Save on Energy Costs with the Correct Ceiling Fan Settings

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Turn your Ceiling Fan blades forward "in a clockwise" motion for the winter!

Original content by Lennar Corporation

How should the ceiling fan rotate during summer and winter? Is your ceiling fan on the proper setting? It could save you energy dollars if it rotates correctly.

Ceiling fans provide great air circulation and you can optimize these benefits by ensuring the rotation of the blades is correct for circulating warm air or a cooling breeze.

During the winter when you are using your heat, to help circulate warm air that is trapped on the ceiling, blades should turn ‘forward' in a clockwise motion. This movement will push up the air and pull the warm trapped air down the sides of the room improving heat distribution.

During hot summer weather when you are running the air, to help produce a comfortable breeze that cools the skin, blades should rotate in a ‘reverse' counter-clockwise motion. The air movement has the same comfortable effect as when you fan yourself with a magazine to get relief from hot, stifling air.

Ceiling fans in themselves do not heat or cool a room, but the air movement or circulation they effect by the correct blade rotation, can greatly improve the comfort of your living space. You can also save in energy costs when the ceiling fan is on the correct setting to support your cooling or heating efforts.

Find more information and useful tips about ceiling fans on the Energy Star website.


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Posted by

Janie Masterson, Realtor, GRI, CLHMS

2106 Trenton Rd, Clarksville TN

Direct 931 801-3348




Comments (4)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hi Janie,

A very informative article, I am learning a lot from Active Rain.

John Pusa

Oct 15, 2009 03:25 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Janie~ Since it is getting colder here in Owensboro, KY, I will have to turn my heat on soon.  Thanks for the reminder about reversing the ceiling fans!

Oct 15, 2009 03:26 PM
Janie Masterson
RE/MAX Executives - Clarksville, TN
Realtor GRI CLHMS - Trusted Real Estate Resource

Thanks for the comments!  We just reversed our fans this past weekend, and yes I did turn the heat on the other night.  Burrrr!

Oct 21, 2009 05:57 AM
Paula McDaniel
The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC - Chattanooga, TN
Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years

Thanks for the reminder to change my fans back for spring. 

Apr 22, 2013 07:00 AM