Ceiling Fan Direction

Using a Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan in winter

Although it may sound odd, there are some ceiling fans which are designed to stand up to winter elements. Can you really use a ceiling fan outside during the winter, you may ask? The answer is yes. Ceiling fans are designed to spin both clockwise and counter-clockwise, to go along with the seasons. Outdoor fans often allow this reversible motion, which can be changed depending upon the season. Also, some outdoor fans also allow the owner to change the angle of the blades when the season changes as well.

Not all models of fans support reverse operations, so the homeowner needs to be aware of this when purchasing a ceiling fan. If the fan only operates in one mode, then it operates in a counter-clockwise mode and it is useable in the summer months but not the winter months. The clockwise function is the one to be used in winter months, because it will move warm air around in those months. When operating in the clockwise mode, the fan will move warm air around as opposed to cooling. With heat more evenly spread, heating the home becomes more efficient and less costly on the energy bill.

Using a Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan in summer

In the summer months, the fan should be put into the counter-clockwise mode. This pushes air down from the ceiling, and produces a cooler flow of air around the room. Using a ceiling fan, whether in winter or summer can help to lower your energy bill by as much as 15-20 percent, so it's worth it!

Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Direction
A ceiling fan should run counter-clockwise in summer

Using a ceiling fan is often more energy efficient than using an air conditioner. When used in conjunction with an air conditioner, the energy usage for the fan is minimal as compared to the air conditioner. This is why some home owners, instead of having costly central AC installed, decide to opt for a low cost solution of a few ceiling fans positioned in strategic locations throughout the home.