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How Has a Ceiling Fan Affected the Way You Heat and Cool Your Home?

Posted Sep 23 2010 4:30am

On Monday, Chris told you about his new ceiling fan and how it's changed the way he cools his home. In warm weather, ceiling fans cool people (not rooms) by producing a wind-chill effect—which is why you should turn off fans when you leave the room. A ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

Ceiling fans don't just cool in the summer; you can also reverse the direction in the winter to provide an updraft and force warm air down into the room.

How has a ceiling fan affected the way you heat and cool your home?

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