Low Profile Energy Star Ceiling Fans - Well "they," say that you aren't able to stand a draft during winter months, but that you are able to equalize the air temperature through the use of your fan in the reverse direction. I always wondered why the older ceiling fans didn't get a reverse button. Were the people that designed those fans, only too stupid to think of using reverse in winter?
During winter, when you use the central heating system, the warm air coming out of the registers, in each room, will naturally rise and because the registers are up high already, the hot air will build at the ceiling level and slowly work its way down toward floor amount. Before the temperature is comfortable at the low levels of the rooms, the heat unit runs. But from the time this happens, it will be quite hot at the ceiling level.
But imagine if there is a way to get this hot air down to the low levels, off the ceiling where we reside. The heat unit wouldn't have to work as long and also the savings on our utility bill may be substantial. The temperature would essentially equalize at floor and ceiling levels, meaning the heat wouldn't be wasted keeping the ceilings warm.
But then someone said that the draft made by the ceiling fans will be too much for winter months. Until it hits the floor, then it's going to come down. Now it then back up to the ceiling fan and will go, toward the centre of the space, back in at floor level.