Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Rotate?

The direction that your ceiling fan runs determines on the climate and season. Depending on the temperature it is outside, will determine which way that your ceiling fan will need to turn. You are able to use a ceiling fan during all of the seasons to help keep you cool and warm the entire area of your house.


During the warmer months, you will need to have your ceiling fan running clockwise, which would be counter clockwise when you are looking up at the fan. You may have settings on your ceiling fan that you will need to turn in order to allow the blades to turn a different direction. Switch the setting to "forward" to have the blades turn clockwise. You should feel cool air blowing down on you when you are using it. The air will not get cooled with the ceiling fan. Instead it will only cool a person down due to the "wind chill" effect. The skin cools down by having the sweat glands released as the air from the ceiling fan is hitting the skin.

Counter Clockwise

When the temperature is cold outside and you are using the heat to warm up your home, you will need to turn your ceiling fan so that it is turning counter clockwise, which is clockwise when you are looking up, or you will need to put the setting on "reverse." By having the fan turn in this direction while the heat is on will help distribute the warmth throughout the house as the fan circulates the air. Keep the ceiling fan on a very low speed so that it does not end up cooling the warm air down.

Using Ceiling Fans in High Areas

Higher ceilings and larger buildings may need to run their ceiling fans a little differently. These fans may need to be left on all the time and on higher levels in order to cool a larger room and more people. This goes the same for when it is colder outside and the heat is on. The fan should be running and may need to run on a high speed in order to be able to help warm up such a large area.

Ceiling fans are great to use throughout the seasons. These fans can help cool a person down when it is warm and muggy outside in the summer or keep a home warm during the winter. You should always turn your ceiling fan clockwise when you want to have it cool you down and turn in the opposite direction, counter clockwise when you want the fan to help keep the house warm. Ceiling fans are a great way to save money on your electricity bill because it uses a lot less energy than air conditioning and heaters. By using a ceiling fan you are normally able to turn down your thermostat a few notches so you are not using as much of it.