What Direction Is My Ceiling Fan Going?

March 10, 2016 by Jeff Lowen

Now’s the time to go throughout the house and change the direction of the fans to reflect the warmer weather and keep the air flow positive. Here’s an easy rule-of-thumb:

In the summer, ceiling fan blades should rotate in a counterclockwise or “forward” direction to create cool downward airflow. In the winter, fan blades should rotate in a clockwise or “reverse” direction to redistribute warm air, which naturally rises to the top of the ceiling.

I remember it as this – Summer blows down, winter draws up.



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