Using a ceiling fan during the summer months can keep you feeling cool and comfortable, but running your Hunter fan during the winter can also help to keep the heat in your home from heading straight out the roof. Changing the direction the fan spins will change the way air is circulated throughout your home--either making it feel warmer or cooler.
Your Hunter ceiling fan is equipped with a small switch that changes the spin of the blades from clockwise to counter-clockwise. Regardless of the make or model of your ceiling fan, this switch is typically located on the center motor housing where the fan blades are attached. If your fan can be operated by remote control, you will likely find buttons on the remote itself that will allow you to change the direction of the blades without climbing up onto a chair or ladder.
Ceiling Fan Blades
All ceiling fan blades are pitched. The pitch of a fan blade refers to the angle that it is tilted. Because fan manufacturers do not adhere to a standard where pitch is concerned, the blades on your ceiling fan may be tilted to either the left or the right. This also means that there is no set standard for which direction your fan should spin for summer or for winter. It depends on the blade pitch--a fan with blades that tilt to the left will need to be set in the opposite direction of a fan with blades that tilt to the right to achieve the same effect.
Set your Hunter fan to run clockwise during the winter months. Since warm air rises, the air near the ceiling will be the warmest air in your home. Setting your Hunter ceiling fan to spin in a clockwise direction will push the warmer air across the ceiling and back down the walls to circulate near the floor. Not only will you feel the difference, you will also cut down on heating costs because you will be less likely to turn up the heat.
During the summer, set your Hunter ceiling fan blades to spin in a counter-clockwise direction. This will push the cool air down and allow even slight perspiration from your skin to evaporate. You’ll feel cooler and less likely to turn up the air conditioning. You will know you have your fan running properly for summer if you can feel a cool breeze when you stand directly under it.
The length of the blades on your ceiling fan will determine how large of a space your fan can effectively circulate the air. If you’ve set your fan to spin in the proper direction for the season and still find that running your fan doesn’t seem to affect how warm or cool your home feels, your fan may not be the right size for the room it’s installed in.