It has become well-known that changing the direction of your ceiling fan at the beginning of the summer and winter months will help improve your heating and cooling circulation and keep costs down.
But which way is which to switch?!
WINTER = CLOCKWISE
In the winter, ceiling fans should rotate clockwise at a low speed to pull cool air up. The gentle updraft pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back the floor. This makes a room feel warmer, which allows you to lower the thermostat temperature and decrease the use of heating devices. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter can save as much as 15 percent on heating bills.
So, how can you tell if your ceiling fan direction is set for winter?
Turn on the ceiling fan, stand directly under the fan blades and watch the blades as they rotate. The blades should move like a clock's hand - from the top to the right, then down to the left, and back to the top) at a low speed to pull cool air up.
Exception: If your ceiling fan is mounted on a two-story cathedral or a vaulted ceiling, the fan is too high to create a discernible wind chill, and therefore, can stay in a counterclockwise setting all year round.
Reasons to Use Your Ceiling Fan In The Winter
- Redistribution of warm air makes a room feel warm and more comfortable to you and your family.
- Save up to 15% on heating costs.
- Reduce the cost of heating fuel.
- Reduce clutter and electric hazards due to space heaters and heating blankets.
SUMMER = COUNTERCLOCKWISE
In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor. The cool air evaporates perspiration and creates a wind chill effect, which makes you feel cooler without affecting the room temperature. This allows you to set the thermostat at a higher temperature without forfeiting comfort.
So, how you can you tell if your ceiling fan direction is set for summer?
Turn on the fan, stand directly under the fan blades and watch the blades rotate. The blades should move from the top left, then down to the right, and then back to the top.
Looking for a more telltale sign? You should feel air movement while standing under the fan. If you do not feel air movement, the fan is spinning clockwise.
Cooling comfort is just a small benefit of using a ceiling fan in the summer. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the summer can save as much as 40 percent on air conditioning bills!
Don't confine your comfort to the indoors. If you enjoy spending a sunny summer afternoon outside, choose an outdoor ceiling fan for your patio, porch, or favorite outdoor spot. An outdoor fan not only helps you keep cool, but it also keeps insects and other unwanted pests at bay.
Reasons to Use Your Ceiling Fan In The Summer
- Cooling wind chill effect on your skin makes a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler.
- Save up to 40% on air conditioning costs.
- Reduce use of central or window air conditioning units.
- Spend more time outdoors without sacrificing comfort.