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The Definitive Guide to Using Ceiling Fans in Winter – TheCeilingFanCompany

Your ceiling fans are great for cooling your home during the summer months. Did you know that you can also use ceiling fans in winter to.

How To Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction For Summer and Winter

Ceiling fans fan a great way to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter if you know how to use them properly. Though there is much confusion on the subject, it’s not that hard as long ceiling you remember two simple rules.

Rule #1: Summer

Run ceiling fans counterclockwise on medium to high speeds during hot weather only when the room is occupied.

Ceiling fans make you feel cooler in the summer by creating an artificial breeze that evaporates moisture from your skin. This allows you to set your thermostat higher, saving money on air conditioning bills.

When a ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise (while looking up at it), the slant of the blades pushes air down, causing a noticeable breeze. The faster the fan spins, the cooler you feel.

This cooling effect doesn’t change the temperature of the air, it use makes you feel cooler. That is why you should turn the fan off when the room is empty. Otherwise, heat from the motor will actually increase the temperature in the room.

Rule #2: Winter

Run ceiling fans on low in a clockwise direction during cold weather.

Ceiling fans can produce the opposite effect in the winter by gently circulating hot air that is trapped near the how. Since heat rises, the temperature near the ceiling is greater than at floor level. This is particularly true in houses with high ceilings or those with heating systems that do not circulate the air.

The reason the fan is set to rotate clockwise on low is to keep from creating a strong draft, which would cool you down just like it does in summer. Instead, the air near the ceiling is pushed up and outward, causing it to circulate down near the perimeter of the room.

Since the air at floor level is warmer, the thermostat can be set lower, saving money and helping the environment at the same time. Any heat generated by the fan’s motor is a bonus in the winter, so you can keep it running whether you are present in the room or not.

Follow these two simple rules, and your house will feel more comfortable while being a little greener at the same time.

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A ceiling fan doesn’t cool a home, it cools people. It does so without changing indoor temperature one degree! How? By moving air. The movement of air over the surface of your skin removes heat from a region physiologists call the boundary layer — a warm layer of air that surrounds us at all times. By stripping heat from the boundary layer, a ceiling fan makes us feel as if the air in the room is about 4 degrees Fahrenheit cooler. Ceiling fans are especially effective cooling fans early or late in the cooling season, when all you need is a slight temperature decrease.

If your home is energy-efficient, a few strategically placed fans may be all you need to stay comfortably cool in the summer. Even if you still need air conditioning, ceiling fans will save energy by allowing you to raise the thermostat setting. Be sure to choose an Energy Star ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans come in a wide ceiling of styles, colors, and prices. They can come with or without ceiling fan lights. Some are operated by remote control, others by wall switches in combination with pull chains. Most ceiling fans come with a switch to change the speed. In addition, most have two settings so you can control the direction in which the blades turn — one setting for winter (that brings warm air down) and another for summer. In the summer, you should be able to feel “cool” air moving if you stand directly under the fan.

Shopping for a Ceiling Fan

Before shopping for a ceiling fan, measure the volume of how room (length x width x height), and select the right size fan for the room. When selecting a ceiling fan, bear in mind that larger rooms may require two or more ceiling fans.

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can be mounted close to the ceiling for low ceilings, or on a down rod (a piece of pipe that positions the fan away from the ceiling) for cathedral ceilings. If the fan is too high, it may not have much effect.

Installing a ceiling fan can be relatively easy if you’re experienced in electrical work and if there is an available ceiling light fixture with electrical connections you can use for the fan. If you’re installing a ceiling fan in a room without an overhead light fixture, you’ve got a bigger project — one that may require the services of a professional installer.

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When installing a ceiling fan in a room with a ceiling light fixture, you will have to remove the existing ceiling-mounted electrical box and replace it with a fan-rated box. Regular ceiling-mounted electrical boxes should always be replaced by fan-rated boxes, attached to ceiling joists or to a support bar that attaches to joists. In most cases, ordinary electrical boxes aren’t strong enough to support a heavy fan fan and the force of its motion. Fan-rated boxes have deep-threaded holes or strong bolts that create a sturdy attachment for the fan.

Be sure to turn off the circuit at the breaker box to avoid shock. Test the circuit with a voltmeter to be certain you turned off the correct one before starting the job. Or play it really safe and flip the main breaker switch, turning off all power to your house.

After the fan box is in place, attach the mounting plate and thread the electrical wires through it. Use a sturdy stepladder. It’s a good idea to ask a friend or family member to stabilize the ladder and hand you tools as you need them.

