I’ve been alive for 40 (cough…cough) years and I was today years old when I learned that ceiling fans in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois homes have a special feature just for summer.

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One Thing Everyone in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin Should Do to Their Ceiling Fans in the Summer

I’ve been trying to come up with some tasks for my teenagers to do this summer to stay busy. Basically, every week, they are deep cleaning something in the house. If no one makes any messes, I’ll have a clean house by the time school starts again.

I know that isn’t reality with kids and a perfectly clean house won't be happening but I’m pretty sure I’ll have clean baseboards and Saint Bernard drool will be wiped off my walls.  Ok, that drool will probably be wiped off several times throughout the summer.

To help with this cleaning frenzy, I was looking for a checklist to work off and came across a tip that I'd never heard before.  Our ceiling fans need to be rotated so they spin in different directions - one way in the summer and one way in the winter.

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Check Your Ceiling Fans and Make Sure They Are Twirling in the Correct Direction in the Summer and Winter

If you are a newbie to this ceiling fan news, here's what you need to know:

  • During the Winter - your fan should turn clockwise.  This will bring the air up and help redistribute warm air.
  • During the Summer - your fan should turn counterclockwise.  This direction will help cool our homes.
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Not sure why, but people in Minnesota and Wisconsin have more than one of these 15 items.

If you walk through a house in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa, there is a very good chance that you will see some items more than once. Yes, we are talking about those duplicates that we have that we aren't always sure why...but we just have a tough time getting rid of the extras.