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Preparing Ceiling Fans for Spring and Summer Is a Breeze

If you have ceiling fans in your home, chances are they have been rarely used (if at all) over the long winter. But with the weather growing more and more mild, now is the perfect time to get yours ready for use again.

Spring Maintenance of Ceiling Fans

First, it's probably time to clean your fans. This task is usually not very popular because it seems like a real pain. It can be difficult to properly clean them without uncomfortably dusting over your own head and getting dust and debris all over you and in the air. So here's a quick tip:

Fan blade cleaning tip

Cleaning Fans - A Quick Tip
Simply take an old pillowcase, slide it on the blade, and slide it off--all the debris goes right into the case! Dust that hasn't been touched in a while can be stubborn, so we recommend spritzing a few sprays of furniture cleaner inside the case first. You can throw the whole case in the laundry when you're done. (If you use dust clothes and haven't cleaned them in a while, you might as well do a whole load of cleaning clothes, that way you'll have fresh ones to use and won't be spreading allergens around during your spring cleaning).

Proper Winter/Summer Fan Settings
Next, it is time to change the direction that your fan spins. Yes, you can change the direction! There is a toggle switch on the base. One direction is for summer and one is for winter--yes, I said winter! Did you know that you could have used your fan in the winter to make a room feel warmer? It's true! In the winter, the blades should turn clockwise. Because warm air rises and gets trapped near the ceiling, the ceiling fan in this direction circulates the warm air from the ceiling to the floor helping take the chill out of the air. A ceiling fan’s direction in the summer should be rotating counter clockwise or forward, which produces a chilling effect by the downward airflow.

How to Reduce Energy Consumption
Did you know you can actually decrease your energy consumption in the summer by using a ceiling fan? The correct ceiling fan, operating in conjunction with your air conditioning system, and following a few simple to remember tips, will result in lower energy use overall.

For example, many air conditioning systems run roughly at 3500 watts. A typical ceiling fan runs at 60 watts. By adjusting your thermostat and operating your ceiling fan blades in the appropriate direction, you’ll keep air moving, feel cooler, and the air conditioning will run less often.

This 2 minute video provides some simple tips about effective ceiling fan usage.

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And that's it! Now your fan is clean, properly set, and ready to use. Stay cool and refreshed all season long!