Do Ceiling Fans Help If You are Not in the Room?

Everyone knows ceiling fans are great for cooling you off on a hot day, but what if you're not right underneath the fan? A ceiling fan doesn't actually cool the air in a room; instead, it manipulates air flow.

To Feel Cooler

Ceiling fans help regulate the air flow in a roomCeiling fans help regulate the air flow in a room
There's even a difference in the way you should use your ceiling fan at different times of the year. If you want to keep your fan on, think about how it works.

When it's hot outside, you want cool air to blow down and cool you off. To make your ceiling fan work this way, make sure the blades are spinning counter-clockwise. If they aren't, get a ladder and hit the reverse switch. The blades grab air from around the room and force it downward quickly, creating a nice breeze.

To Feel Warmer

In the winter, you probably don't want the same blast of cool air that you wanted in the summertime. Hit the reverse switch again, and set it on low speed. Make sure your fan blades are spinning clockwise. All the warm air that rose to the ceiling when the fan was off is now sucked down and dispersed throughout the room, warming it up.

When You're Not in the Room

Though it might cost energy to keep the fan on, turning it off when you leave the room stops the air flow. If you stop the air flow, all the hot air will rise and the cooler air will settle. If you're leaving the room but coming right back, leave the fan on. If you're leaving for more than a few minutes, turn the fan off to avoid wasting energy.

One More Reason

One reason to keep the fan blowing is it deters mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have trouble flying in even light breezes, so having a ceiling fan circulating air inside a room makes it difficult for these pesky bugs to fly around and land on you.

About the Author

Desdemona Delacroix has been working as a freelance author in her spare time since 2000, writing short do-it-yourself and current events articles. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Maryland University College, and she occasionally offers tutoring services in writing to undergraduate college students.