Which way is your ceiling fan currently spinning? Your ceiling fan direction in summer and winter is a key part to making efficient use of your ceiling fan’s capabilities. Proper use of your ceiling fan gives your air conditioning and heating units as well as your electricity bill a break.
Ceiling fans work in two directions: downdraft and updraft. Downdraft helps cool the room while updraft can help circulate trapped warm air near the ceiling. Maybe you didn’t realize all of this – and that’s okay! We’re here to explain all about changing your ceiling fan direction.
Ceiling fan direction in summer
To create the cool breeze you need, ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise in the summer. This causes downdraft, creating a direct breeze and maximum cooling comfort. (For an even more powerful breeze, try our Surespeed™ Guarentee fans. These high-speed ceiling fans are engineered to superior airflow and perform at a higher velocity than leading competitors.)
To determine which direction your ceiling fan is spinning, stand underneath the fan and look up to watch the ceiling fan blades spin. If the ceiling fan is in summer mode, the ceiling fan blades will be moving from left to right (counterclockwise). If they’re not – or if you simply can’t feel a breeze while standing under the fan – then the fan is spinning clockwise.
Ceiling fan direction with air conditioning
Ceiling fan direction is important in the summer, because it can help save you money on your energy bill. Ceiling fans cause what Hunter engineers and technicians refer to as the “wind chill effect.” Basically, when the air hits your skin, it speeds up evaporation of perspiration on your skin making you feel cooler. It’s a lot like when you have an open window in a moving car.
Because of the wind chill effect making it feel cooler, simply using your fan while you’re in the room allows you to turn up the thermostat six to eight degrees. For example, if your thermostat is set to 80 degrees, the fan can make you feel like it’s between 74 and 72 degrees. Your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard when a ceiling fan is used, meaning you can save up to 47 percent on your cooling costs.
So while you’re in a room with a ceiling fan, turn the fan up and the thermostat down to give you and your electric bill a little relief.
Don’t forget to change your ceiling fan direction in the winter to help with your heating bill and keeping warm during the cooler months.