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Which direction should a ceiling fan go in the summer?

I love him dearly, but my stupid dog keeps sitting on the remote for the ceiling fan in our living room and changing its direction. It always takes me a minute to figure out if it's getting cooler or hotter, which is the only way I know how to tell if it's going the right way or not.

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Dortha Miller
2020-04-08 18:49:22

Fans should spin counterclockwise in the summer. The counterclockwise rotation pushes cool air down, while clockwise rotation can be used at a low speed in the winter to pull cool air up and push warmer air down.

Keep in mind, though, that ceiling fans don't actually cool rooms—they just create a breeze that has a wind chill effect, making you feel cooler. So you can turn the fan off if nobody's home.

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2020-04-20 20:51:08

at you

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Steven Cruz
2020-04-20 16:40:47

It should spin counterclock-wise. But depending on which way the wind is going, it can also go counterclock-wise.

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Aditya Pratap Singh
2020-04-20 10:51:34

During the summer you want the fan to blow air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counter clockwise direction as you look up at it. The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be.

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2020-04-20 08:54:33

Clockwise direction

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Wiki User
2016-10-31 17:26:14

Air movement down in the summer time and up in the winter


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Wiki User
2011-12-23 15:58:32

You want to run a ceiling fan counter-clockwise during

the summer. This will move air around the room, speeding up

evaporation of sweat on your skin and thus decreasing the apparent

temperature, making you feel cooler.

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2020-05-03 22:45:09


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2020-04-23 12:37:22

facing you

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2020-04-20 17:47:07

Clock wise

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