After the mounting plate has been installed, assemble the fan (without blades) on the floor, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Suspend the fan temporarily on the mounting plate using a hook. Connect the wires from the electrical service to the wires that supply the motor in the fan. If you’re installing a fan with a wireless remote switch, wire the receiving unit into the fan, following manufacturer’s instructions. When the electrical connections are secure, attach the canopy (the base of the fan) to the mounting plate. Then, install the ceiling fan blades.

When installing a ceiling fan, be sure ceiling fan blades are at least 10 inches from the ceiling. If mounted closer, they will not be able to circulate air as well. To avoid injury, ceiling fans should be mounted so the blades are at least 7 feet off the floor. Even then, a person who is 6 feet tall runs the risk of bruising a hand when dressing use stretching beneath a low-hanging fan.

To learn more about cooling your home with fans, see Simple Ways to Cool Your Home and Save Big.

This article is excerpted from Green Home Improvementby Dan Chiras. Dan teaches workshops on renewable energy and green building through the Evergreen Institute.


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Ceiling Fan Direction
Which way should a ceiling fan spin or rotate during summer or winter?

The information on this page has been awarded #1 answer at Yahoo! Answers on many occasions!

“ the most common technical question that people ask regarding ceiling fans is “What direction should my fan spin during the summer and winter” and “Why?”

Quick Answer: I say quick answer, because this is a very generalized answer, which in many (or most) cases is not necessarily correct. But, I will state this answer first simply because it is what has been the industry answer for over 100 years.

“During the summer you want the fan to blow air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counter clockwise direction as you look up at it. The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be. During the winter, your fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction.” Read the more detailed answer below to really understand this answer as there are many exceptions to this rule.

For clarification:
Forward = Counter Clockwise = Summer mode
Reverse = Clockwise = Winter Mode

Which ceiling fans are best for Summer and Winter?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get from people who own lower quality ceiling fans that seem to make little or no difference in summer or winter regardless of the direction they are spinning. Such fans are poorly made and simply don’t move much air in either direction. So if you cannot tell if your fan is in forward or reverse by just turning it on high speed and standing under it, maybe it’s time to consider replacing your fan with one that actually moves a good amount of air.

During the summer you want lots of airflow, but you want to control it so that it is not too much during more mild days. You also want maximum control of lower speeds during the winter so the fan does not cool you off while drawing the warm air from the ceiling. And of course, you want to be able to conveniently reverse the fan without having to get on a ladder or fumble around for a switch hidden on top of the motor. The “Eco” fans below from Emerson are the ultimate answer because they are best designed for use in both summer and winter. These high performance fans have super efficient DC motors, which use very little electricity yet have the ability to generate a wide range of airflow from very low to very high. They all have 6 speeds, so you can really fine tune the airflow and they come with a remote control (or wall control), making them super convenient and easy to reverse direction. Since hot summer months require maximum airflow and cold winter months need maximum efficiency at low speeds, these fans are by far the ideal choice for those who wish to use their ceiling fans year around. They also run super quiet, so they are great fans for bedrooms and other sound sensitive rooms. Read more about the Emerson Eco Fans.

Emerson Eco Ceiling Fans Are Great for Summer & Winter

Notable Features:

  • 6 Speeds in Forward and Reverse
  • Wide Range Between Low and High Speed Settings
  • Convenient Wall or Remote Controls
  • Super Efficient DC Motors That Use up to 75% Less Electricity
  • Very Quiet Operation – Great for Bedrooms
  • Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Extra Heavy Duty High Quality Construction with Precision Made Components

YouTube Video for Ceiling Fan Direction

This video features a Casablanca Panama with the Inteli-Touch wall control, which is also available with a 6 Speed DC Motor. The Casablanca Panama is one of the highest quality ceiling fans on the market, and one of the best choices for fans that are used in both summer and winter. My only criticism of this video is the recommendation to use the fan on medium speed.I prefer higher speeds on very warm days.and the lowest speed during the winter. 6 speed fans like the Inteli-Touch Panama ceiling the Emerson Eco fans shown above are advantageous because they give how the ability to fine tune the speed depending on how hot or cold it is. This video can be found directly on YouTube here:

More About Ceiling Fan Direction

During the summer, you want the air blowing directly on you so you use feel cooler from the wind chill effect (which is how fans cool you off). So stand under the fan and turn it up on high speed. If you “Do Not” feel the air very well, then turn the fan off and flick the reverse toggle switch. Turn it back on high speed. If you feel more air, you have it in the right position. So whichever position you feel the most air movement when standing directly under the fan is the correct position for summer. If you do not feel much air in either direction, then your fan has a very weak motor with a relatively flat pitch to the blade. Fans like this won’t do much good for you in either direction during the summer. If this is this case, you may wish to consider visiting a specialty fan dealer online to get a more powerful fan than the ones they sell at the home centers.

