How to Circulate the Air in a Bedroom

Proper air circulation in a bedroom can help ensure that you get a good night's sleep. Having a stuffy room filled with stagnant air can have you tossing and turning all night long. You can also save money on heating and cooling your home by keeping the bedroom air well circulated. Doing so will prevent the separation of warm and cool air and will allow for better temperature distribution. Obtaining good air circulation in a bedroom is usually an easy process and can be completed by making a few small changes.

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How to Circulate the Air in a Bedroom

Install a Ceiling Fan

The most common way to circulate air in a bedroom is to install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles and many have light fixtures attached, which is a bonus as it can offer additional lighting. Ceiling fans also come with a toggle switch allowing the fan to turn clockwise or counterclockwise. By switching the direction of your ceiling fan, you can pull the warm air from the ceiling by running the fan counterclockwise, which is ideal in the winter months. In the summer, run the fan clockwise to push the warm air up, allowing for greater cooling.

Clean the Air Ducts

In homes with central heating and air conditioning, bedrooms have vents to allow the warm or cool air into the room. Any obstructions in air vents can reduce air flow, so keeping these vents clean will allow for the best air circulation possible. In order to clean the air ducts in your home, you'll want to start by covering the registers using a piece of plastic, though paper towels and tin foil will also work. Head to your thermostat and turn it to "fan on," making sure the heat/cool function is set to "off." Using the handle of a broom or something similar, tap the ductwork in your attic or basement to loosen any dust particles. Hold the hose of your vacuum near the covered register. Uncover it and remove it from the floor or wall. The dust that you loosened will be pushed out by the fan and sucked up by the vacuum. Lastly, change the filter in your furnace. Bonus: This will also help cut down on dust.

Open Your Windows

On nice days where the outdoor temperature is mild, open your windows to allow the old and stale air to be replaced with fresh air. Turning on a ceiling fan while the windows are open will improve the circulation of fresh air into the room. While in the case of circulation of the air the rotation direction doesn't matter, if you also want cooling effects make certain that the fan is rotating clockwise.

Use a Portable Fan

If you're renting or simply don't want to install a ceiling fan, a portable fan may suit your needs. When placed in an open window, a portable fan can draw in fresh air from the outside, sometimes even more efficiently than a ceiling fan.

Alexandra Romanov

Alexandra Romanov is a writer in southern Illinois. Her articles appear online and in print media, including "Spirit Seeker" magazine and "USA Today." A professional writer for more than 15 years, Romanov frequently covers technology, gadgets and computer-related issues. Her degrees include an M.A. in journalism.