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Which Way Should My Fan Turn During the Summer?

Modern dark wood ceiling fan in home

If you’re looking to add an extra layer of cool to your humble abode this summer, you may want to consider using your ceiling fan (in addition to your air conditioner). These wonderful airborne gadgets circulate the air in a room, keeping you comfortable on the hottest of days.

However, to fully reap the benefits of your ceiling fan, you may want to perform some quick maintenance on it, first:

How to Keep Cool With a Ceiling Fan

Clean Your Fan

One of the most essential pieces of the ceiling fan puzzle are the blades. Typically made from wood, these long panels rotate to give you the breeze you’re looking for — however, they tend to get dusty rather quickly.

Therefore, to help your ceiling fan run smoothly and lessen the chance of bogging down your indoor air quality, make sure to give each blade a thorough cleaning. Once complete, you’ll want to wipe down the lighting bowl (if your fan has one that is open at one side) to ensure that your fan is as clean as possible.

After that, it’s time to make sure that your ceiling fan is spinning the correct direction for summer!

Change the Direction of the Fan

Now, when it comes to reaping the ultimate benefit of staying cool, you’ll want your ceiling fan to spin in a counterclockwise direction. Having the blades rotate this way will help move the air around the room and keep you comfortable in the long run. The best part? If you also have your air conditioner on, the fan will help spread that cold air it produces — which is a win-win for any homeowner!

Are You Relying on Your Ceiling Fan Because Your Central AC is Broken?

If you live in Bridgeport, Fairfield, or the surrounding areas, finding an HVAC technician you can trust can be tough. Give the Tri-City Heating and Cooling team a call at (203) 303-5700, and we’ll lend a helping hand!