This Weekend: Spruce Up This Spot in Your Home That Probably Never Gets Cleaned (But Totally Should)

This Weekend: Spruce Up This Spot in Your Home That Probably Never Gets Cleaned (But Totally Should)

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 18, 2015
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If you've got them, then you know that around this time of year (for those experiencing summer), these objects are in near-continual operation and blend and blur into the background of your home. But these objects are often harboring a lot of dirt and grime thanks to being a bit out of reach. This weekend: Consider giving your ceiling fans some attention. Dust them, inspect them and get them working their most efficient (your rooms will be cooler — and cleaner — for it)!

This Weekend's Assignment:

Look up at your ceiling fans to clean, inspect and get them working their most efficiently

Whether you have one or many, chances are your fans haven't been cleaned in awhile. They might be wobbling or making noise and driving you a little crazy. You might not even be using them for one of the reasons mentioned! If you've got them, ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home's interiors cooler this summer, and they deserve some attention to stay working their best. Tackle this task in three easy steps:

1.) Clean it!

Your fans may be caked in dust and dirt. Not only is that unsightly (and who wants all that dust flying when the blades are spinning?!) but a lot of dust and grime on a fan's blades can actually cut down on a fan's air flow, making it less efficient.

When it comes to cleaning fans, there's a smart and easy wayHow to Clean Your Ceiling Fan The Easy Way

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2. Check for wobbling and noise

But you can do more than just dust a fan to keep it working in tip-top shape. Does your fan wobble or make a whole lot of noise? Wobbling can happen when either the blades are unbalanced (something that happens over time) or when blades get warped. You can buy balancing kits online or a hardware store, and handy folks can try replacing warped blades themselves (but because your fan is electrical, please only do things you're comfortable with and knowledgeable on, and safety first!). Noise might also be happening thanks to loose parts, so climb up on a sturdy step stool with a screw driver and tighten any loose screws that you see.

3. Make sure the switch is in the correct position for your climate

Ceiling fans have switches on them that control the direction of the fan blades — and whether or not they help keep your rooms cooler or warmer. If you've been feeling like your fans aren't doing anything to help keep your rooms cooler, check this switch to make sure it's in the right position!

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do!

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Last weekend we asked folks to liven up their outdoor living spaces, and we were delighted by some of the photos people shared on Instagram:

Instagram user ktgillighan made a DIY bench with wood and concrete blocks for a perfect resting spot on a porch.

(Image credit: Instagram user jaechavis)

Instagram user jaechavis cleaned up a garden bed to be the perfect visual companion to a cozy outdoor patio seating spot.

Instagram user eszter.kntr took to the railing of their balcony for adding plant life, instead of taking up valuable real estate in a small outdoor area.

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