Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer?

Jennifer Hutchinson
Published on August 4, 2016

Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer?

Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer?

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Published: June 28, 2012

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.ceiling-fans-led-hero-2

Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer?
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