Run ceiling fans in reverse during the winter to circulate warm air

Why? We know ceiling fans help keep us cool and reduce AC costs in the summer. These same fans can actually be just as useful in the winter months, reducing your dependence on heating and lowering your energy bill.
How it works: Running the fan in reverse creates an updraft that sends warmer air pooled near the ceiling back down into the living space.

  • Turn the fan off with the wall switch or by pulling the string located on the fan.
  • Wait for the blades to stop turning, then look for a small toggle switch on the fan's body and switch it in the opposite direction.
  • Turn on your ceiling fan again. The blades should be running in the other direction and you should not feel a breeze when you stand directly under the fan.

Good to know: Always use the low speed setting when running your fan in the winter.

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