Why You Should Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

November 18, 2013 | By | Comments (5)

ceiling fan

When the temperature drops, most people probably leave the switch to their ceiling fan untouched, but running your fan during the winter can actually help you save on heating costs.

According to Porch.com, an online home improvement network, in the winter you can make a room more comfortable by keeping your fan on low with the blades running in the reverse direction to force warmer air near the ceiling down into the room.

How do you know if your fan is spinning in reverse? When you look up, the blades should be moving clockwise. Consult your model’s instruction manual for specific instructions, but most models have a small switch.

See more ways to winterize your home.


  1. Brad E Wakeman

    Not sure “clockwise” is accurate for when one “looks up” with your description. . . . Just know that the lower edges of the blades should be moving forward to pull air upward. And be sure to have the fan off and the blades stopped when changing directions so the motor doesn’t burn up.

    November 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  2. Marcellus

    Unless the room has no walls or ceiling (then, no ceiling fan), the air will circulate top to bottom, bottom to top. It doesn’t matter which way the fan turns.

    November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  3. Clockwise?

    So is it clockwise (or fan blades forward scooping air) for winter or summer?

    November 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm
  4. Brad E Wakeman

    With the lower edge of the blade moving forward (clockwise, when looking up at the unit, as described) the warm air will be forced down the walls keeping it in the room where it would be felt and not “trapped” near the ceiling (because warm air rises). This is for colder seasons.

    However, spinning the opposite way (counter-clockwise, with the higher edge of the blade moving forward) will produce a “cooling” effect on your skin as the air is forced directly down into the room, which is why this is helpful during warmer seasons.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  5. Clara Randle

    No, really, this works.

    November 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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