Oh and while we’re on the subject, keep in mind some of the peculiarities of a ceiling fan: don’t forget to dust it at least once a year. And don’t forget about the directional spinning. There’s a tiny switch on the side of your fan that you’ve maybe never noticed: During the summer the fan should be blowing cool air down, keeping you cool, spinning in a counter- clockwise direction; during the winter it should run more slowly and clockwise, pulling cool air up keeping you warmer. Depending on your fan, the switch will be up or down to reflect its direction.

So twice a year – the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter – you should plan to dust the blades and switch the direction of your fan.