Most homeowners buy ceiling fans to keep cool in summer, but fans can help you stay comfortable year-round. With a few simple adjustments, you can change the direction of your ceiling fan blades to help your home stay warmer this winter. Help your fan do a 180. Change the turning direction of the fan blades to disperse unused warm air throughout your house. We’ll show you how.
What’s in it for you?
- Stay warmer in winter
- Keep your energy use and utilities low
- Get the full benefits of your home features
How to Change the Direction of Your Fan Blades for Winter:
- Turn your ceiling fan on to observe the direction it’s currently turning.
In summer, the blades on your ceiling fan should turn counter-clockwise. This pushes cool air down and helps warmer air in your living space rise. You want the opposite to happen during the winter months. By switching the blades to turn clockwise, the fan will draw in the warm air from the ceiling and spread it throughout the room. Unless your blades are already turning clockwise, you’ll need to change their direction. This is easy for any homeowner as long as you have safe access to your ceiling fan.
- Turn the fan off so you can adjust it without injury.
Spend a few seconds on safety. Shut your fan off, and make sure it’s done turning before attempting any changes.
- Use a ladder to safely access the ceiling fan base.
Is the fan too high to reach on your own? You’ll need a sturdy step ladder or trestle extension ladder to reach your fan. If you don’t have a ladder tall enough for the job, try an extendable grabbing tool with rubber ends, to protect your fan’s finish.
- Locate the ceiling fan spin direction switch.
On the body of your fan, you’ll find a small switch that controls whether the blades turn clockwise or counterclockwise. Generally, the top or left-hand setting is for summer and the bottom or right-hand side is for winter use. Check your owner’s manual to make sure of your unit’s settings, then flip the switch into place.
- Turn the fan on again to make sure it’s turning in the proper direction.
Ceiling fan parts wear out over time, so you may find the direction spin switch doesn’t function. If, after moving the switch to the clockwise setting, it’s still moving in the opposite direction, call a professional for repairs.