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How to Select the Right Ceiling Fan Direction

Your ceiling fan helps to keep your room cool, but did you know it can also help you during the winter months as well? By simply changing the rotation of your blades, you can use your ceiling fan to recirculate warmer air, helping you save money on your energy bills. We’ll show you how in this guide.



How a Ceiling Fan Can Lower your Energy Costs

You may not know it but changing the direction of your ceiling fan to suit the season you’re in is a great way to help save money and energy costs. By helping your home stay cooler or warmer, your ceiling fan can augment your existing HVAC system, allowing it to work less and in turn, lowering your energy bills.

A living room with a ceiling fan above the couch area.

Ceiling Fan Direction in the Summer

In the hot summer months, your ceiling fan should rotate counter-clockwise. This will push the cold air down and help to keep your space cooler and more comfortable.

A living room that has a ceiling fan above the seating area.

Ceiling Fan Direction in the Winter

In the colder winter months, your ceiling fan should rotate clockwise. This will pull the cooler air from the room upward and re-circulate the warmer air – which accumulates near the ceiling -- downward, keeping your space nice and cozy.

A person holds a remote up to change the direction of a ceiling fan.

How to Change the Rotation of a Ceiling Fan

Changing the rotation of your ceiling fan is easy. Most models will have a chain that changes the rotation. Just give it a pull and you’re good to go. Other models may have a remote that allow you to change the direction with the push of a button for added convenience.

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