During the winter, it is the opposite. You do not want to feel the air movement from the fan blowing directly on you since this will make you feel cooler from the wind chill effect. So, again.stand under the fan and turn it up on high speed. Whichever mode you feel the least amount of air is the correct mode for winter. However, you want to operate the fan at a low speed during the winter, otherwise, even in the correct mode, you will still get some wind chill effect, which you do not want.

To set the matter straight about how fans work during the winter and summer:

During winter (in the correct mode as described above), the fan will slowly draw the cooler air from floor level directly below the fan upwards to the ceiling where it mixes with the warmer air. The air is then kicked out across the ceiling towards the walls as it comes down. This circulates the air giving you the least amount of direct air movement, which minimizes the wind chill effect.

During the summer, you want the maximum wind chill effect, so the main column of air that rushes straight down from the fan is what you will feel the most. However, if your fan is not directly over the area where you want to feel coolest, say your room is rather large with a fan in the middle and your couch closer to an outer wall, you might find yourself more comfortable if you run the fan at a high speed in the wrong direction because the wind chill effect will be more prominent further away from the fan closer to the walls.

One customer told me how he determined the best direction to operate his fans. He turned on a bubble machine in his home and watched where the bubbles went. To this day, I think this is the most ingenious answer I’ve heard to the question.”

Here are some exceptions to the rule as well as some great tips and tricks you can perform with your ceiling fan!

How about a card trick! OK, just kidding.but seriously, if you are playing cards at a table that is beneath a ceiling fan during the summer and you want the fan to cool you off without blowing the cards off the table, then turn your fan in reverse (clockwise) and run it on the highest speed. This will cause the fan to draw the air up from the table and blow it around your back side.

Dining Rooms: How about over a table when you are eating? Same thing as playing cards or doing anything else at your table. Running the fan in reverse will help keep the fan from cooling off your food while gently throwing a breeze towards the walls and backup toward your backside. You might notice that in many restaurants, the fans are running in clockwise motion. I don’t know who told the restaurant owners to do this, but I amazingly find that more often than not, they are doing this correctly. This must be an inside secret in the restaurant business.

Bedrooms: Well, some people do not like fan feeling of air blowing directly on them and cannot sleep, so my suggestion is to run the fan on a higher speed in reverse so you do not feel so much direct air movement. You will sleep better and get more comfort from your fan. I myself love to feel the air movement, so I blast mine in forward so the air blows right down on me.

Large Rooms: So you have a large room and wisely decided to install 2 ceiling fans. You might want to experiment with the fans during the summer by operating them on high speed in forward, reverse, and opposite directions. Depending on where your seating is in the room, a combination of directions may actually hit that spot the best by creating a unique vortex in the air flow. The bubble trick I mentioned previously is great for testing this!

Outdoors: OK, so you have your fan outdoors. I will assume that you are pretty much going to be using the fan only during the summer. So, all of the above rules apply.such as over a table when playing cards or doing paperwork. However, an additional benefit of having a ceiling fan outdoors over a table is that you can use the fan to keep bugs away by turning it up on high speed in forward (counter clockwise). The compromise here is that it will cool your food off. Keep in mind that for this to work, you need a ceiling fan that has a motor powerful enough to create a column of air strong enough to ward off those pesky flies and yellow jackets. Not all fans will do this well, so make sure to ask for a fan with a powerful motor if you wish for your outdoor fan to perform this task. You will be much more pleased with the comfort level the fan produces anyway, so it’s worth spending a bit more for the best quality outdoor fan you can afford.

Here are links to several excellent outdoor fans that move a good amount of air:

Smokers: If you or someone in your family (or a guest) smokes inside your need to run your ceiling fans in reverse (clockwise) to draw the smoke up towards the ceiling and out towards the walls away from you and your guests. Although the speed at which you should run your fan depends on how powerful the fan is as well as how large the room is, my suggestion for this application is medium speed for the average ceiling fan. This is a common application in cigar lounges where they use this technique combined with exhaust vents in the ceiling to pull the smoke out of the area.


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