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Photo: TY Lim (Shutterstock) When you’re taking a few minutes to quickly tidy up your home, you probably focus on what’s most visible—things like floors, countertops, and stuff at eye-level. Even when you’re doing more of a thorough cleaning, you may not think to look up, leaving your ceiling fans (literally) in the dust. Although they may seem like something that should be at least somewhat self-cleaning, ceiling fans (and their light fixtures) do need your time and attention. Here’s what to know about cleaning them, and why it’s important in the first place. Why you should clean your ceiling fan When it comes to the dust that accumulates on your ceiling fan, it’s not a matter of it being out of sight, and therefore, out of mind. Like any other home appliance, ceiling fans collect not only dust, but dirt and grime as well, and when that builds up , it can make the fan noisy when it operates, and eventually cause damage to its motor. In other words, taking the time to clean it now may mean it will last longer—saving you from the cost of having to replace it sooner than necessary. Plus, dirty fan blades don’t move the air around a room as efficiently as clean ones , so it’ll take more energy to get the same results. But most importantly, when ceiling fan blades are covered in dust and/or pollen when they’re switched on, they circulate that dirt around the room (and your home). […]