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Which Direction Should Ceiling Fans Spin in Summer?

small_2114843266Did you know that most ceiling fans can operate in two different directions? One direction is used to improve comfort and efficiency levels during winter, and the other is used for similar effects during summer. So now that we’re in the cooling season here the St. Louis area, which direction should your ceiling fans spin? Today we’re going to answer that question and help you get the most out of your ceiling fans this summer!

 

Which direction should ceiling fans spin in summer?

 

During summer, your ceiling fans should spin in a counter-clockwise rotation. That means that if you’re looking up at a ceiling fan, the blades should be spinning to the left.

 

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your ceiling fan is spinning in the correct direction, try both settings. The setting for summer will create a large wind-chill effect that you will easily feel. The other direction will create a slight updraft effect, but it will not be nearly as noticeable when you’re standing under it.

 

How do ceiling fans improve home comfort and efficiency levels?

 

There are two primary ways that ceiling fans can work in conjunction with your air conditioner to improve comfort and efficiency levels. The first way is by improving the circulation of cool air throughout your rooms. Ceiling fans help evenly distribute cool air throughout your rooms, which makes it easier for every section of a room to receive cool air. This makes an entire room’s temperature levels more comfortable and consistent.

 

The second great feature of ceiling fans is that they make rooms feel cooler. Even though ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature of a room, the wind-chill effect that they create can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. This will allow you to lower your home’s thermostat setting by a few degrees, which will save you money on your energy bills, without having to worry about your home getting too warm.

 

If you have any questions about which direction your ceiling fans should spin during summer, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Maryland Heights, O’Fallon and St. Paul, MO.

 

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