Remember Your Fans When It Comes to Spring Cleaning

Remember Your Fans When It Comes to Spring Cleaning

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As a Maryland homeowner, the recent arrival of spring means many things. Of course, it means that winter has come and gone, which is a welcome relief for many people. Along with improved weather comes the opportunity to get outside and enjoy different recreational activities, and warm spring days will cause many to look ahead to the fast-approaching summer months.

Cleaning is something that is also attached to the arrival of spring, as many people use this time of year as an opportunity to reset after a long winter indoors. Whether that means cleaning inside of the house or out, this is a popular period for checking chores off of the to-do list. If you are the type that likes to get into the spring cleaning routine, remember to check on your fans as you work your way through the house.

Take a Quick Review

It should only take a few minutes to track down all of your fans and give them a visual inspection. Are the blades noticeably dirty? It is common for dust to accumulate on the blades of an inactive fan, meaning it would be a good idea to clean that fan before pressing it into service. If you fail to clean the fan before you use it, the end result will be blowing those dust particles all around your home. Needless to say, that is not what you want to be doing.

When you find fans that need to be cleaned, whether they are ceiling fans, box fans, or any other model with a blade, the job is pretty simple. First, make sure the fan is turned off and the power cord is unplugged. If possible, take the blades off of the fan to clean them with some soapy water. With all of the dust removed and the blades dried, you can replace them and move on to another project.

Hidden Fans

If you are thinking only about the fans that you use to cool down on a hot summer day, you are certainly forgetting about some of the fans that regularly operate in your house. Specifically, you almost certainly have bathroom exhaust fans, as well as a kitchen exhaust fan. You might not think of these often, but they need to be cleaned just the same.

Since these are likely hardwired into your home rather than plugged into a wall, it is important to turn off the relevant breaker before doing any work. Then, with the breaker off, you can proceed with cleaning the fan in accordance with the instructions in the owner’s manual. If the fan has a filter, make sure to either clean it or replace it.

You don’t want to fire up the fans that have been sitting dormant in your home without first preparing them for action. In the big picture of spring cleaning projects, this is a pretty easy one. Remember, be careful as you work on this project, make sure all fans are off and disconnected from power, and refer to the owner’s manual for help.