How to cool—and warm—your home with your fan

ceiling fan rotation

Did you know that your ceiling fan was actually designed to be useful in both hot and cold weather? Change the direction of your ceiling fan’s blades to make full use of it in the summer and winter.

If your ceiling fan does not include a remote or wall control, look for a toggle-switch on the motor housing just below the blades:

In the summer, set your fan to rotate counterclockwise. This will push cool air down to the floor. The cool air helps evaporate perspiration and creates a wind chill effect, which makes you feel cooler, no matter the room’s actual temperature.

In the winter, set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise at a low speed. This will pull the cooler air up and push the warmer air (which naturally rises to the ceiling) back down, making your room feel warmer, without needing to crank up the thermostat.