This Fan Trick Can Keep Your House Warm All Winter Long

Updated: Feb. 06, 2024

It's SO easy!

As summer comes to a close and you start preparing the exterior of your house for fall, it’s also time to get the indoors ready for those colder months. As you go through your winter checklist to get your home ready for colder weather, you’ll want to also to add this fan trick to the list.

Typically your ceiling fan is used to keep your room cool during the summer. But did you know that it can also help with keeping your house warm during the winter? That’s right, and it’s very simple to do! All you have to do is switch around the direction of your fan. Simply switching the direction of your fan will actually push the warm air down from the ceiling, keeping your room warm (and saving you money on that energy bill). If saving money is your goal, you can simply turn down the thermostat and let the fan push down the warm air that’s already in the house. A low setting is all you need to keep the warm air flowing.

Since warm air rises, it makes sense that you would want some type of contraption to push that warm air back down to the ground. When the fan is moving in the “forward” direction (counter-clockwise) it just pushes down cool air. But putting the fan on “reverse” (clockwise) on a low speed will gently draw up the warm air and push it back down, circling the warm air around the room.

So this fall, take some time to set all of your fans to move clockwise! This “winter mode” will help to keep your rooms warm while also conserving energy—not to mention, it’ll save you money!

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