The direction in which your ceiling fan should turn depends on the season and the desired effect you want to achieve. In the summer, you want to create a cool breeze that makes you feel more comfortable, while in the winter, you want to circulate warm air from your heating system to keep your room warm.
During the summer, your ceiling fan should turn counterclockwise or forward, which means that the blades rotate in a counterclockwise direction when you look up at the fan. This creates a downdraft that moves air downward, creating a breeze that helps to cool your skin through evaporative cooling.
During the winter, your ceiling fan should turn clockwise or reverse, which means that the blades rotate in a clockwise direction when you look up at the fan. This creates an updraft that moves air upward, which helps to circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling and distribute it evenly throughout the room. This can help you feel warmer and save on your heating costs.
Most ceiling fans have a switch on the motor housing that allows you to change the direction of the fan. If you’re not sure which way your fan is turning, stand under the fan and look up. If you feel a breeze, the fan is turning counterclockwise (forward) for summer mode. If you don’t feel a breeze, turn off the fan and change the direction switch to reverse (clockwise) for winter mode.