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Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter Time

How to Change Your Ceiling Fan Rotation for Winter Time: Consider these Factors Before Adjusting the Direction Switch of Your Ceiling Fan, Locating the Ceiling Fan Direction Switch.

Ceiling Fan Adjustment to Help Warm Up Your Home
Ceiling Fan Question: Which direction should a ceiling fan turn in cold weather, clockwise-counterclockwise?

This home electrical question came from: Barbara, a Homeowner from Keizer, Oregon.
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Additional Comments: Great, I am just confused about the direction, is not making it a clear answer.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your ceiling fan question Barbara, lets see if we can clear up the confusion.

Locating the Ceiling Fan Direction Switch

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Ceiling Fan Motor and Blade Rotation Settings In the winter, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as fifteen degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer.

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4 Responses to “Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter Time”
  1. bill says:

    My ceiling fan motor hums, but the blades do not turn. What can be the cause or the problem?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Bill,
      Here are some possible causes or problems to consider when a ceiling fan motor hums but the blades do not turn or rotate:
      A faulty start capacitor that needs to be replaced.
      Bad motor or shaft bearings, or need for bearings to be lubricated.
      Check the ceiling fan circuit power for the correct voltage.
      Look for an obstruction or mechanical jam within the motor or fan blade mounting bracket.

      NOTE: If this is a new fan then make sure that the plastic shipping spacers have been removed from the motor hub assembly.

      I hope this helps,
      Dave

  2. Robert Rogers says:

    By profession, I am an electrical engineer with some knowledge of mechanical. The source of heat in my house is two natural gas wall heaters. I have tryed both rotation directions cw and ccw, or draft up and down. Viewng from the floor level, the blades would be rotating ccw for down draft and cw for updraft. I have found a more even distribution heat is created with updraft configuration. Further, the heat
    on time is greatly reduced. I have three ceiling fans one in the living room, one in the master bedroom and one in the den. The bedroom and living room are configured updraft and den is configured down draft, since the heat comes from the living room.
    Therefore, it best to try both directions for best effect. For summer distribution,
    probable the best is down draft, since house airconditioning will probably be active.

    I hope I helped.
    Robert Rogers, P.E
    Electrical Engineer

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Great information Robert,
      I agree – the best direction for ceiling fan rotation will depend on a variety of factors for individual homes and rooms as you have pointed out.
      Thanks very much for sharing!
      Dave

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