Ceiling fans can reduce both cooling and heating expense. In the summer months, ceiling fans only use a fraction of the energy that a central air conditioning unit or even a window unit uses. By circulating air in a room, ceiling fans create a wind chill type effect. Moisture on your skin evaporates quicker allowing you to feel cooler even though the temperature in the room has not changed.
Maintaining your ceiling fan to keep it running smoothly will extend the longevity of the fan as well as reducing your utility bills.
Ceiling fans can also be used in the winter. A switch on the side of most ceiling fans or on a remote control device allows you to change the direction that the ceiling fan blades rotate. For the warmer months, the blades should rotate in the counterclockwise direction. For the winter months, the blades should be switched to the clockwise direction. Use a low speed to help circulate warm air in the room.
Wobbling ceiling fans are one of the most common problems. Wobbling may be the result of an error in the initial installation when the weight of each of the blades is not matched. Wobbling can also be caused by the spinning and vibration of a ceiling fan shaking the blades loose. If you have a wobbling ceiling fan, follow these steps:
Noisy ceiling fans can be annoying. If you experience a noisy ceiling fan, follow these steps:
Cleaning a ceiling fan helps to ensure optimal performance and extends longevity. Dust build-up can reduce airflow to the motor causing it to run too hot and potentially burn out. Dust can also prevent the fan from working efficiently. Follow these steps to clean your ceiling fan every two months:
Ceiling fans can be both a useful and elegant feature of your home. Maintain them to make them last and to save money.
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