Often considered as a good companion to air conditioners and nothing more, ceiling fans are more beneficial than people suppose. Having ceiling fans installed in and outside your home certainly has its advantages and even throughout the entire year. With so many styles, textures, and colors, ceiling fans can be a nice addition to any room. We at Burley Electrical Services would like to share the seasonal benefits of ceiling fans and proper cleaning maintenance tips.
Ceiling Fan Direction Switch Up or Down for Summer & Winter
Make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counter-clockwise during the spring and especially the summer. To push air down, the leading edges of the fan blade should be pointing up. For increased benefits, be sure invest in ceiling fans that are energy efficient. Ensure that any outdoor ceiling fans ideal for the deck, porches, and outdoor living area are UL rating for damp or wet locations.
Advantages of Installing Ceiling Fans
1) To save up to 40% on air conditioning operating costs, use a ceiling fan in the warm months. They do not produce cool air, but better distribute the cool air dispersed from the A/C to ease the burden of the unit.
2) Ceiling fans offer more circulation that help eliminate the stuffy air and helps avoid sweaty necks.
3) Help maintain cooler homes and help significantly reduce air conditioning operating costs.
4) Ceiling fans can help ease the suffering during those hot months in the event the A/C takes a dive.
5) Reduce the fly population with the constant moving breeze created by the fan.
Do Ceiling Fans Really Help in the Winter?
Fan blades should be rotating clockwise during fall and winter as it helps push the warm air down. To push the warm back down, the leading edges of the fan blade should be pointing down. Winter ceiling fan benefits:
1) Reduce energy costs by about 15%.
2) Avoid winter clutter by reducing the need for space heaters and excessive blankets.
3) Keep the air fresh and circulating.
Ceiling Fan Cleaning
Ceiling fans need to be cleaned to keep them well operating and protect their longevity. It is good to keep them free of dust as they participate in controlling air circulation. Contributing allergies and sinus infections as the dust settles in, the dust mites emerge. Cleaning steps:
Be sure to clean the ceiling fans at least once every 3 months, but the more often the better.
1) If kids and multiple people are in the home, take a safety precaution and tape down the off switch for the ceiling fan.
2) Place old sheets on any furniture that is set under a ceiling fan for easy cleanup. Consider protecting furniture that include is twice as wide as the blades.
3) Wipe away the bulk of the dust with a feather duster, or dry cloth.
4) For a deeper clean combine 2 TBS of distilled white vinegar and the rest of the space with water. Spray the solution on the cloth and wipe down each blade, front and back.
5) Use a cotton dry cloth to polish and dry the blades once you have cleaned.