Using Ceiling Fans in Summer and Winter
It may seem a bit odd to use ceiling fans in winter, but most fans are built for year-round use, saving you money on both heating and cooling costs. This is done by changing the direction that a ceiling fan's blades are moving (clockwise or counter-clockwise). Depending on the fan model, the direction can be changed through the reverse switch on the fan's motor or on a remote control.
Fans in Summer: Counter-Clockwise
During the summer, run your fan's blades counter-clockwise to blow air downward and create a cooling breeze so you can set your thermostat at a higher setting and still feel cool while saving money on air conditioning costs.
How much can you save in the summer? If you raise the thermostat by just 2 degrees along with using a ceiling fan regularly, you can lower energy costs by about 15% (says the EPA).
Fans in Winter: Clockwise
During the winter, ceiling fans can help heating systems to operate more efficiently. Reverse the direction of the blades and set the fan at a low speed. The fan's gentle updraft will force any warm air concentrated near the ceiling to circulate down and around the living space.
This will distribute heat more evenly and make the space feel warmer, allowing your to turn down the thermostat. The difference is especially noticeable in rooms with high ceilings.
Choosing a Ceiling Fan & FAQ
- Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan Size
- Using Ceiling Fans in Summer & Winter
- Ceiling Fan Installation Options
- Energy Star Qualified Ceiling Fans
- Using a Ceiling Fan On a Sloped Ceiling
- The Difference Between 4 & 5 Blade Fans
- What is Blade Pitch & Why is it Important
- Why Buy a Remote for Your Ceiling Fan
- When to Buy a Ceiling Fan Light Kit