Mid-day Money Minute 3/14: Which Direction Is Your Ceiling Fan Spinning?

So, which way is your fan turning? Did you switch the direction when the colder weather ended?

Ceiling Fan Direction in Summer

On hot sticky summer days nothing can beat the breeze you feel from a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan’s direction in the summer should be rotating counter clockwise or forward to produce a Wind Chill effect by the downward airflow. The thermostat won’t actually change but the room will seem several degrees cooler due to the wind chill factor. You can save on air conditioning bills by placing ceiling fans throughout your home. According to Casablanca Fan Company FAQ page when you are using a ceiling fan you can then “raise the thermostat setting, resulting in reduced air conditioning energy consumption of 40% or more” while still keeping your room cool.


*stand under the fan and look up, the blades should be rotating counter clockwise for Summer months.


Ceiling Fan Direction in Winter

Ceiling fans are commonly linked with warm weather therefore many people don’t realize that ceiling fans can also help warm up a room in the winter months. The ceiling fan direction in winter should be rotating clockwise or reverse. Warm air rises and gets trapped near the ceiling so when the ceiling fan direction is in reverse mode it circulates the warm air from the ceiling to the floor helping take the chill out of the air. Without a ceiling Fan the warm air would continue to be trapped near the ceiling and the floor level would continue to stay cold. The reverse mode only works if the fan is on low. If you have the fan on a higher speed you will create a wind chill effect that you don’t want since it is already cold. Some Ceiling Fans now come with a wall or remote control that has a forward/reverse option so you can change the direction of the Fan with a push of a button.


*stand under the fan and look up, the blades should be rotating clockwise for Winter months.

Source: CeilingFan.org

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