Does it matter if my ceiling fan turns clockwise or counterclockwise?
June, 4th, 2013
Well, yes! Ceiling fan direction is a very important aspect of being able to get the most out of your fan in terms of comfort level and energy reduction. Sometimes, people actually get wall switches added during the ceiling fan installation to be able to control their fan direction during different seasons.
During ceiling fan installation, you are given the option of choosing the direction that you want your ceiling fan to rotate. Be sure to check that the ceiling fan rotates in the counter clockwise direction during the summer which can reduce your energy costs by up to forty percent while cooling the room better. In the winter, this should be the opposite. The fan should rotate in the clockwise direction for efficient usage.
During the winter, the ceiling fan moves in a clockwise direction and helps to redirect the warm air that rises to the ceiling. The ceiling fan pushes air toward the ceiling and pulls the warm trapped air down the sides of the room. However, during the summer, running the ceiling fan in a counter clockwise direction will help distribute cool air throughout the room by reversing the air flow.
Tip: Any time you reverse the direction of your ceiling fan’s rotation, be sure to clean the blades first. Otherwise, dust that has accumulated on top of the blades will be blown to the ground.
It is important to ensure that during the ceiling fan installation process you request that your fan has the option of changing rotation direction installed with it. If your ceiling fan is installed in a high, hard to reach location then you may also want to get a wall switch installed that will allow to easily control the fan’s direction.
If you have questions or need assistance with a ceiling fan installation in Greenville or Spartanburg, call Corley Plumbing Air Electric at 864-334-8966.