Unlike the once popular ranch style and split level homes, today’s new homes seem to continually lean towards larger open floor plans and higher ceilings. The standard ceiling height in a house is 8 feet high, but newer floor plans seem to almost always include at least one room with a ceiling of at least 10’ and many times much higher. Many homes have large rooms with ceilings soaring to over 20’ in height. These living areas are beautiful, open and airy, but their one drawback is efficiency when it comes to keeping the temperature pleasant.
Heating During the Cold Season
The higher the ceiling becomes in a great room, the harder the room is to heat. One should never even consider only normal lighting in these areas, and one must weight the benefits of large ceiling fans. Since the cubic feet is increased by the size of the room, plus the height of the ceiling, a large ceiling fan is the only option. A regular 52” model will just not do the job necessary to make a difference, and to work properly a fan with a 65” or longer blade span is crucial.
Why a Big Ceiling Fan in the Winter?
Many people say heat rises, which is partially true. Yet heat doesn’t rise on its own. Cold air is more dense than warm air, and the heavier cold air settles at lower areas of a room and forces the warm air upward, trapping it against the ceiling. There can actually be as much as a 15 degree difference of air temperature at the floor compared to the peak of the ceiling in a room with a 18’ ceiling. This is why having a ceiling fan, and operating it the correct way is necessary during the winter months.
Big ceiling fans with long blade spans move can more air around a room, yet because of the increased blade sizes the wind chill effect is lessened when the large fan is used at lower speed settings. These fans usually have 6-speeds or more, and are reversible via the usually included remote control. In most cases, you will want to run the ceiling fan on its reverse winter setting when it is cold outside.
The reason oversized ceiling fans should be reversed during the cold season is because it keeps us from feeling the usual wind-chill effect that a fan gives off by nature. Instead of the airflow being directed downward at us, the airflow is gently blown upwards towards the ceiling, thus forcing the trapped hot air off the ceiling. The hot air then moves down the walls to the floor level so it can be enjoyed for our comfort. Technically, leaving the fan in forward mode, blowing air downward towards the living level also brings the heat down form the ceiling, but the wind-chill effect is then felt, which offsets any benefit bringing the heat down provides.
That said, depending upon the ceiling height, you may still want to experience with the direction of the fan to see which one works best for your instance. Since the airflow on a large 6-speed ceiling fan is very gentle on the lowest setting, sometimes the normal forward mode works best if the fan is at least 14’ or more above the floor. Since good name brand models usually come with remote controls that have the ability to change the fan direction at the push of a button, experimenting with which direction is best for your needs will be easy.
Don’t Forget the Summer Months
Although these bigger fans are extremely necessary for reclaiming lost heat trapped against the ceiling during the winter, we should never forget how greatly they affect a room’s comfort level during hot weather. There isn’t much to be said, except crank these bad boys up on high-speed and set back and enjoy the savings on your AC bills. It’s really that simple!
With a large ceiling fan you will be able to easily set your thermostat up 6 degrees during the summer, and your furnace will need to turn on much less during the winter, saving you enough money for a quality name brand fan to pay for itself in a short manner of time. And, because most of these big modern ceiling fans have blade spans of 72 inches, 84 inches, and even 96 inches and advance DC motors, they use less than only 35 watts of electricity and hardly cost anything to run 24/7. Therefore, go to Modern Fan Outlet and buy yourself a new oversized fan, and once you have it installed, turn it on and never turn it off, and watch your energy cost drop like a rock!