Flip The Switch On Your Ceiling Fan

Flip The Switch On Your Ceiling Fan

I am embarrassed to say that after years of living in a home with a ceiling fan in each bedroom, it was only recently that I learned about the little switch on the side of the fan base.  It turns out that there is a winter setting and a summer setting for ceiling fans.  Now that I have been enlightened, I use the switch to make the blades turn counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.  

Ceiling fans do not cool or warm the air, they simply move the air.  In the summer, the counterclockwise direction moves the air directly below and in the general area of the fan providing a cooling effect much like a handheld fan.  In the winter, because warmer air rises to the ceiling, the clockwise direction pulls the cool air near the floor up and pushes the warm air down along the walls of the room.

These are the general rules for ceiling fans.  Some manufacturers may give different instructions so you should follow the directions they provide with the fan.  Because my fans were already installed when we purchased our home, I don't have those instructions.  So, I checked by setting the blades to turn counterclockwise and stood under the fan.  Nice breeze - I got it right!

ConEdison tells us that fans use much less energy than air conditioners.  They also provide lots of tips on conserving energy.  Visit their website and check out "The Power of Green Tips"

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