Which direction should a ceiling fan turn?

Did you know there is a right way for a fan to turn during different seasons?

Your ceiling fan direction should change with the seasons. But which way should your ceiling fans turn? Knowing the answer to this question will help you save money and be more comfortable in your home during the different seasons.

In this guide, we discuss ceiling fan direction and why it matters. Keep reading to learn more!


What Is the Right Ceiling Fan Direction?

Which direction should your fans turn in in summer or winter? And why does direction matter so much?

During the summer, your ceiling fans should spin counter-clockwise to push warm air upwards and send cool air toward where you sit or stand. Adjusting the fan direction allows you to create a draft that works for you and keeps you cooler during the warmer months!

In the winter, the opposite needs to happen—the fan should spin clockwise to create an updraft. This ensures cold air is pushed upwards and away from you and everyone in a room, forcing the warmer air down.

This helps keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Ceiling Fan in the Summer With AC

When you use a fan in the summer, you’ll stay more comfortable because the air hits your skin and speeds up the evaporation of sweat. This makes you feel cooler.

If you want to feel like it’s 76 degrees in your house, you can set the thermostat at 80 degrees and turn a fan on. The fan will make your home feel four degrees cooler.

This will keep you comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Ceiling Fan in the Winter With Heat

During the winter, keep your fan spinning at a low speed. If you have it going faster, you’ll feel chilly from the cool breeze it creates.

By running the fan on slow, you can create an updraft. Make sure you select the correct speed so it doesn’t have the opposite effect, making you too cold in your house with the breeze it can create.


How to Change Ceiling Fan Direction

Now that you know which ceiling fan direction is correct for each season, how do you change the direction? The good news is that you can do it yourself—and it’s relatively easy.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Before you do anything else, turn the fan off so that it’s not moving
  2. Once the fan is off, and the blades stop moving, clean the fan to remove dust and debris
  3. Find the fan’s directional toggle
  4. Flip the toggle to switch the direction
  5. Turn the fan back on

When you turn the fan back on, you should notice that it is going in the opposite direction.

When the next season rolls around, you can follow the same instruction to alter the direction once again.

If you have a remote for your fan, you should also have a button on the remote to change the fan’s direction. If that’s the case, you don’t have to worry about going through these steps—you simply need to press that button, and the fan will switch directions for the right season!


Benefits of Changing Your Ceiling Fan’s Direction

There are a lot of benefits to changing the direction your ceiling fan moves in, depending on the season. Here are a few of the most important.

Save Money

One of the most significant benefits you can get from changing the direction of your fan is saving money on utility bills.

When the air moves the right way and goes where you need it to, you’ll be more comfortable, so you won’t have to rely as much on your AC or your furnace. When you use these two units less, you’ll save on energy costs.

By doing this in both seasons, your savings will add up over time.

Be More Comfortable

In addition to saving money, you’ll be more comfortable in your house when your fan’s direction is working for you.

Instead of creating a cold draft in the winter, the fan direction will help keep you warmer. During the summer, you’ll stay cooler, so you don’t have to adjust the thermostat often.

You can say goodbye to needing to cover up with tons of blankets in the winter and stripping down to a tank top in your own home in the summer.

Benefit Your AC Unit

When you use the fan to help cool off your home, you save money and make yourself and everyone else in the house more comfortable. However, you’re also helping preserve the life of your costly AC unit.

Turning the AC unit up means it doesn’t have to work hard to cool your home. This prolongs the life of the unit since it isn’t working so hard.


Pay Attention to Your Ceiling Fan Direction

Paying attention to your ceiling fan direction is crucial for many reasons.

Having the fan turn in the right direction ensures you and everyone else in the house remain at a comfortable temperature. You can also prolong the life of your AC unit and save money on bills, both during the winter and summer months.

Remember, as the seasons change, it’s time to change your ceiling fan direction!

If you ever need heating or cooling repair services, contact Kaiser Air Conditioning. We’re here to help you feel comfortable in your home or workplace.