Conventional wisdom seems to indicate “down in the summer” to blow air onto you (even though I can’t really feel the air unless I’m right under the fan) and “up in the winter” to keep the warm air (which has risen to the ceiling) circulating.
I’m not so sure, though. In my two key rooms (living room and bedroom), we have window AC units and ceiling fans. It almost seems like if your fan is blowing down, then you are keeping the cool air at the floor. Of course cool/warm air separation doesn’t really work that nicely.
And in the winter, it seems like having a ceiling fan on low in “forward” would move the warm air trapped at the ceiling back down to a usable level.
What do you think is a more efficient method of getting cool air fully integrated into the actual 6 feet of the room that I use (well, more like 5’5", but some of my guests are 6 feet)?
For the purposes of discussion,
down = forward = the way you can stick your finger into the fan without serious injury
up = reverse = the way your finger will get chopped off if you stick it into the fan