What does the direction on a ceiling fan switch do?

The ceiling fan direction switch, also known as the reverse switch, alters the rotation direction of the fan blades. Ceiling fans generally feature two blade rotation options:

  • Clockwise rotation (forward): Blades rotate clockwise when viewed from below. This setting is ideal for the winter or heating season. Clockwise rotation creates an updraft, pushing warm air near the ceiling down into the room, improving heat distribution and reducing heating costs.
  • Counterclockwise rotation (reverse): Blades rotate counterclockwise when viewed from below. This setting is suitable for the summer or cooling season. Counterclockwise rotation creates a downdraft, producing a breeze that makes you feel cooler without changing the room temperature.

The fan’s direction switch enables you to easily switch between these settings based on the season and your comfort preferences.