Everyone can agree that using a ceiling fan can really help keep our living areas cooler in the summer months but are you aware that a ceiling fan can also be beneficial in helping keep rooms warmer in the cooler winter months. For the fan to help during the heating season you will need to reverse the direction of the fan.
Why Use Reverse Mode When It's Cold Outside?
Cold air is more dense than warm air. Therefore, during the winter months the cold air, being heavier than warm air, settles at the floor level of our homes. This forces the hot air upwards, which becomes trapped against our ceilings where it does no good for comfort. A ceiling fan will bring this warm air back down to the living level of our homes, thus helping our rooms to feel noticeably warmer and more comfortable. For this to be effective the fan must be used in reverse mode.
In Short - For Winter
A ceiling fan should operate clockwise when used in the winter mode. This is commonly referred to as the reverse direction. In most instances, it should only be necessary to use the low speed setting in this mode. This is because you do not want to create any wind-chill into the room. By reversing the fan so that it directs airflow upward, and then using the lowest setting, the feel of wind-chill is usually not present.