Ceiling Fan Hacks

Too hot in the summer? While it is possible to simply turn on the AC these days, ceiling fans have their place still. Apart from saving more energy, there are also things you can do with your ceiling fans to maximize their efficiency. Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the best out of your ceiling fans. 

The History of Ceiling Fans

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Image Credits: Pixabay/JamesDeMers

With the arrival of summer, the scorching heat entangled everything that comes in its path; one would need something to rid of the cursed heat. Mankind's answer before the air conditioner is ceiling fans; unlike the fans who subscribe to your YouTube videos these days, a ceiling fan is a simple yet effective appliance that's been a staple in every house for the last century. 

The Hidden Functions

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Image Credits: Pixabay/PublicDomainImages

However, as with many other household appliances, it can be difficult at times to keep track of the various functions it has. Think of your TV remote - how many buttons do you actually use? Do you know what do the buttons do? Nobody knows. And oftentimes we will have to resort to manuals. 

To Remote or Not Remote, That's the Question

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Image Credits: Pixabay/BUMIPUTRA

As time goes by, technological advance makes life a bit easier, and old appliances like ceiling fans have been progressing with time. These days they come with various quirks, with a remote or even your own smartphones, you can make adjustments easily... but there's a hidden function with every ceiling fan out there, waiting for you to discover. 

The Cords

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Image Credits: Pixabay/blackbirdvisual1

Have you ever notice the cords on your ceiling fan? Especially for older models that came out during the last century, it is possible to find two cords on a ceiling fan. While oftentimes, one of them is the switch itself to turn it on and off, there's another cord that does something magical, something that not a lot of people know. 

Make Sure it Spins Counterclockwise in the Summer

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Image Credits: Pixabay/Quique

Do you know that there are two directions when it comes to ceiling fans? Though the design may vary by model, there should be a switch or a cord you can pull to change the direction. In the summer, try to make sure it spins counterclockwise, or make sure it pushes the air downward. If you are standing underneath the fan, you should feel a slight breeze from it. 

Make Sure it Spins Clockwise in the Winter

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Image Credits: Pexels/Curtis Adams

Now we know that our ceiling fan should spin counterclockwise in the summer, so what about clockwise? What does it do? Well, if one direction is for summer, it makes sense that the other is for winter. In this case, the air would be pulled up instead, thus circulating the hot air in the room around. 

Blade Angle = Less than 12 degrees

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Image Credits: Pixabay/alvinmatt

Yes, specifically 12 degrees, because science. It's no rocket science - the whole point of a ceiling fan is to facilitate air movement, and for anything with a blade angle less than 12 degrees, they basically end up consuming more energy than the actual job they do. So aim for something with a blade angle that's more than 12 degrees. 

Set Your Thermostat Higher in Summer

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Image Credits: Pixabay/Thomas Breher

Make it hotter at home in the summer? Yes, this might sound a bit strange - but it has its reasons. By raising a few degrees at home, your ceiling fan doesn't just cool the air itself, but it also facilitates the airflow and allows cool air to circulate. The result is that the room will feel cooler than it actually is. 

Turn Off the Ceiling Fan When You Leave

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Image Credits: Pexels/Athena

Yes, it sounds like a no-brainer, but we will have to remind you anyway. When you leave the house or your room, turn the ceiling fan off. It's better for our planet, as well as your electricity bill at the end of the month. While leaving an AC on can reduce the room temperature, leaving the fan on doesn't make that much of a difference. So turn it off. 

We hope you learned something new today. Yes, ceiling fans can be a thing from the past, but they still have their place in modern times - especially in our days where conserving energy is the new trend, ceiling fans have a place in our lives that cannot be replaced. If you enjoyed reading this, why not share it with your friends and family? 

Source: The Simple Dollar, House Beautiful, Bob Villa, Reader's Digest Canada

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