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The Proper Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer and Winter

A lot of people don’t realize that the direction that your ceiling fan is turning really matters. It can make a world of difference depending on what you want from your ceiling fan. There are different directions that your ceiling fan should be spinning depending on the season. It’s easy to know which direction your fan should be spinning, but it can be more complicated to understand why. This article will go over the proper ceiling fan direction for summer and winter, and why the direction of the fan matters. 

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Why Does the Ceiling Fan Direction Matter?

The ceiling fan direction pushes and pulls the air differently. A ceiling fan that should have a cooling effect should be turned one way, while a ceiling fan that just needs to circulate the air can be turned another way. Let’s go into more detail.


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You probably want your fan to have a cooling effect in the summer. Your ceiling fan direction should be counterclockwise when you look up at the fan. A counterclockwise fan will push the air down towards you, creating a wind chill. A wind chill is exactly what you want in the heat of the summer. The counterclockwise direction can typically cool you off significantly. This cooling effect will work for living rooms, bedrooms, or outside spaces like a patio or porch. 

Speed of Ceiling Fan for Cooling Effect

Turn your ceiling fan up as high as it will go for maximum cooling effects. This will help you to get cooler faster. Stand underneath your ceiling fan, you should feel a lot of air coming straight at you. It should make your hair blow. If you don’t feel any breeze even though the fan is on full speed, it’s probably spinning the wrong direction for the cooling effect. The only problem with having a ceiling on full blast is that things tend to get blown around. Say you’re eating dinner under your ceiling fan, your napkins and other food items might get blown away. Especially if the fan is on full blast. This can be an annoyance to people that are sitting right underneath the ceiling fan because it kind of creates a wind tunnel. Try slowing down the ceiling fan speed in this case.


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The ceiling fan direction should be clockwise during the winter. This is because the warm air is forced upwards and outwards towards the walls and won’t create a wind chill tunnel like it will when it’s going counterclockwise. The wind chill effect doesn’t occur when the ceiling fan direction is clockwise. Keeping your ceiling fan on during the winter is a good idea because it still allows for air circulation so that rooms don’t become stuffy. It also helps circulate the warm air around the house so that it doesn’t get too hot in one room, and still be cold in another. The warm air will be pushed around to spread into other rooms. Having a ceiling fan on during the Winter can actually help keep everyone warmer.

Speed of Ceiling Fan for Spreading Warm Air

The speed should be low if you want to spread warm air around the house. This helps the warm air to be spread out more, instead of the fan just cutting through the hot air. A slower fan will do a better job at pushing the air in different directions. People that have bedrooms in the back of the house can sometimes feel cold at night since they might be far away from any heating. A ceiling fan does a good job of pushing that hot air into back bedrooms to keep everyone a little warmer at night. This works especially well if you don’t have a heating system that goes throughout the entire house. It’s perfect for houses with stoves or fireplaces.

Benefits of Using Ceiling Fans

There are lots of benefits that come with utilizing your ceiling fans. You should consider using your ceiling fan more often to have some of these benefits.

Save Money

Air conditioning is expensive. It takes a whole lot of money to keep an entire house cool. Try raising your thermostat slightly and using your ceiling fan to cool off the difference. Remember, ceiling fans make you feel cooler, not the actual room. Because you’ll feel cooler under a ceiling fan, you’ll be able to save some money on your air conditioning bill. You’ll also save on your heating bill come winter time. 

Better Air Circulation

Warm air will be circulated more efficiently with a ceiling fan. Rooms that don’t have any air circulation tend just get stuffy and hot. Turning on your ceiling fan will help prevent any room from becoming overly hot by pushing the hot air towards cooler rooms that needs to be warmed up. Air circulation can also be improved when you’re using your fan for cooling. The ceiling fan will allow you to feel the air movement, creating a feeling of more fresh air. A lot of times you can’t actually feel the air move with just an air conditioner.

Beautiful Designs

Ceiling fans add a certain look to rooms. They look great! Some rooms just don’t look complete without a ceiling fan. There are amazing designs and looks that ceiling fans can offer. Some fans are modern and chic, while others are more rustic. The metal fans are a good choice if you’re going for something more modern. Big, wood fans look rustic and give a homey feel. Ceiling fans can offer so many different looks to complete any room.

They’re Multifunctional

Ceiling fans are just that, fans. But they’re also lights! A light in the middle of a ceiling fan will help brighten up any dark rooms, as well as improve the air circulation. Awesome, right? It’ll add light and cool air during the summer. Then it will add light, and better circulation of warm air in the winter. There are also a lot of cool designs and looks that the light can have.

Summing Up

Who knew that the ceiling fan direction could change so much? Now you do! Change your ceiling fan direction according to the season and you’ll see a whole lot of benefits. Counterclockwise is for summer, and clockwise is for winter. The counterclockwise direction will create a wind chill that will cool you off in no time. The clockwise direction will help circulate warm air and push it towards rooms that need to be a little warmer. Try utilizing your ceiling fan direction and see how much of a difference it can make in your comfort, as well as a difference in the money you spend on heating and cooling. 

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Denali Gillen

I am a farmer’s wife living a farmer’s life. I love having wide open spaces and plenty of space to raise a family. Making the most out of outdoor spaces is something I never get tired of!

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