Changing your ceiling fan direction seasonally is one of thesimple
ways to get the most out of your ceiling fan. The ceiling fan
directionin summer should be counterclockwise to help create a
downdraft, which createsthat direct, cooling breeze. Your fan direction
in winter needs to be clockwiseto create an updraft and circulate warm
air around the room.
How do you change the ceiling fan direction? It’s easywhether you use
the ceiling fan switch, push button control on the fan remote,or use
voice commands with your smart fans.
Ceiling fan direction in summer
breaks down like this:
• Ceiling fandirection summer = counterclockwise (downdraft) • Ceiling fan direction winter =clockwise (updraft)
To keep cool in summer, your ceiling fan should spin
counterclockwise.The counterclockwise direction combined with the blade
pitch on fans createsdowndraft, which you feel as that welcoming, cool
breeze in summer.
How can you tell which direction your ceiling fan isspinning? Stand
underneath the fan and look up to watch the ceiling fan bladesspin. If
it’s in summer mode, the ceiling fan blades will be moving from rightto
left (counterclockwise). You’ll be able to feel the coolest, most
directairflow if it’s spinning the correct way.
Ceiling fan direction with air conditioning
your ceiling fan spinning in the right direction insummer is important
for your comfort and energy bill. Ceiling fans cause whatour engineers
and technicians refer to as the “wind chill effect.” Basically,when the
air hits your skin, it speeds up evaporation of moisture on your skinand
makes you feel cooler. It’s a lot like when you have an open window in
Because of the wind chill effect making you feel cooler,simply using
your fan while you’re in the room allows you to turn up thethermostat
two degrees. For example, if your thermostat is set to 27 degrees,the
fan can make you feel like it’s around 24 degrees. Your air
conditionerdoesn’t have to work as hard when a ceiling fan is used,
meaning you can saveup to 47 percent on your cooling costs.
Ceiling fan direction in winter
In the winter, ceiling fans need to spin clockwise on
lowspeed (any faster and you’ll start to feel a cool breeze). This
creates anupdraft that helps move warm air trapped near the ceiling back
out and aroundthe room. This is especially helpful in rooms with
vaulted ceilings.Recirculating the warm air will help your heating unit
run less often, meaningyou could save roughly 15 percent on your heating
Check if your fan is in winter mode by standing under it
andwatching the blades spin. The blades should be rotating from left to
right(clockwise). You can also stand directly under the fan while it’s
on highspeed; whichever way you feel the least amount of cool air is the
How to change the ceiling fan direction
Depending on your fan model, there are a few ways for
how tochange your ceiling fan’s direction. Regardless of fan type, you
want to turnyour fan off and let it come to a complete stop before
changing its direction.
Switching direction for pull chain fans
Fans with pull chains have a reversing fan switch thatyou’ll use to change the direction.
1. Turn offthe fan and let it come to a complete stop. 2. Check thefan body or light fixture for the fan switch. 3. Slide theswitch to the opposite direction. 4. Turn thefan back on; replace any light glass you had to remove to get to the fanswitch.
Switching direction for ceiling fans with remotes
with handheld remotes have an innovative pushbutton reverse option that
makes it easy to change the ceiling fan directionwithout a ladder. Make
sure your remote is paired to your ceiling fan.
1. Turn offthe fan and let it come to a complete stop. 2.
Press andhold the fan button on the handheld remote control.
The light on the controlwill blink when it’s successful. 3. Turn thefan back on.
the rule for changing the batteries in your smokedetector, a good
reminder for when to change your ceiling fan direction duringDaylight
Savings Time. When we “spring forward,” make sure your fan is
spinningcounterclockwise. When we “fall back,” change your fan direction
to winter modeand have it spinning clockwise.