Cooler temps will soon be upon us! Now is a good time to think about getting your ceiling fans cleaned, and to change the direction of the blades. This will keep your rooms more comfortable all year long, and save you money by lowering your heating costs.
Which way does it go? In warmer months, the fan produces a direct breeze, blowing air down into the room and creating a wind-chill effect. This is running in a counterclockwise direction, when viewed from below. When the heat is on, you don’t want cool air blowing down on you. Most ceiling fans today have a reverse setting that allows the fan to run in the clockwise direction. You’re still circulating air without creating that breeze. There’s a bit more to it than that, also – because warm air rises, running that fan in reverse also grabs that warm air that hanging around up at the ceiling and forces it out and down the walls. It helps balance the temperature in the room.
Speed? The general rule is higher in summer, lower in winter.
Placement? Ideally, your fan blades should hang between 10-12 inches below the ceiling for best results. If you have very high/vaulted ceilings, hand the fan so the blades are 8-9′ above the floor.