Most people only think of ceiling fans for summer use, when in fact there are many benefits to using them in the winter. In any given room there are layers of air with varying degrees of temperature; the warmest air is near the ceiling. In the winter months you should run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction. This pushes warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently recirulating warm air through the room without causing a chilling breeze. This technique has been proven to lower home heating costs by as much as 10%. Ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to your home. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.