A ceiling fan is an indispensable device for the summer and a pretty unique addition to your home. It is not like the air conditioner – it doesn’t change the temperature of the air in the room, but it creates kind of “artificial wind” ( like driving in the car with the opened window) whose cooling wind effect creates room feel up few degrees cooler. Of course, this depends on the size of your room, so you know how ceiling fans are measured and calculate which size would perfectly fit for your space. But it’s a lesser-known fact that you should change the direction of the ceiling fan in the winter season and what kind of benefits that brings to you. The blowing direction of your ceiling fan in the summer and the winter is a crucial part of the efficient use of its potential and savings it provides in your home. Correct use of ceiling fans gives relief to your air-conditioning, and heating units, as well as heating bills, and at the same time, you can feel comfy in your home.
How does it work
Ceiling fan work in the two “mods” where its blades spin in two different directions: downdraft and updraft. In the summer, the ceiling fan is set to spin counter-clockwise to draw warm air up and, at the same time, to send cool air down. The cool air evaporates perspiration and creates a wind-chill effect, which makes you feel cooler without lowering the room temperature. During the winter, the fan should spin in the opposite direction, clockwise, at a low speed. This spin direction makes the blades create an updraft, sucking cold air up and forcing the room’s warmest air down to the floor. This makes the room warmer and allows you to lower your thermostat. The higher ceiling in the room is, it is a more beneficial use of the ceiling fan during the winter because more warm air is trapped up to the top. Anyhow, statistically, homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter can save up to 15% on heating bills.
How to check the direction of your ceiling fan
It maybe sounds crazy, but the most efficient way is to stand under the ceiling fan and to look up – if you feel the easy chilling wind on your skin and if its blades rotate from left to right, counterclockwise, this means that your ceiling fan is in the summer mode. And the opposite, if the blades rotate from right to left, clockwise, your ceiling fan is in “the winter mode.”
How to change the fan direction
If you want to change the direction of your ceiling fan, there are a few possibilities, depending on that do you have the older model or newer design. Regardless of the type of the fan, turn off the fan and let it stop completely before you change the direction of it. It is also a great opportunity to do season cleaning. You can clean the ceiling fan, its blades, and around the fan from the dust and the cobwebs. Today, most ceiling fans come with the remote controller or/and with wall controls that adjust direction in which the fan blades rotate, which makes reversing your ceiling fan as simple as pressing a button. Press the forward button to set your ceiling fan to spin counter-clockwise during the summer and opposite, press the reverse button to set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, during the fall and winter season. And remember to adjust your thermostat in order to save money and energy. If your ceiling fan doesn’t have a remote controller or wall controls, look for the toggle-switch on the housing of the motor, just below the blades. Flip the switch to change the direction of the fan blades. For vertical switches, flip the switch down for summer direction or “downward airflow” or flip the switch up for winter mode (upward airflow). For horizontal switches, flip the switch to the left for summer mode (downward airflow) or flip the switch to the right for winter direction (upward airflow). Conclusion with the use of the winter mode during the winter and summer mode in the summer, you will achieve significant financial savings. Apart from the savings, these appliances are extremely energy efficient and also have a more positive effect on your health than the number one air conditioners when it comes to cooling and heating your home. The health stand is certainly on the ventilator side as they “swirl” and refresh the air in the room and will not cause headaches, sinus problems as well various ear infections, which are very common side effects in an air-conditioned room. Apart from the energy, financial, and health aspects, fans are a much better choice from the standpoint of decoration, design, and trend. A large selection of materials, colors, and shapes will help you to choose the fan and lightning that will perfectly suit your home and create a special warm atmosphere and make you feel like you are on vacation in a cabin on the mountain or somewhere along the coast. It’s good to keep on the mind that DC ceiling fan motors almost always have six speeds, instead of only 3-speeds like those found in traditional ceiling fans. Because of this, the low speed on a DC fan has a much slower rotation than that of a normal fan. Slower is better for more gentle air movement, and more gentle airflow is better for reclaiming the lost heat trapped against your ceiling during wintertime. That’s why you can find in our other article, reviews & guides for best-rated ceiling fans and potentially choose a future ceiling fan for your home.
Try to look for the models which will be the best addition to the design in your home and, at the same time, be fully functional in all four seasons.