The cold weather has hit many of us across the United States. It is now time to keep your employees and customers warm. Ceiling fans are a great resource to keep a cool breeze moving to cool your space and employees. The same holds true in the winter months for creating a warmer environment. Not only are HVLS fans great for cooling, but they also help distribute warm air to minimize heat loss.
As a rule, warm air rises. As you spend money to make sure your building is warm for your employees and customers, you often lose that warm air through the roof. Ultimately, driving up the cost of heating.
Winter Heating Costs & Efficiency
On average, winter heating costs about 15-50% more than summer cooling because heating uses about three times more energy. However, you may be able to save about 15% on your monthly electric bills, by running an HVLS ceiling fan during the winter months and saving money on heating bills.
Using Ceiling Fans in the Winter
The best way to use ceiling fans in the winter is to set your thermostat temperature on your HVAC system a few degrees cooler and turn your ceiling fan on and circulate the air in a counterclockwise direction. It’s very important to be aware of your ceiling fan direction as the wrong fan direction will have the opposite effect.
You will need to switch your fan to reverse or clockwise, on a low speed for heat destratification, to help push the warm air towards the floor level and pull the cool air up. Once the air rises, it will span towards the walls and outer edges of the room and then is pushed back towards the floor. Because the air close to the ceiling is warmer, the air that is pushed towards the floor mixed and causes the room overall to feel warmer and keeps the air at a steadier temperature. If your ceilings are high, vaulted or cathedral type, running the fan in the counterclockwise rotation would be ideal for this ceiling height for heat distribution. This will distribute the heat in the room, causing the HVAC system to work less and improve the overall comfort level. When the HVAC system is running less frequently, it consumes less energy, thus, saving you money in heating costs. Passing the energy savings on to you.
Reasons to Use a Ceiling Fan in the Winter
There are many reasons using a ceiling fan in the winter can benefit your business:
- Redistribution of warm air makes a room feel warm and more comfortable for your employees
- Increases productivity
- Energy-efficient by saving on heating costs
- Reduces the cost of supplemental central heating
- Reduces fire hazards and clutter due to space heaters
- Improves indoor oxygen content and air quality
- Provides uniform humidity control
- Reduces floor sweat
What type of HVLS Ceiling Fans to Use for Winter
Before you purchase just any old ceiling fan, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Not all ceiling fans are capable of running in reverse, and not all are compatible with large open spaces. You will need to keep your building management system in mind before making a purchase.
Think of your warehouse or building layout. How big of a ceiling fan do you need for your space? Do you have obstructions such as tall pallets racks, machinery, or loading areas with obstructions from the floor to the ceiling?