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Fall has finally arrived, and here in Knoxville we’ve already had some pretty cool, crisp nights. It’s only a matter of time until the cool weather really sets in and it’s time to curl up in front of the fireplace.

If your home feels fine during the day but you find yourself reaching for an extra blanket at night, it may be time to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan blades. During colder months, making the blades rotate clockwise will push down warm air and distribute it throughout the room. Just make sure you’re running the fan on a low speed, otherwise the fan will create a “wind-chill effect” and make your room too cold.

To flip your blades’ rotation, just turn the fan off, grab a ladder and toggle the directional switch. Don’t forget to test and make sure it’s turning in the right direction for the season. Doing this can reduce your energy costs by nearly 10 percent in the winter and a whopping 40 percent during the summer – not bad for a task that only takes a few minutes to do!

How do you stay warm during the cooler months? Get a head start on preparing your home for fall and winter by visiting:

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

10 Easy Decorating Ideas for Fall

Protect Your Deck This Winter

DIY Network: Prepare the House for Winter

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5 Responses

  1. Marie says:

    Also going to do this.

  2. Lori says:

    Don't most celing fans have a way to reverse from clockwise to counterclockwise?

  3. Great tips, I just want to try it & for doing so just go through your links & found more if you have more ideas.

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  5. The funny part is that ceiling fans usually tend to get ignored or are just put in for show. I'd bet a lot of people would be surprised to know just how useful they really are.

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Jessica YonkerJessica Yonker is a writer for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler in training. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on...

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