Ceiling fans for cooling and heating

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For many the season is just starting to warm up and for others it’s already warm so I thought we would take a look at some ceiling fans today. There are a multitude of models to choose from to fit almost any style imaginable.

This particular one blends in perfectly with the rest of the room decor and the beams in the ceiling. It also has a modern flair to the ceiling fan look. As you’ll see the classic version of a ceiling fan is almost hard to find today.

Today there are also ceiling fans that have fans attached and as the spin around the fans are also spinning.

While others have the look of tropical leaves to move the air around the room.
Ceiling fans are also used on porches and whether inside or out they can also have internal lighting. Fans on porches need to be suitable for outdoor conditions more so than those that will be used solely for the interior.
The purpose of ceiling fans is relatively simple- to move air. Here in the Bahamas, every room except the bathroom has ceiling fans. These fans are indispensable as the weather warms up and just having the air moving helps to keep us and the house cooler. Think of a hot day and you are outside in the shade with a breeze blowing. It really doesn’t feel all that bad but if the wind were to stop it would feel drastically warmer. The air blowing across your skin helps to remove moisture.

Unlike air conditioners, fans only move air—they do not directly change its temperature. Therefore ceiling fans that have a mechanism for reversing the direction in which the blades rotate (most commonly an electrical switch on the side of the unit) can help in both heating and cooling.

“Some ceiling fans have adjustable blade pitch instead of reversible motor. In this case, the blade should be pitched to the right (or left if the motor spins clockwise) for downdraft, and left (or right if the motor spins clockwise) for updraft.” Wikipedia

By switching the motor one can have the air pushed downward or directed up. Let’s say you have a cathedral ceiling and in the winter heat rises and cooler air sinks. In this case the air up high is warmer than where you are  on the floor level so instead of blowing the hot air down, you reverse the fan and it sucks up the cold air forcing the warmer air to circulate towards the floor. As you see, ceiling fans are not just beneficial in warm climates and can be used in both to help with heating and cooling your home.
Ceiling fans have been around for quite some time but suffered rises and falls towards the 1950’s in the US but overseas the demand was strong. As energy costs and air conditioners prices became lower, the market became stagnant again but has seen a resurgence with the advancements in new modern styles and technologies since 2000.
Personally ceiling fans are a great way to move air around a room and are more economical than air conditioning. Of course everyone has their own sets of comfort levels and for some a ceiling fan just wouldn’t do it. I also can’t help think that in the summer here some of our friends that have air conditioning pay $600-1000/ month whereas having only ceiling fans and the ocean breeze, our electric bill is rarely above $150/month. But then again, I can take quite a bit of heat given my Mediterranean background!
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About Todd Vendituoli

Todd Vendituoli has been a builder for almost 30 years with companies in Vermont and the Bahamas and HomeCentrl is an extension of those years of building experience highlighting everything about your home. I am presently working within the field of social media and using my years of construction and design knowledge to help others understand and use social media to enhance their businesses in a multitude of different ways. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and a variety of other social networks.
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