When a ceiling fan is operating in the cooling mode, you should be able to stand beneath it and see the fan blades moving in a counter-clockwise direction. This forces air down onto us, making the room feel cooler than the thermometer actually says it is, much like the wind chill the weather man talks about in the winter time.

To get maximum effect from a fan, it should hang as far down from the ceiling as possible so the air flow is less restricted. Fans with longer blades tend to move more air. But that “more is better” philosophy doesn’t hold up when it comes to the number of blades or their width. Six blade fans or those with large decorative blades actually move less air because there’s less space between the blades to draw air through.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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