Adding ceiling fans to improve comfort and reduce costs


Now that the outside weather has warmed up, I’ve reversed the direction of the fans

Last winter, my utility bills had a significant impact on the household budget. Despite an Energy Star rated furnace, I was not happy with the cost of heating. I started reading up on ways to minimize demands on the heating system. As per recommendations, I started replacing the air filter every six weeks. I caulked around the windows and weatherstripped the exterior doors. I set aside a weekend, removed the old insulation from the attic and installed new. I bought insulated curtains for the windows. I open the curtains to welcome in sunshine to help warm up the house during the day and close them against the cold at night. None of my efforts seemed to make much of a difference. I then climbed up on a ladder to see if the heated air was rising upward and getting trapped near the ceiling. I noticed a significant increase in temperature with every step up the ladder. Sitting on the couch, I felt slightly chilled. Standing at the top of the ladder, I started to sweat. I needed to figure out a way to properly distribute the heat. I googled and found ceiling fans. There are a wide variety of sizes, prices and styles of ceiling fans. Some include LED lights, dimmer switches, remote controls and multiple speeds. My husband and I were able to handle the installation of the ceiling fans ourselves. The fans not only add to aesthetics and provide light but help to push the heat down toward the floor. I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting and yet the house feels more comfortable. Now that the outside weather has warmed up, I’ve reversed the direction of the fans. They now create a cooling effect and lessen the workload of the air conditioner.
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