Amanda Cochran , Digital Special Projects Manager
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HOUSTON – If you have ceiling fans, you’re going to want to know about this trick to keep your home warmer this winter.
All ceiling fans have the ability to switch direction, moving the flow of air upward or downward.
As fan manufacturer Hunter said in its blog, in the winter, you’ll want to change your fan to the clockwise direction to create an updraft and circulate warm air around the room.
In the summer, it should be moving in a counterclockwise direction to help create a downdraft -- a direct breeze.
Depending on what kind of fan you have, you can use a remote, switch on the fan casing or voice commands to change the blades’ direction. If you have a chain pull, it’s a little trickier. Here’s guidance on that.
This may seem obvious, but make sure your fan is OFF before you move to change its settings. You don’t want the fan to be moving and potentially hit you while you’re messing with it. Don’t be like these people.
The effect of this change is that your home feels warmer. Using a fan in conjunction with heating can save you up to 15 percent on your energy costs, according to Citizens Utility Board, an advocacy group in Illinois, that cited the Department of Energy.
And just a reminder, a lot of these “keep your home cooler” hacks work to keep your home warmer. Take a look to help ease your heating costs this winter.
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