What Is the Right Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer & Winter?

Dealing with extreme temperatures can be a challenge. You may be sweating buckets and unable to cool your home, or wrapped under six blankets hoping it gets even slightly warmer. Thankfully, we have thermal control to help us, but your home may still be uncomfortable, even with central air and heating.

That’s where ceiling fan switch can come into play. With 80 million Americans owning at least one ceiling fan in their home, they’re a common fixture. Not only can ceiling fans help cool your home, they can help move heat throughout your house as well. It all depends on the direction that the blades are spinning.

Looking for tips on heating or cooling your home using your ceiling fan? Let’s go over how the direction of your ceiling fan can help control the temperature in your home.

Which ceiling fan direction should I use?

Changing the rotation of your ceiling fan is a quick fix and can be changed by a switch, usually located on the base of your fan. Before you change the direction of your ceiling fan rotation, though, you should know when to use each setting:

Fan Direction in Summer

Setting your fan to counterclockwise will circulate cool air around the room, allowing you to raise the thermostat by 4°F or more without feeling hotter.

Fan Direction in Winter

Setting your fan to clockwise helps pull warm air down from the ceiling. Use this ceiling fan direction for winter weather and keep your home warm at a fraction of the cost.

How can I best utilize my ceiling fan?

Simply having a ceiling fan isn’t enough to lower your electricity bill. You have to use it properly to see any of the benefits. While changing the rotation of your ceiling fan is one way to improve its performance, follow these tips to get the best results:

  • Set your thermostat higher or lower. Your ceiling fan doesn’t necessarily change the temperature in the room, but it can help circulate cool or warm air. Save electricity by setting your thermostat higher when it’s hotter and lowering it when the weather is colder. Your ceiling fan will be able to help make up some of the difference in temperature.
  • Turn off your central air and heat. If you can tolerate it, consider turning off your air conditioning or heat entirely. This will help you save the most when it comes to energy costs, but if temperatures are intense, it may be difficult or impossible to shut your air or heat off.
  • Turn off fans when you leave. There’s no use keeping a room cold when you’re not in it. Though the energy use of a ceiling fan isn’t nearly as much as central air, it can still cause a spike on your energy bill if you choose to leave it running all day and night.
  • Pay attention to where your fans are located. Ideally, your fans will be on the highest level of your home to help circulate air to the levels below. Even in a single level house, you’ll need to choose the right-size fan for your room to get enough air circulation.

If you want to save on your electricity bill by using a ceiling fan, contact Complete Electrical.

Our expert electricians will work with you to get the maximum savings on your next bill.