In the South Texas summer heat, improving indoor comfort can be a real challenge. Fortunately, you can maximize your comfort by using ceiling fans in conjunction with your A/C system. However, you’ll only get the most out of the cooling power of the fans if the blades are set to rotate correctly. Here’s more on how changing the ceiling fan direction helps improve home comfort during the cooling months.
The Wind Chill Effect
As the summertime heat rolls in, you should change the fan blade rotation to counterclockwise. This allows the ceiling fan to create a downdraft effect that pushes cold air toward the floor. As the air from the fan rushes against your skin, it moves your natural body heat away from you and makes you feel much cooler in the process.
In reality, the ceiling fan doesn’t lower the room temperature. You feel cooler simply because of the wind chill effect it produces on your skin. Therefore, there’s no point in having ceiling fans running in unoccupied rooms, where there’s no one to appreciate their cooling effect. Only use the fans in occupied rooms.
What’s more, with the correct ceiling fan direction, you can afford to raise your thermostat a few degrees. That helps you reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption in the summer without compromising on comfort.
How to Change Ceiling Fan Direction
Changing the direction of your ceiling fan is easy. Just follow the steps below:
- Shut off the fan and wait until the blades completely stop spinning.
- Flip the switch located at the base in the opposite direction.
- Turn on the fan and stand under it. If it’s spinning counterclockwise, you should feel a cool breeze on your skin.
Changing ceiling fan direction helps you stay comfortable as well as save energy throughout the cooling months. If you need help with any home comfort issues, don’t hesitate to contact us at Beyer Boys. We’ve been proudly serving the San Antonio area with quality air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).