How Does Ceiling Fan Direction Impact Your Indoor Comfort?

Many homeowners use ceiling fans as an alternative to running the air conditioner at certain times of year. What you may not realize is that simply switching ceiling fan direction can have a positive impact on indoor comfort all year long.

Ceiling Fan Blade Direction Basics

Switching blade direction is an easy task to tackle at the start of the cooling and heating seasons. It’s just a matter of adjusting the small control button found on the fan housing. Always make sure that the ceiling fan is turned off before making the switch to avert the risk of injury.

  • For the summer, the blades should spin forward. When they’re moving in the counterclockwise direction, the motion of the blades creates a downward wind chill effect. That air movement across the skin speeds up moisture evaporation, so a body feels cooler.
  • In cold weather, put the blades in reverse. When the heating system is running, all the warm air it produces naturally migrates to the highest point in each room — the ceiling. Having the ceiling fan blades spinning clockwise helps push it back down into the living area so you can benefit fully from the warmth.

If you’re unsure which direction the button is set to, turn the fan on its slowest speed and stand underneath. Look at the blade direction — clockwise or counterclockwise — and note whether you feel any air movement.

Bonuses of Operating Ceiling Fans Year-Round

Switching blade direction according to the seasons and running ceiling fans throughout the year offers some distinct advantages:

  • With the boost in comfort that’s achieved, you can adjust the thermostat setting by a few degrees both winter and summer to save on energy consumption and reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Since the furnace and A/C don’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired comfort level, there’s less wear on the equipment. This can help prolong its useful life  span.

For more information on how ceiling fan direction can improve the comfort in your greater Cincinnati home, contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

Image via Shutterstock.com

"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.
    Image

    Financing

    Image

    Apollo Care Plan