KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 28, 2014 – With a heat wave bearing down on Central Florida this week, now is the time to switch the direction of your ceiling fan to receive maximum performance and energy savings.
In the winter, a ceiling fan should operate at a low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Once the summer heat has arrived, however, the ceiling fan should be switched into the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you “feel” cooler.
How to reverse a ceiling fan:
1. Look at the current rotational direction of the blades and determine if you need to change the blades’ direction.
2. Turn off the ceiling fan.
3. Wait for the ceiling fan blades to completely stop rotating.
4. Find the switch that reverses the direction of the blades’ rotation. Conventional ceiling fans have a switch on the housing assembly near the pull string or cord (see attached photo illustration). Some modern ceiling fans have remote controls that include a button for reversing blade rotation.
5. Push or flip the switch to the opposite position, reversing the direction. Turn the ceiling fan back on and proceed with using it in your home to circulate air.
Ideally, ceiling fans should be used alone or in conjunction with your air conditioner. If you use them both, you can set your thermostat two to four degrees warmer without sacrificing any comfort, and for each degree you raise the thermostat, you’ll save about eight percent on your electric bill.
Remember: Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. If the room is unoccupied, turn off the ceiling fan to save energy.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent