How to Set Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter

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When a ceiling fan runs clockwise, it's pushing air down, while a counter-clockwise fan is circulating warm air that has been trapped. Set a ceiling fan to change directions for more comfortable winter living with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi. I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to talk to you about how to set your ceiling fan for winter. Now there's two modes of operation in your ceiling fan. One will make it run clockwise. And then the other will make it run counterclockwise. And you can see, you've got a pitch. So when it's running in the clockwise position, what it's doing is it's pushing air down. So it's circulating air down and up around the sides. And that is the circulation that we want to have for summertime. Okay, you want to pull that warm air down, you want to mix it with the cooler air, and you want to keep that circulating to keep a more comfortable temperature in your room. However, in the winter, we want to do just the opposite. We want to take the warm air that's trapped and we want to circulate it back down into the room. Okay? So how we do that is we're actually going to set this so it runs in counterclockwise, and it actually pulls air up from the center of the room and then it will cascade the warmer air down over the other side. And a big part of that is usually your sitting areas are around the periphery of the room. And so you want that comfortable air, in the winter, being brought down around you. And in the summer, you want the warm air being pulled away from you. So to do that on your ceiling fan, each ceiling fan has a switch on the side. Now if it's in the down position, it's set for summer operation. So all you have to do is you slide it in the up position. And if you happen to have a ceiling fan that's on a switch, then you can turn it on, and you should see that the direction of the bevel is now rotating where the air is going to be pushed up towards the center of the room. And all ceiling fans are pretty much like that, where you have that switch on the side. So, again, down will be for summer setting. Switch it up for your winter setting. And that's all you have to do. So I'm Tim Gipson, and that's how to set your ceiling fan for a winter operation.


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