Fan Facts: Understanding Fan Blade Direction

Ceiling Fan Direction Switch
Jeff Romero
Written by Jeff Romero

Modern ceiling fan designs offer an option to spin the blades clockwise or counter-clockwise through the use of a small directional switch located near the fan motor housing. By choosing to spin a fan’s blades in a specific direction, you will ensure the fan is operating as efficiently as possible for a given time of year.

Ceiling Fan Direction Switch

Depending on the type of fan design you have, you may find it useful to have the fan running year-round to move air throughout your home during all four seasons. Take a look at the tips below to learn how to use your ceiling fan’s direction to your advantage.

Using Ceiling Fans in the Summer

The use of a ceiling fan is most popular during the warmer months of the summer and you will want to set its direction to spin counter-clockwise to operate at its highest efficiency. When a fan’s blades spin counter-clockwise, they will blow air downward to create a cooling effect and will complement the efforts of your air conditioning system. Not only will this help keep your house cool, it allows you to raise your thermostat by 2 degrees and save close to 15% in energy costs (estimated by the EPA).

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Larger Fans, Larger Savings

In living rooms and great rooms, you will want to consider a large ceiling fan. A fan with a blade span of 60″ or more moves a lot of air and will help you save a significant amount of money when it’s set to spin counter-clockwise during the summer.

Using Ceiling Fans in the Winter

Why would I use a ceiling fan in the winter?

It’s a common misconception that you cannot use your ceiling fan during the winter. As long as the blades are spinning in the recommended direction, you will find your ceiling fan to be exceptionally helpful in circulating warm air throughout the house. Plus, with heating bills that can add up during the colder months, using a ceiling fan in the winter can help you save money.

In the winter, you will want your fan blades to spin clockwise and operate the fan at its lowest setting. Reversing the direction of your fan’s blades is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings where a significant amount of cool air is lingering. By setting your fan’s blades to spin clockwise, you can turn down the thermostat and effectively move warm air in the space.

Find more helpful tips with our Fan Buyer’s Guide and for any questions about ceiling fan direction, call us at 877.445.4486.

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Jeff Romero

Jeff Romero

I am on the marketing team at Lumens and enjoy writing about interior design topics, well-designed products and more.

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