do you use the "reverse" setting on your ceiling fans in the winter?

  • rnch

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    Jan 12, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    i've read that a ceiling fan, on the reverse setting, and the lowest speed possible, helps to move around and equalize the heat in the house in the winter.

    i've tried it, can't tell any difference. icon_confused.gif

    how about YOU?

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    Jan 12, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    There is a reverse setting
  • rnch

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    Jan 12, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    caged saidThere is a reverse setting


    almost always, yes....unless yours is one of cheapest ones made in korea.

    it's on the fan motor, above the blades, usually a small slide switch.
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    Jan 12, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    Can be on a switch but mostly on the newer models is a second string.
    Remote control models have it on the remote itself

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    Jan 12, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    rnch saidi've read that a ceiling fan, on the reverse setting, and the lowest speed possible, helps to move around and equalize the heat in the house in the winter.

    i've tried it, can't tell any difference. icon_confused.gif

    how about YOU?



    Use a higher fan speed might help. Do you have a source of heat in the room (fireplace or stove)? It seems to work better if you do. We have a gas fireplace in our livingroom and 52" ceiling fan which we run on high speed. It moves a large volume of air accross the ceiling and down the walls. The room feels warm everywhere not just in front of the fireplace. Our furnace doesn't run near as much.
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    Jan 12, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    I definately do this with good results ! I have 10.5 ft ceilings, so i set it at medium speed and reverse the fan to pull the air up, the result is it pushes the heat back down, the air goes over to the outside walls and pushes down the walls back toward the lower center of the room then back up. Doing this makes the lower air in the room much warmer.
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    kscott6671 said
    .... Do you have a source of heat in the room (fireplace or stove)? It seems to work better if you do. We have a gas fireplace in our livingroom and 52" ceiling fan which we run on high speed. It moves a large volume of air accross the ceiling and down the walls. The room feels warm everywhere not just in front of the fireplace. Our furnace doesn't run near as much.


    it's a circa 1882 house, raised 3 feet off the ground, 12 foot ceilings, R-30 fiberglass rolled insuation in the attic, closed cell foam under floor insulation, thin sheetrock over the original in-bad-shape plaster, original windows weather stripped and clear shink rap plastic interior covered.

    4 years ago i had installed "high efficiency" central a/c, a 2 stage natural gas powered central heating system located in the vast attic, ceiling mounted ductwork/registers. i played around with the register grilles degree of opening, got some satisfaction that way.

    this house has 4 shallow fireplaces, made for coal burning, long ago sealed up. as this is a historic home district, with houses very close together, woodburning fireplaces are against "code".

    i had ventless natural gas "logs" in 2 of the fireplaces; but their efficiency left much to be desired.

    it seems like old new orleans houses deal MUCH better with heat than cold!!
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    Jan 12, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    No, but I have a 22-foot ceiling. I run a fan just behind the window wall on full speed all winter, to boost the downdraft from the windows. If I turn it off, the loft swelters and the kitchen chills.
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    Jan 13, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    I keep my ceiling fan on year-round because it keeps my A/C bills lower. No need to reverse it because I never use the heat. ha ha!!