Fan Direction in
Summer vs Winter

Believe it or not, the hard-working ceiling fan is not always meant for keeping cool. With angled blades, the direction your fan spins is crucial in determining whether your fan is set for summer or warming for winter. Most ceiling fans come with the option to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise, giving you the ability to change directions based on the season. So which direction should a ceiling fan rotate in the summer? And which direction should a ceiling fan rotate in winter?


Which direction should a ceiling fan spin in summer?

When it’s hot outside, set your fan to rotate counterclockwise. You want the highest part of the angled blades to be pushing against the air, forcing it downwards. Creating a downdraft will keep you cool, and help give your air conditioner a break. Of course, the higher the speed, the cooler things will get, and with the windows open, you’ll be cool and comfortable in no time.





Which direction should a ceiling fan spin in winter?

When the temperatures drop outside, set your fan to rotate clockwise. You want the lowest part of the angled blades to be pushing against the air, forcing it upwards. Naturally, hot air rises to the ceiling while cool air hovers near the floor. Creating an updraft helps mix and redistribute this air, bringing the hot air down to your living environment, and cool air up to the ceiling. A calm, steady speed will ensure your space is consistently mixed during those cold winter months, and with the help of a fireplace or heating system, you can create the perfect indoor oasis.



It may all seem magical, but it’s really just physics and a little modern engineering. So the next time the season changes, glance up and make sure your fan is moving in the right direction. You - and your AC / heating bill - will thank you later.

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