Now that it’s summer, we’re all thinking about ways to cool our homes.
If you live in Southern California, there is a good chance your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, but does have ceiling fans. Did you know there is a correct direction a fan should spin during the summer months? So, which direction should a ceiling fan rotate in the summer?
Setting the Correct Direction
Most fans have a switch to change its direction and create two distinct effects:
- In the summer, you want it to spin in a counterclockwise direction. This will push air down and create a wind-chill effect.
- In the winter, you want it to spin in a clockwise direction. This will suck air up to produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Keep the fan speed low in the winter to prevent too much airflow that will start to cool the space.
If you are looking to add a ceiling fan – or ceiling fans – to your home, it’s best to look at your options. Read plenty of ceiling fan reviews to find the right fan that meets your needs, whether you’re concerned about price, style, or energy usage. What may seem to be a simple purchase can get a little more complicated, once you consider all of the various features of a ceiling fan. Some factors to consider are:
- Energy Star Rating
- Number of Blades
- Fan Size
- Mounting System
- Airflow Efficiency
- Installation Process
- Operating Cost
- Noise Level