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, 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 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. 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.


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.  

How to change 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. For caged ceiling fans, you can only access it when the cage is remoted. Slide the reversing switch to the opposite direction, then you can restart the fan. You will most likely have a reversing switch if you have a Hunter pull chain ceiling fan.
Many of our ceiling fan 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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