Most ceiling fans are designed to run clockwise and counter clockwise. A clockwise direction pulls cool air up and forces warm air down, which is great for winter or when you’re cold. On the other hand, a counterclockwise direction creates a downward airflow to cool you down – which is great for summer or when you’re hot. A downward draft from a ceiling fan can make you feel up to eight degrees cooler, reducing your reliance on air conditioning in high season.
But there’s even better news: it’s really easy to change the rotation of your ceiling fan. Here’s how to get the most out of your ceiling fan in every season.
Should your fan spin clockwise or counterclockwise?
There should be a switch on the motor housing of your ceiling fan below the blades. Make sure your fan is turned off and flip the switch to reverse the direction of your fan. This quick and easy adjustment makes your fan usable no matter the season.
If your fan has a remote, it may have a button to reverse the direction of the fan blades.
In the hottest months of the year, you want your fan to cool you down. For that to happen, you need your fan to push the air down. This downward airflow creates a cooling, wind chill effect that is perfect for summer.
To check the current setting of your fan, stand under it as it spins and check how the blades are spinning. If they spin clockwise, turn off the fan, wait for it to stop spinning, and flip the switch. If your fan spins counterclockwise, you’re all set.
In the winter you don’t want to blow cold air over you. That’s why most people instinctively turn off their fans. But did you know that a ceiling fan, turned in the right direction, can make you feel warmer? (Not me.)
If you want a warming effect, your fan should turn clockwise. Instead of pushing cool air down, it pulls it up, pushing the warm air near the ceiling (remember, heat rises) back down. Again, stand under your fan while it’s on to check the direction. If it spins the wrong way, turn off the fan and flip the switch.
An important thing to keep in mind
Not this trick to have only use it in summer or winter – and you don’t have to turn it counterclockwise all summer and clockwise all winter.
If you ever want to make a room feel warmer or cooler, just reverse the direction of the fan to feel a little more comfortable without relying so much on your heating or air conditioning.