Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer? The Cool Way!
Make sure your ceiling fans rotate in the correct direction to cool you in summer.
We’re having a heat wave; so make sure your ceiling fans are spinning in the right direction to move air around the room.
Most fans are reversible: One direction pushes air down, creating a nice summer breeze; the other direction sucks air up, helping you distribute heat in winter. There’s normally a switch on the motor to change the fan’s direction.
Is your fan turning in the right direction for summer?
- Stand beneath the running fan, and if you feel a cooling breeze, it’s turning correctly.
- If not, change directions, usually by flicking a switch on the fan’s base.
Typically, it’s counterclockwise or left for summer and clockwise for winter, but the best method is to follow the steps above.
Funny note: We read on Yahoo! that one clever person used bubbles to see which direction his fan was blowing.
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Originally published June 28, 2012