What direction to set your ceiling fan.

 

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot Idaho summer months. But did you know that the direction of your ceiling fan can also impact the efficiency of your air conditioning system? By using your ceiling fan in the correct direction, you can save energy and money on your utility bills.

First, it's important to understand the two main settings on a ceiling fan: the "summer" setting and the "winter" setting. In the summer, you want the fan to blow air downwards, creating a cooling breeze. This is known as the "downward airflow" setting. In the middle of the cold Southeastern Idaho winter, you want the fan to blow air upwards, which will push warm air that has risen to the ceiling back down into the room. This is known as the "upward airflow" setting.

To switch between the summer and winter settings, most ceiling fans have a small switch on the base of the fan, near the motor. This switch will typically have two positions: one for "downward airflow" and one for "upward airflow". If your fan doesn't have a switch, look for a small button or switch on the motor housing.

When using your fan in the summer setting, make sure the blades are spinning counter-clockwise. This will create a cooling breeze and help keep the room comfortable. In the winter setting, make sure the blades are spinning clockwise. This will push warm air back down into the room and help keep it warm.

It's also important to note that ceiling fans are most effective when they are running at high speeds. This is because the faster the fan is spinning, the more air it can move and the more cooling or heating it can provide. So, be sure to adjust the speed of your fan accordingly. 

The bottom line is ceiling fans are not just for decoration but also can help you save energy and money by using them in the correct direction. Make sure to switch your fan to the summer setting in the summer and the winter setting in the winter, and adjust the speed accordingly. Your home will be comfortable and your utility bills will be lower.