When the new year comes, I like to kick it off by thoroughly cleaning our up-to-date home from top to bottom. I take the time to steam clean all of the carpets, launder the curtains, and clean the windows. I clean behind and under all of the furniture, clean overhead light fixtures, and even scrub down the walls and ceilings. This past year, when I climbed up on a ladder to clean the overhead light in the home office, I instantly felt a tremendous increase in temperature. I realized that the temperature near the ceiling was far higher than near the floor. My up-to-date home is heated by a forced air heating system, and the warm air was rising straight up. I was actually setting higher temperature control settings and paying more for monthly utility bills than necessary. Unless our 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 easy to install. Even though it cost a small fortune to purchase so many fans, I expect the energy savings to reclaim the cost. During the winter, the fans effectively push the heated air back toward the floor, improving comfort and allowing lower temperature control 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, reducing the pressure on the air conditioner. I save money on utility bills all year round.