How Can Changing Your Home’s Ceiling Fan Direction Affect Cooling Efficiency?

How Can Changing Your Home's Ceiling Fan Direction Affect Cooling Efficiency?Did you know that ceiling fan direction can affect cooling efficiency? Believe it or not, which way the blades turn can play a crucial role in keeping your home cool and energy efficient throughout the hot summer months.

It’s All about Wind Chill

Ever notice you feel cooler when your skin is dampened and exposed to a moderate breeze? That’s the “wind chill” effect in action. As the air rushes across your skin, it’s also evaporating the moisture, removing a small portion of your body heat and making you feel cooler in the process.

Ceiling fans help produce this wind chill effect, making it possible to feel cooler without having to lower your thermostat. With the proper ceiling fan direction, you can raise your thermostat a few degrees and reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption throughout the summer without losing any comfort.

That said, it’s important to remember that the wind chill effect of ceiling fans don’t actually cool the room, only its occupants. So be sure to turn off fans when the room is not in use.

Ideal Settings

Most ceiling fans feature a switch near the fan housing that controls the ceiling fan’s direction. Here’s how it should be set during the summer and winter months:

  • During the summer, your ceiling fan should be set so that it spins counterclockwise (or forward). This enables the fan to push cold air down toward the floor, creating the wind chill effect and cooling the room’s occupants. .
  • During the winter, you should set your ceiling fan so it turns clockwise (or reverse). Warm air accumulates around the ceiling, and this setting allows the fan to push cold air up towards ceiling and disperse that warm air throughout the room.

Contact us at Davis Air Conditioning and find out how your ceiling fan can benefit your southwest Oklahoma home when it comes to comfort and energy efficiency.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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