Which Way Should You Turn?

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While it’s not too terribly hot yet in the Tri-State, we all know the humidity will be here soon enough. To help lower your utility bills, make sure your ceiling fans are spinning in the right direction to move air around the room.

Most fans are reversible: One direction pushes air down, creating a nice summer breeze. The other direction sucks air up, helping you distribute heat in winter. There’s normally a switch on the motor to change the fan’s direction. 

Is your fan turning in the right direction for summer?

  • Stand beneath the running fan, and if you feel a cooling breeze, it’s turning correctly.
  • If not, change directions, usually by flicking a switch on the fan’s base.

Typically, it’s counterclockwise or left for summer and clockwise for winter, but the best method is to follow the steps above.

Not sure which way it is blowing? Be creative like the story I read on Yahoo! that one clever person used bubbles to see which direction his fan was blowing.

Would love to hear any and all thoughts!

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