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How to Clean a Ceiling Fan

Your Guide to a Healthy Ceiling Fan and Family


Keeping your ceiling fan clean and dust free is important. Not only does this ensure a long life for your fan, but it also makes the air in your home cleaner and safer for your family. Dust is one of the main culprits of a wobbly ceiling fan. Let’s be honest, no cleaning job is the same. We’ve compiled the best tips and tricks for dusting and cleaning below, including how to clean a fan on a high ceiling. Always be safe, whenever you work on your fan make sure the breaker is turned off.


Looking for a ceiling fan that is easy to maintain dust-free? Many Hunter ceiling fans include Dust Armor, a coating that repels dust from building up on the fan blades, ensuring a clean fan and home.



How to Dust a Fan on a Standard Ceiling



Step Ladder




For this video, we used a Craftmade Mia ceiling fan


If your fan is located on a regular ceiling, ranging from 8 - 10 ft., use a step ladder to reach the ceiling fan and use the steps below:


  1. Use an old pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan blades.Use a pillowcase to wipe down the canopy, downrod, and motor housing. The pillowcase will capture any excess dust.
  2. Slide the pillowcase over a fan blade, then press gently against the blade, and pull the pillowcase back. Repeat until all blades are clean.
  3. Shake the old pillowcase outside before washing in warm water.


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Why Choose an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

What to Consider when Choosing an Outdoor Fan


What is better than sitting on your porch swing with a cold glass of smooth iced tea? Swinging on your porch sipping cold iced tea under the cool breeze of an outdoor ceiling fan. There are some important factors to think about when buying outdoor ceiling fans. If you're looking for an affordable, quality fan check out our huge outdoor ceiling fan selection. Take your time and feel out all your options. Once you find an outdoor ceiling fan you love, you can use our guide How to Install a Ceiling Fan to help with your install. But first let’s explain the difference between an indoor fan and an exterior fan.

What's the difference between indoor and outdoor ceiling fans? 

If you’re considering using an indoor fan for your outdoor space, please know outdoor ceiling fans are built to withstand the harsh exterior elements that interior fans often can't handle. Here's the difference.


Indoor vs Outdoor ceiling fan info


What are the different kinds of outdoor ceiling fans?


There are a few different types of outdoor fans. You have to factor the location of where you will be installing the ceiling fan. All ceiling fans have Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Dry, Damp or Wet ratings to help you buy an outdoor ceiling fan.


How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for Your Home

Your Definitive Guide to Choosing Your Next Fan

A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for summer. Whether you’re a first-time ceiling fan buyer or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse and help you choose the right fan for your home.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Your Home Infographic

Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting 101

Helpful Tips and Solutions to Common Fan Problems


Over the years, we've encountered our fair share of ceiling fan troubles, but we've learned from our experiences and want to share with you what we've discovered along the way. We've compiled our best ceiling fan troubleshooting tips to help you identify and fix the most common ceiling fan problems. As always, use caution when working on your ceiling fan and turn the power off at the circuit breaker box to prevent any injuries.

Common Ceiling Fan Problems

Click on the links below to determine the cause of a ceiling fan problem and how to fix it:


Ceiling Fan is Not Working

Ceiling Fan is Wobbling

Ceiling Fan is Noisy

Ceiling Fan Speeds are Not Working

Fan Light Kit is Not Working

Ceiling Fan is Not Reversing

Ceiling Fan is Turning On/Off

Ceiling Fan has Airflow Issues


If your ceiling fan will not start, use the steps below to determine cause of the problem:


Ceiling Fan Is Not Working

What is the Proper Ceiling Fan Direction?

Discover the Correct Fan Direction for Max Comfort and Savings


Ceiling fans are often regarded as a summertime staple, but did you know a ceiling fan also comes in handy during the fall and winter months? By setting your ceiling fan to spin in the correct direction during the summer and winter seasons, you can adjust the thermostat by a few degrees and give your air conditioner or heating unit a much needed break. Adjusting your thermostat by one degree can save you as much as two percent on utility bills. Here's how you can make sure your ceiling fan is set in the right direction and start saving.


Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer & Winter Video


Counterclockwise Fan Direction for Cool Summer Savings
Summer Ceiling Fan Direction

In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise (the blades should move from the top to the left, then down to the right, and back to the top). to push cool air down. This evaporates perspiration, creating a cooling wind chill effect, and makes a room feel up to eight degrees cooler without changing the temperature in the room.


For example, if the temperature in a room is 80 degrees, a ceiling fan set to rotate in a counterclockwise direction will make the room feel 72 degrees. This allows you to set the air conditioner thermostat at a higher temperature without forgoing comfort. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the summer save as much as 40 percent on air conditioning bills.


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