Every January, I like to start the new year by thoroughly cleaning my home from top to bottom.  I take the time to steam clean all of the carpets, launder the curtains, and wash the windows. I clean behind and under all of the furniture, wash overhead light fixtures, and even wipe down the walls and ceilings.  This past year, when I climbed up on a ladder to wash the overhead light in the living room, I immediately felt overheated. I realized that the temperature near the ceiling was far higher than near the floor. My house is heated by a forced air furnace, and the warm air was rising straight up.  I was definitely setting higher thermostat settings and paying more for monthly energy bills than necessary. Unless my family wanted to climb up on ladders to get warm, I needed to figure out a way to forced the heated air back down to the floor. I did some research and decided to install ceiling fans in most of the rooms.  There is a wide selection of styles, sizes and prices of ceiling fans, and the majority are simple to install. Although purchasing so many fans was rather expensive, I expect the energy savings to recover the cost. During the winter, the fans effectively push the heated air back toward the floor, improving comfort and allowing lower thermostat settings.  In the summer, I reverse the rotation of the blades, and the fans work to encourage the heated air up and out of the house, minimizing the workload of the air conditioner. I save money on energy bills all year round.

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