Ceiling Fans in Warm Weather

Warm weather is upon us and summer is around the corner. This is the time to change the direction of your ceiling fan. Turning the fan blades in a counter-clockwise direction will not only make you feel cooler, but it will lower the cost of running your air conditioner.  To tell which direction the ceiling fan is turning, stand under the fan, look up and watch the ceiling fan spin. The blades will should spin the opposite direction of a clock for summer cooling. You also should feel a breeze while standing under the fan. If you do not feel air movement, the fan is spinning clockwise.

To change the direction of the blades to counter-clockwise for cooling:

Turn off the fan and wait for the blades to come to a complete stop.
Locate the direction switch on the fan housing. Flip the switch. Turn the ceiling fan back on and confirm the direction.

If using a remote, stop the fan. When the blades have come to a complete stop, press the reverse button on the remote.
Turn the ceiling fan back on and confirm the direction.

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