It’s Time To Rotate Your Ceiling Fans
If you’re not rotating your ceiling fans, it’s time to start. If you need ceiling fans repaired, rewired or installed, call SESCOS today.
Are Your Ceiling Fans Ready for Summer?
Ceiling fans can keep your home comfortable, conserve energy and slash your electric bill. To get all the benefits of your ceiling fans, it’s important to know some basic maintenance, including:
- Why you should change their rotation.
- How to keep them clean.
- How to keep them working properly.
- Who to call if you need help on the electrical side.
Why You Should Rotate Your Fan
If you’re already rotating the direction of your ceiling fans every season, you’re doing the right thing. If you’re not, here’s why you need to start.
In cold weather, you want ceiling fans to move clockwise to push warm air away from the ceiling and down into the room.
In summer, they should turn counterclockwise. This moves cool air around the room and produces a cooling breeze. Cool breezes help perspiration evaporate and create a windchill effect. You’ll feel comfortable, even if the temperature hasn’t changed.
It’s Easy To Do
Most modern ceiling fans have remote controls that allow you to change the fan direction at the touch of a button. It might be marked “reverse” or “direction.”
If your ceiling fans are older, you must make the adjustment manually. First, turn the fan off. Second, use a ladder to reach the toggle switch. It’s usually located on the fan’s motor above the blades.
A Fan for All Seasons
Is your ceiling fan suitable for every season? Not all ceiling fans are designed for year-round use. You’ll know yours is good for every season if it has certain features:
- Forward and reverse directions.
- At least three blades.
- Variable speed settings.
- Energy-saving features for daily use.
- Heavy-duty fan blades.
- Quiet motor.
If your ceiling fans lack these features or they’re too old to give you all the benefits you need, talk to SESCOS about installing new, energy-saving ceiling fans.
Keeping Your Fans Clean
Ceiling fans can collect dust, debris, and dead bugs. Keep them working in peak condition by keeping them clean. Here are some ways to get them sparkling.
Use a pillowcase: An old pillowcase is a fast, easy way to clean your blades. First, turn off the fans. Second, use a stool or ladder to reach the blades. Slide the pillowcase over each fan blade, and then remove the case slowly. The dust will collect inside the bag. Once the blades are clean, throw the case away.
Use a long-handled duster: A long-handled duster makes quick work of your ceiling fan cleanup. You won’t even need a step stool or ladder to wipe the blades.
Regular Maintenance of Your Ceiling Fans
Keep those blades spinning with regularly scheduled care of your fans. Once or twice a year, perform these routine checks and repairs on your fans.
Tighten the screws: If your fan rattles and shakes, it may literally have a screw loose. The rattling should stop once you tighten everything.
Clean the motor and housing: Wipe them clean using soft rags.
Lubricate the motor and bearings: Lubrication keeps your fan running smoothly. New ceiling fans never require oiling, but older models need this extra step. Consider installing new, maintenance-free fans if you prefer to skip this step.
Get Help for Ceiling Fan Problems
Are your ceiling fans out of balance, shaking, or rattling? If you can’t figure out what the problem is, call SESCOS. Our expert technicians can solve your ceiling fan troubles or install new ones. We’ll help you keep your cool all summer.