Are you spinning in the right direction?

Did you know there is a switch on your fan to change the direction it rotates?
Most fans have a switch on the mounting base for you to change the way it rotates in winter and summer.

Winter = Clockwise + Low Speed
Turn your fan ON in the winter, just change the direction of the fan blades and set it to a low speed. Having your fan rotate clockwise in the winter draws the cold air up that settles on the floor and brings it up to the ceiling where the warm air rises and then pushes the warm air back down the walls and back to the floor. This keeps the temperatures circulating in your room instead of settling and rising. The thermostat may then be lowered for more efficient energy consumption.

Summer = Counter Clockwise + High Speed
In the summer, switch the direction to counter clockwise to circulate the cool air. This creates a cooling breeze below the fan. The thermostat may then be raised, resulting in reduced energy consumption.

summer winter fan blade direction graphic

While your up there, dust off the blades too. Cleaning off the dust keeps the air flowing over the blades without friction reducing stress on the motor and keeping the air flowing faster. Turning on a fan with dust accumulated on the blades stirs up allergies, asthma, and dust mites and spreads it throughout.

Photo credit: TripAdvisor. Dirty fan blades from a hotel room posted by a user.

fan blade coated with a thick layer of dust

Having a clean ceiling fan not only helps out allergy sufferers, but also helps diminish any noise, wobbling or motor issues caused by build-up of dust and other particles.

close up of a dusty ceiling fan blade

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