Check Ceiling Fans – Daily Financial Challenge

We’ll round out this week with another financial challenge to get your house prepared for the summer heat. If you have ceiling fans in your house, we’re going to make sure that all your ceiling fans are set and blowing the correct direction.

Using fans in conjunction with your air conditioner can save you a tremendous amount in energy costs. A fan can make the temperature in a room seem as much as 10 degrees cooler which means that you don’t have to work your air conditioner as hard (if you don’t have any ceiling fans, consider purchasing some – they can be found starting at about $25 at most home improvement stores and will usually pay for themselves in a single summer).

Most ceiling fans are reversible. This means they can blow air up or down. For the summer, you want to make sure that your fans are blowing the air down. This is important because if your fan is blowing air upward, it can actually heat up the room instead of cooling it because warm air that collects near the ceiling is bounced back down towards the living area.

The first step is to test your fans and make sure they are all blowing downward. To test, turn on your fan and stand directly under it looking up. In most cases, a counter-clockwise rotation will blow the air down while a clockwise rotation will lift the air up.

If you still are unsure, turn the fan on full-speed while standing directly below it. If you can feel a strong breeze hitting you, then the air is blowing down. If you can’t feel anything, then it is blowing upward and you’ll need to change the rotation direction.

Most fans have a switch to change the fan’s direction. The direction switch is usually found on the side of the fan between the light and the fan blades. Make sure the fan is turned completely off and not spinning before you flip the switch or you can damage the motor.

Using your fans this summer in conjunction with your air conditioner you can save as much as $50 off your energy bill.

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5 Responses to Check Ceiling Fans – Daily Financial Challenge

  1. Nick says:

    We used our ceiling fan for the first time last night, and it helped keep our bedroom nice and cool all night long. I’m resisting hitting that A/C button for as long as I can!

  2. Laura says:

    Should you leave the fans running all the time or only when you’re in the room?

  3. pfadvice says:

    Should you leave the fans running all the time or only when you’re in the room?

    If you have the air conditioner on, then it’s worthwhile having the fans on.

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  5. Hugh Buckhaults says:

    My bedroom ceiling fan is now running backwards(pulling air up). It has no reverse switch and the blades can’t change pitch. The power company did change the transformer to my house last winter but as an electrician of 30 years, changing phases on a single phase motor should not affect directions! Any ideas on how I might change blade direction? Hot in Texas!!

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