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Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer? The Cool Way!

Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer? The Cool Way!

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Published: June 28, 2012

Make sure your ceiling fans rotate in the correct direction to cool you in summer.

We're having a heat wave; so make sure your ceiling fans are spinning in the right direction to move air around the room.

Most fans are reversible: One direction pushes air down, creating a nice summer breeze; the other direction sucks air up, helping you distribute heat in winter. There's normally a switch on the motor to change the fan's direction. 

Is your fan turning in the right direction for summer?

  • Stand beneath the running fan, and if you feel a cooling breeze, it's turning correctly.
  • If not, change directions, usually by flicking a switch on the fan's base.

Typically, it's counterclockwise or left for summer and clockwise for winter, but the best method is to follow the steps above.

Funny note: We read on Yahoo! that one clever person used bubbles to see which direction his fan was blowing.

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