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Care and Feeding of a Ceiling Fan

How to clean your ceiling fan before doing the seasonal rotation switch...

Raise your hand if you know which direction you ceiling fan should run during hot weather, and which direction is best for cold weather? Not sure? Don't worry, we'll tell you.

Ann Sheehan returns with this breezy post about ceiling fans. Get out your stepstool, winter is coming and there is an important task that needs done.

Thanks for reading!       by Julie Baka
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I love to have the smell of the fresh outdoors inside of my home. I am fortunate in that I live in an area with four distinct seasons, and I am really lucky in that I have no problems with allergies. This means I am able to keep my windows open quite often and let the fresh air in. Ceiling fans help to circulate this fresh air throughout the house.

Ceiling fans are also an asset when the seasons require the windows to be closed. But which direction should the fan turn? Rather than get confused over clockwise and counterclockwise, instead pay attention to the air movement...

In the hot summer months you want the ceiling fan to push air straight down at you. This is just like any fan in the summer. The air blowing past you helps cool you off and make things more comfortable.

In the cold months it is the opposite. In the winter switch the fan direction so it does not blow directly on to you. So why turn the ceiling fan on at all in the winter? Believe it or not, doing so will save money and make your house more comfortable. Here's why.

Warm air rises, so during the winter months your house is warmer up at the ceiling than it is at the floor. Running the ceiling fan to push air upwards stirs up the the warmer air at the ceiling level and gently moves it down into the room. This helps to keep the room more comfortable, helps the furnace to work more efficiently, and helps save money on the heating bill. A definite win-win situation!

Because I often have the windows open, I try to give the ceiling fans a quick once over and light dusting about every month. I turn on each fan, check to make sure it is running smoothly and not making any whining noises, and then turn it off. I have a broom-like tool purchased from a local discount store that is specifically designed for dusting ceiling fans. It is lightweight, has a long handle, and the end of it is shaped to fit around the fan blade. This gadget makes this a relatively easy chore.

ceiling fan on blue background

 

Because I often have the windows open, I try to give the ceiling fans a quick once over and light dusting about every month. I turn on each fan, check to make sure it is running smoothly and not making any whining noises, and then turn it off. I have a broom-like tool purchased from a local discount store that is specifically designed for dusting ceiling fans. It is lightweight, has a long handle, and the end of it is shaped to fit around the fan blade. This gadget makes this a relatively easy chore.

Then once a year, usually right before the Holidays, I do a thorough cleaning of all of the ceiling fans. Why I do this rather time-consuming chore during the fall is two-fold. The first is obvious - company is coming soon and there is a good chance we will be cooped up inside of the house. The second reason is because when I flip the switch on the ceiling fans to the cold-weather "blowing up" position, the first blast of air up against the ceiling knocks loose all the accumulated dust and cobwebs - not a pleasant experience.

When getting the ceiling fans ready for the cold winter months I first do my regular dusting, but then I go a step further. I get out the step ladder and closely inspect each fan. I take a can of compressed air and spray the motor. I use a screw driver to tighten any screws that might have come loose. I change any lightbulbs that have burnt out. Then I take a bucket of warm water and gently wash the entire ceiling fan.

I love, love, love a ceiling fan. To the point where I have one in almost every room in my house!

 

 

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