Ceiling fan direction for winter

What’s the correct ceiling fan direction for winter? Why use a ceiling fan in cold weather? We break down why ceiling fan direction can keep you warm and heating bills low in the winter.

Changing your ceiling fan’s direction in winter is an energy efficient tool to keep you warm in the winter without freezing up at high heating costs. Ceiling fans are traditionally known as a way to keep cool during the summer months, but changing the ceiling fan direction in winter lets you take full advantage of your fan’s capabilities year-round.

Ceiling fans spin in two directions: downdraft and updraft. Downdraft helps with cooling while updraft helps circulate warm air trapped 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 winter

In the winter, ceiling fans need to spin clockwise to create updraft. This will help move warm air trapped near the ceiling downward. Switching your ceiling fan direction in the winter to clockwise can save you roughly 15 percent on your heating costs. 

Check if your ceiling fan is in winter mode by standing under the ceiling fan and watch the blades spin. The blades should be rotating from right to left (clockwise). If they’re not – or you’re feeling a cool breeze while you’re under the fan – then the fan is spinning counterclockwise.

Acumen Hunter modern ceiling fan with LED light in home office with woman reading

How to change the ceiling fan direction

To change the direction on your Hunter ceiling fan, there are a few possibilities depending on if you have an older model or a newer design. 

Regardless of fan type, you want to turn your fan off and let it come to a complete stop before changing the ceiling fan direction.

Check your ceiling fan’s housing and light fixture for the reversing switch. You will likely have a reversing switch if you have a Hunter ceiling fan with pull chains. With a reversing switch, slide it to the opposite direction, and then you can restart the fan.

Many of our ceiling fans with remotes come with a push button reverse option. If you don’t see a reverse switch on your fan’s body, you’ll be able to reverse the ceiling fan direction with the handheld remote or wall control. Simply press and hold the fan button on the remote or wall control; you’ll know it was successful when the light on the control blinks.

If you have a Hunter SIMPLEconnect® WiFi® ceiling fan, you can change the ceiling fan direction by using the push button reverse on the remote, toggling the ceiling fan direction option in the SIMPLEconnect app, or by giving the command to reverse your ceiling fan direction through your smart home device.

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If you’re looking for easy ways to winterize your home and save some money on your heating bills in the winter, changing your ceiling fan direction in winter is an easy step!