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Ceiling fan rotation

Bill_HBill_H Posts: 1Member
As a result of the raging blizzard going on here in northern Wis we lost our power but it has since come back on. The three large ceiling fans in the great-room need to be restarted but I cannot recall the rotation for winter heating; clockwise or counter clockwise?  I await you answer and Merry Christmas...Bill Herhold, Taco, Inc. (Retired)

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  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Posts: 5,843Member
    Mine, as viewed from looking up....

    would want to spin CCW, to force the air down. Yours might be different, but in any case, you want it to force the air in a downward motion to break up the stratified air.



    Mery Christmas to you and yours.



    ME
    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Jim BennettJim Bennett Posts: 607Member
    I was told...

    that in the winter, you want the fan in the center of the room pulling upward, causing the warm air to flow across the ceiling and fall down the outside walls.



    Opposite in the summer. But I suppose it is just as effective in either direction as long as you break up the stratified air.



    jim
    Jim Bennett
  • Charlie from wmassCharlie from wmass Posts: 4,070Member
    here we go

    Science agrees with Mark but most people do it as Jim does as the breeze makes people feel colder even though it is making them warmer. Same in the summer the breeze blowing on people makes them think they are getting cooler but the truth is the fan drawing in summer and blowing in winter is how the science works. Ask the Mrs. and do as she says is the best answer. Merry christmas and hope you keep warm.
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  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Posts: 5,843Member
    edited December 2009
    I was always taught....

    that you need to force the hot air down in order to break up the stratification. Think high ceiling commercial warehouse application.Residentially, I don't think it really matters what direction the fan spins, unless you have exceptionally high ceilings, in which case you would want to force the heat down.Homogonization is the key to avoiding stratification, regardless of the direction of air flow.Actually, radiant floor heating is the key to avoiding stratification. :-)ME
    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • DavidK_2DavidK_2 Posts: 124Member
    My Mrs

    Likes the fan to blow down in the summer, and not at all in the winter. YMMV
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