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How to Switch Your Ceiling Fan in the Summer


ceiling fan summer Summary: Ceiling Fan Motor and Blade Rotation Settings In the summer, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as eight degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler.

Summer Settings for a Ceiling Fan Motor and Blade Rotation



Ceiling Fans can help Save Energy During Summer

To enjoy the full cooling effects of a ceiling fan, the fan should have reversible direction switch which is typically found on the center hub where the light fixture may be mounted.
Single-direction fans are generally useful only for cooling.
The air movement from a ceiling fan makes the occupants feel more comfortable. Ceiling fans cool in the summer by wind chill. In the summer, a ceiling fan makes the air seem as much as eight degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler.

The breeze of a ceiling fan can make a temperature of 78-80 degrees feel like 72, so the air conditioning thermostat can stay set at 78, resulting in a lower electric bill.

In Hot Summer Weather the Ceiling Fan Direction Blows The Air Down

ceiling fan winter diagram

In Warm Weather


Airflow with forward rotation creates cooling breeze.
ceiling fan winter diagram

In Hot Weather


Downward airflow creates wind chill effect allowing you to keep the thermostat set for energy savings. 
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The location of the reversible direction switch to enable summer cooling.


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Wiring a Switch for an Air Compressor

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Daves Reply:


Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.