Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter to Save Energy and Money

by Gil Schauer on January 3, 2013

There are numerous ways homeowners can save both energy and money when it comes to heating their homes. Installing new, energy-efficient appliances—such as a furnace—is a great step in the “green” direction. But what many homeowners do not know is that they can save considerable money on their heating costs by using their ceiling fans in the winter—that is, after they winterize them.

Winterizing to Change the Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter to Clockwise

Homeowners do many winterizing tasks to get ready for the cool weather. After fall, they power down air conditioning units, watch their furnace usage, prepare their fireplaces, and turn off all summer-related equipment. One thing homeowners should not turn off, however, is their ceiling fans. Winterizing ceiling fans simply means running ceiling fans in the winter in the opposite direction—clockwise. Since the air near the ceiling is warmer than the air near the floor of a room, ceiling fans push the trapped warm air back down and circulate it evenly throughout the room. This creates warmer rooms without having to increase the heat on the thermostat, which results in smaller electricity and gas bills at the end of the month.

Benefits of Using Ceiling Fans in the Winter

Changing the ceiling fan direction for winter reduces the need for space heaters, wood-burning stoves, and other in-room heating devices that produce heat but don’t circulate it. Although these devices also help lower the thermostat temperature, they take on their own energy costs to run, thus defeating the purpose. A winterized ceiling fan, on the other hand, removes the need for these excess heating items and, even better, helps save on space and declutter for the winter season.

According to the experts, reversing ceiling fan direction for winter can save a homeowner up to 15 percent on heating and energy costs—much like they save on cooling costs during the hot summers.

How to Winterize Ceiling Fans

Most ceiling fans winterize themselves. As long as they are electric, the ceiling fan has a switch that changes the rotation direction. Flip the switch to change the ceiling fan direction for winter and the process is complete.

Before homeowners use their ceiling fans in the winter, they should perform the same maintenance they do on other winter-related products in their home. This can include dusting and cleaning the fan blades, ensuring the electrical connections are secure, and replacing any missing light bulbs.

Older ceiling fan units may not have the reverse feature. If they don’t, homeowners should consider replacing the fan with a newer, higher quality model. Although the upfront cost can be greater, upgrading to a newer model will save energy costs for the winter and summer as well as ensure the homeowner has the clockwise and counter-clockwise option.

Talk to the ceiling fan experts to learn more about the many benefits of using ceiling fans in the winter by visiting www.CeilingFan.com or calling 877.724.2326.

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changeablejaile95 December 28, 2013 at 2:42 am

I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and
was wondering what all is required to get set up?
I’m assuming having a bloog like yours would cost a pretty
penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain.
Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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Kristin January 9, 2014 at 3:11 am

Sure! Go ahead and email me at contact@ceilingfan.com, and I can show you some of the things we did to set it up.

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Scott November 19, 2014 at 2:35 am

This might seem silly, but what direction is clockwise? It’s like telling someone your “front, left” tire is low on air. Front left is the driver’s side if you’re in the car, and the passenger’s side if your looking straight at the front of the car from outside.

Is clockwise in this case looking up from the ground beneath the fan?

Thanks.

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Lynne December 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Hi Scott,

That is actually a very good question and one a lot of people ask and have trouble with. The short answer is as you’ve said, look up from the ground beneath the fan.

Here is what I do.

Stand underneath the fan and look up.
• If it is moving counter-clockwise it is in the summer cooling position.
• If it is moving clockwise it is in the winter heating position.

Does that help? Let me know.

Thanks,
Lynne

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