 4-6 degrees warmer. Then, during warmer months, ceiling fans push a room’s cold air back into circulation, which creates a windchill effect, of sorts. This can change a room’s temperature 4-6 degrees.
The secret to a ceiling fan is in the rotation direction of its blades:
- When fan blades rotate clockwise, the fan makes a room feel warmed
- When fan blades rotate counter-clockwise, the fan makes a room feel cooler.
This Weather Channel video explains how it works.
If your home is without ceiling fans, consider installing one (or more). Ceiling fans are economical and “green”, using the equivalent energy of a 100-watt light bulb, while lowering your home’s energy costs. Plus, they’re relatively simple to install. Tutorial videos are available online for the do-it-yourselfers, or just call a qualified electrician for assistance. Installing a ceiling fan is a 1-hour project.