Which way is a ceiling fan supposed to turn?

No matter what time of year it is, ceiling fans are meant to provide you with comfort and it’s important that it’s set up correctly for different times of the year.

You can pretty much expect to find ceiling fans in many homes, especially in nearly all new homes today. Not only do they add a nice look to your home but their purpose is to circulate the air in a home and are key in cooling the air during those hot months of summer. What a lot of people often don’t realize is that ceiling fans are not just for circulating cool air, they also can be used during cooler months to circulate warm air all through a person’s home.

Ceiling fans can actually change the temperature of a room by at least two degrees. In turn, by using these fans in your rooms it can actually help out the heater or air conditioner in the home by keeping them from turning on as often when using a fan in conjunction with your heater or air conditioner. Even though two degrees may not sound like much, but it’s just enough to actually lower your utility cost each year.

Ceiling Fans Summer vs Winter

 

In order for it to be worth using ceiling fans during different times of the year you need to know how to set your ceiling fan to get the most out of it. Below are simple instructions on just how you can make sure your fan is set up properly for the right season:

  • Make sure the fan is shut off and the blades have completely stopped turning.
  • Find the small switch on the fan that controls the direction of the fan. Best way to find the switch is to stand right under the ceiling fan and look up at the center of the fan.
  • Turn the ceiling fan on low and notice in what direction the blades are going. Now flip the switch so that it goes counterclockwise during the summer months. This will create a breeze and constant air flow for circulation during the summer.
  • For the winter you will need to turn the switch clockwise and this will then take the warm air from the ceiling and help spread it through the entire room.

It’s just that simple. By doing this you will be getting all the benefits of a ceiling fan can give you in both the summer and winter months.

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