As the summer starts to make days hotter, it is important for homeowners to consider ways in which they can get the most out of their home cooling system. Of course, this means performing your annual air conditioner maintenance and cleaning, but there are additional steps that you can take to ensure that your home is as cool as possible, while also getting the most cooling for your dollar. One thing that many people fail to consider is the direction that they have their ceiling fan blades turning.
The first thing to know is that a ceiling fan can be a great way to say cool even when you are not using the air conditioner. The breeze created by the fan can be refreshing and the air circulation can help to keep the room cooler, but you do need to ensure that the ceiling fan is turning in the right direction.
The proper direction to have your ceiling fan turning in the summer is counterclockwise. This blows the air in a downward direction, thus providing the occupants of the room with a draft. If the fan is rotating in the clockwise direction, this is creating an updraft and actually having little effect or possibly circulating the warmer air near the ceiling and by doing so, making the home warmer.
Along with helping to make you feel cooler and more comfortable when you are not using the air conditioner. A ceiling fan that is rotating in the proper direction can assist the air conditioner in meeting your home cooling needs. The airflow that is created by the ceiling fan can help the cool air from the air conditioner to circulate and this means that you will get more effective overall cooling in the home. Additionally, that cool refreshing breeze from the fan will provide you with a feeling of being cool and this can allow you to turn the air conditioner a few degrees higher while maintaining a comfort level that is the same or similar.
Adjusting your ceiling fan to the proper rotation for the season is simple. Turn the fan on and observe the direction in which the blades are rotating. If you are standing under the fan, you should feel the breeze if they are turning counterclockwise and little to no breeze if you observe a clockwise rotation. If you see that the blades are turning counterclockwise, then nothing needs to be done. If you see that they are turning in the clockwise direction, then you need to make an adjustment. To change the direction of the fan, simply turn off the fan and wait for the blades to stop turning. Once the blades have stopped, you can access the direction switch that is located on the body of the fan.
We spend a lot of money cooling our homes in the summer and finding ways to reduce these costs is just the practical and intelligent thing to do. If you have a ceiling fan, this is a valuable resource for home cooling and you need to try to get the most out of it. Check the direction of your ceiling fan blades and make your home a cooler and more efficient environment.