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

September 23, 2010 - 7:30am

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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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