Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

Which way -wise/

"For optimum efficiency, run the ceiling fan counter-clockwise during the summer and clockwise during the winter."

Ok, but is that as I'm looking up at the fan or if I'm looking down at it?
Permalink  
January 3rd, 2006
Wow, ambiguity everywhere.

I would think that "counter-clockwise" is when you are looking UP at the fan from the ground.

And surely it depends on the 'slant' of the blades. A more helpful direction would be to "run the fan so that it blows air toward the ceiling in the summer (cold air tends to fall) and blows air toward the floor in the winter (hot air tends to stay on the ceiling).

Personally, I find a fan that 'blows down' to be much more refreshing, summer or winter. Usually this gives higher velocity of air in the room where I'm standing -- namely mostly under the blades. So I get a cool breeze in the summer, and a warm draft in the winter.

And the temperature of the air in the room equalizes similarly whether blown up or down.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 3rd, 2006
A more useful instruction would be "Turn the switch down in the summer and up in the winter." But I'm sure the OP could confuse that too. :)
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 3rd, 2006
Clearly the fan blows downwards during summer. Take it from there.
Permalink Mr. Powers 
January 3rd, 2006
>> A more useful instruction would be "Turn the switch down in the summer and up in the winter." But I'm sure the OP could confuse that too. :) <<

The direction switch on my ceiling fans sits sideways. :-)
Permalink example 
January 3rd, 2006
Allan > the objective in winter would be to create a down draft along the walls / radiators so that the warm air get distributed over the floor. Ergo, suckage in the winter, blowage in the summer.
That is how airflow is designed to go in appartments in sweden anyway.

=)
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 3rd, 2006
Is there also a "Don't stick your head too close to the blades - not you'd notice if your head were chopped off anyway, moron" warning label on the ceiling fan?
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 3rd, 2006
Wait a second ...

In the winter hot air rises to the ceiling, so the fan should blow the hot air down, since that's where the people are, right?

In the summer the cold air is at the floor, so other than the feel of moving air, what difference does direction matter?
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January 3rd, 2006
Just a guess-
In the summer, a breeze feels good, so the fan blows down, mixing the air and evening the temps.
In the winter, drafts feel cold; so the fan blows up, circulating the air with less direct "breeze"

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 4th, 2006

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