What is the reverse switch on a ceiling fan for?

When you put the fan into reverse, it draws air upward. Most people think of this as a way to bring the warmer air near the ceiling back down into lower half of the room, where the people are. That’s a great way to use the reverse function in the winter.

Which way is a fan in reverse?

Reverse direction for a ceiling fan is a clockwise motion producing an updraft. In the winter, when your heater is running, reversing your ceiling fan moves warm air near the ceiling down to the floor. This greatly reduces your energy use and can lower your energy bills by as much as 15 percent.

Should a fan be forward or reverse?

The ceiling fan direction in summer should be counterclockwise to help create a downdraft, which creates that direct, cooling breeze. Your fan direction in winter needs to be clockwise to create an updraft and circulate warm air around the room.

Why does a ceiling fan go both ways?

By spinning your ceiling fan in this direction it will pull cold air up to the ceiling and force the warm air that’s built up back down the walls and into the room. You’ll avoid the windchill affect of your fan and more evenly heat your home, which in turn will allow you to turn down your thermostat and save energy.

How do you tell if ceiling fan is blowing up or down?

Here’s a super easy way to remember which way to set a ceiling fan for the season.

  1. Set the fan to High so it is spinning at its top speed and stand under it. Do you feel the air blowing down on you?
  2. Now switch the fan to go the other direction. If you do not feel air blowing down on you, that means it’s blowing upward.

Do all ceiling fans reverse?

Nearly every ceiling fan has a switch on the motor housing that changes the blades’ movement from counterclockwise (the standard setting) to clockwise, and vice versa.

Which way should fan turn in winter?

To recap, your ceiling fan should be spinning in the counterclockwise direction during summer months, and the clockwise direction in the cooler, winter and fall months.

Does a reverse fan really work?

This deflects the air movement off the ceiling, then off the walls and down to ground level. Also, most house fans do not have a forward setting slow enough to not create a breeze. So running them in reverse not only mixes the air, it keeps those in the room from getting a chill.