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Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan Direction for both Summer + Winter

Chances are that you added a ceiling fan to your home for the same reason that most do: to keep things cool. Believe it or not, the direction of your ceiling fan allows you to better customize the temperature in your home not only for cooling but for heating as well.

However, it can be easy to forget which direction the ceiling fan needs to rotate in order to make this all possible. Here are the how’s, which’s, and why’s for changing your ceiling fan’s rotation to spin the ideal direction for summer and winter.

Which way should a ceiling fan turn in the winter?

Clockwise. In the winter, changing your ceiling fan direction clockwise enables forced convection that helps to warm your house.

How does a ceiling fan warm a room?

Forced convection is when you move heat using fluid currents. This is done when a ceiling fan is switched to a clockwise rotation. You are probably familiar with how heat rises. Because hot air is less dense than colder air, by changing a ceiling fan rotation to push air upwards by pulling it from below, you are able to circulate the warmer air that is already collecting by your ceiling while pulling the cold air away from you towards the ceiling.

Which way should a ceiling fan spin in the summer?

Counterclockwise. By changing your ceiling fan direction counterclockwise for the summer, your ceiling fan will create a downwards airflow, thus helping break stagnant air and making you and your guests feel cooler.

How does a ceiling fan cool a room?

It’s a common misconception that the current created from a ceiling fan rotation will decrease the temperature of the room. While you will experience a cooling sensation, your room doesn’t actually change in temperature.


When a ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise, the airflow it creates helps push away the stagnant layer of air that surrounds you. This air prevents heat from leaving your body and makes you feel warmer. By moving this air, your body is able to cool itself easier even if the temperature of the room does not actually change. Because of this, leaving a ceiling fan on in an unoccupied room does not do very much to cool your home since you will need to be the room for the full effect.


Ceiling Fan Direction For Summer and Winter

How do I change my ceiling fan’s rotation?

Changing the rotation of your ceiling fan is simple. There are two main ways to do so:

  1. Locate the lever or button on the housing of your ceiling fan and flip the lever. If the fan begins to spin clockwise, you are ready for winter. If it spins counterclockwise, you are good for summer.
  2. If your ceiling fan has a remote or wall switch, there may be a button for reversing your ceiling fan.

Which direction should ceiling fan blades face?

All of the above directions on which way to turn your ceiling fan are based on the assumption that a ceiling fan has ceiling fan blades that are correctly implemented. For a ceiling fan to work properly, the ceiling fan blades must be pitched upwards to the left. That means that the lowest point of the blade should be on the right side, and the highest point on the left.

So, whether it’s summer or winter, check out our selection of ceiling fans to keep yourself comfortable year-round.

Adam Busch

Adam Busch

Adam Busch is on YDesign Group’s SEO team, helping to ensure lovers of modern find the pieces that complete their space. In his spare time, you might find Adam exploring Northern California, fine-tuning his BBQing skills, or tallying up his Eames Lounge Chair fund.

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