Old Style Ceiling Fan With Light - What exactly is the reason for having a reverse button on ceiling fans? Well "they," say that you aren't able to stand a draft during winter months, but that you are able to equalize the air temperature through the use of your fan in the reverse way. I wondered why the older ceiling fans did not get a reverse button. The individuals who designed those fans, simply too ignorant to think of used reverse in winter?
During winter, when you utilize the central heating system, the warm air coming from the registers, in each room, will naturally rise and because the registers are up high already, the hot air will build at the ceiling level and gradually work its way down toward floor amount. Until the temperature is comfortable at the low levels of the rooms, the heating unit runs. However, by the time this happens, it will be very hot at the ceiling level.
However, imagine if there was a way to get this hot air down to the low levels where we live. The heating unit wouldn't need to work long as well as the savings on our utility bill could be substantial. The temperature would essentially equalize at floor and ceiling levels, which means that the heat wouldn't be wasted keeping the ceilings warm.
But then someone said that the draft developed by the ceiling fans could be too much for winter months. So someone else said "well, let us simply turn the ceiling fans and allow the air blow up until it hits the ceiling and then it is going to go horizontal in most ways until it hits the walls. Until it hits the floor, then it'll come down. Now it then back up to the ceiling fan and will go, toward the center of the area, back in at floor level.