How can I tell which way it is spinning? Stand under it and look up at the spinning blades. Make sure you have some space above your head so it doesn't whack you. Use the lowest speed setting so you can actually tell which way the blades are going. Here’s why I recommend using the ceiling fan and reversing it for different seasons.
Summer - Counter-Clockwise
- When spinning counter-clockwise, the fan blows air down on the area covered by the fan.
- This creates a draft that makes you feel about 4-6 degrees cooler by making your perspiration evaporate more.
- Making you feel cooler, you can set your thermostat for the air conditioner a few degrees higher, which save electric usage on the utility bill.
- A ceiling fan uses less electricity than the air conditioner and furnace (yes, the furnace blower is running in the summer to move the cool air through the house).
Winter - Clockwise
- When spinning clockwise, the fan pulls the air UP from the area right under it.
- Pulling air UP in winter helps because heat rises, so guess where there is more heat? On the floor or along the ceiling? Pulling the cooler air up better combines it with the warm air, when it is circulated down along the walls.
- Use the slowest speed, you want to circulate the air, now create a draft that will make you feel chilled.
- A ceiling fan uses less electricity and natural than it takes your large furnace to keep you warm.
Anyway, just wanted to share some thoughts on how you can save some too... it has worked well for me.