What is the Proper Ceiling Fan Direction?
In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise at a high speed to push cool air down. This evaporates perspiration, creating a cooling wind chill effect, and makes a room feel up to eight degrees cooler without changing the temperature in the room.
For example, if the temperature in a room is 80 degrees, a ceiling fan set to rotate in a counterclockwise direction will make the room feel 72 degrees. This allows you to set the air conditioner thermostat at a higher temperature without forgoing comfort. Homeowners using a ceiling fan during the summer can save as much as 40 percent on air conditioning bills.
Ceiling fans are not just for indoor use. 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 keep insects and other unwanted pests at bay.
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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 to the floor. This makes a room feel warmer, which allows you to lower the thermostat temperature and decrease the use of heating devices. Using a ceiling fan during the winter can save homeowners as much as 15 percent on heating bills.
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.
Today, most ceiling fans include remote controls or wall controls that adjust the direction in which the fan blades rotate, which makes reversing your ceiling fan as simple as pressing a button. Press the forward button to set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise for the summer. Press the reverse button to set your fan to spin clockwise for the fall and winter. Remember to adjust your thermostat in order to save money and energy.
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If your ceiling fan does not include a remote or wall control, look for a toggle-switch on the motor housing just below the blades. Flip the switch to adjust the direction in which the fan blades spin. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's guide on how to reverse the direction of a ceiling fan for additional instructions.