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In the cooler months, flick your ceiling fan to the winter setting, which will make the blades turn in reverse and push hot air down from the ceiling. If you have air conditioning or heaters, only turn them on for a short time until the room is warm, then turn them off and let your fans do the rest.Set a timer to limit power usage throughout the day and activate appliances only when you need them.
“A wood fireplace will generally heat a much larger area than a gas fireplace,” Frankland says. The wall-mounted cassette model above is one example of how an enclosed wood-burner can warm a vast open-plan space. Extra points are awarded for the stylish custom-designed wood storage boxes that flank the fireplace.
Tristan Smith, managing director at Big Ass Solutions Australia, manufacturers of Haiku fans1. Give heaters a boost with ceiling fansMany people think fans are only useful for cooling, but they can also be a very effective way to distribute heat in winter, Smith says: “Fans act as a stirring stick, mixing air of different temperatures until a comfortable, uniform temperature is achieved. They can eliminate uncomfortable cold spots that form near windows and doors, or in rooms with fewer vents. They can also noticeably reduce heating bills, especially in homes with vaulted ceilings.”
For those fireplaces that actually work (as opposed to being purely decorative), precautions may need to be taken. If you are going to position your TV above the mantel, there needs to be a mitigating design feature such as a protruding mantel to divert the heat away from the TV, or you could look at recessing the television into the wall. Be aware that you can void your TV warranty by placing it above the fireplace.Your sayWhat’s on your mantelpiece? Share a photo or tell us about it in the Comments below.MoreBrowse more living area photos
How a Ceiling Fan CoolsCeiling fans don’t actually lower temperatures – or, at least, room temperatures. Rather, they move air around the room to create a breeze that, by accelerating perspiration evaporation, cools body temperatures.Thus, ceiling fans are an extremely effective and cost-efficient way of cooling you down at home. They use about as much power as a 60-watt lightbulb – and even less – making them an affordable alternative to air conditioning.
Be heat smartParadoxically, despite increasing awareness of energy wastage, as a nation we love to live in roomy homes that are hungry for heating. Power costs are climbing alarmingly and are significant items in home budgets. To offset this, many homeowners are specifying energy-efficient features in new builds and renovations. Discuss your heating needs with someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in selling equipment or sending you power bills. Many local councils have free advisory services to assist with managing power consumption.TOP TIP: One of the best tips I’ve heard is to use reverse mode on ceiling fans in conjunction with other heating. It drives warm air downwards and keeps it circulating.Read some more thrifty tips on warming your house this winter
10. Add a ceiling fanCeiling fans aren’t just for summer; they have an important role to keep you warm in winter too. Because hot air rises, warm air collects towards the ceiling and many fans come with a reverse winter setting that moves this air downward. This is especially useful when trying to heat areas with high ceilings where lots of hot air will be trapped. According to Beacon Lighting, using fans on the reverse setting can save up to 10 per cent on heating bills.See more on ceiling fans
4. What about in winter?Because hot air rises, in winter warm air collects towards the ceiling and many fans come with a reverse setting that moves this air downward. This is especially useful for high ceilings where lots of hot air will be trapped, and for those using heaters in cooler climates. According to Beacon Lighting, using fans on the reverse setting can save up to 10 per cent on heating bills.Morris says that some research has shown you don’t even need to use the reverse setting – that the same effect can be achieved by using the fan on the lowest setting, which also saves having to get up to the motor to change the fan setting.