Working Ceiling Fans Are Crucial During a Pandemic – Here’s Why

Several months ago, ceiling fans in your facility may have been considered a luxury item – perhaps they were taken for granted and not even noticed on an everyday basis. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may never be a better time to pay attention to those ceiling fans in your building – especially making sure they are in working order.

As more U.S. states lift their virus lockdown orders, many of the country’s leaders are strongly urging the population to continue practicing social distancing even throughout the summer.

But that’s not all. Many governors are advising states that just because the stay-at-home orders are being relaxed or lifted doesn’t mean the spread still can’t happen – especially in facilities where people may or may not be able to practice social distancing due to the job task.

What Can Building Owners or Property Managers Do?

City Wide has provided clients with a checklist of things to consider before re-opening their facility – which includes the strongly urged disinfectant treatments available. But something else to consider when it comes time to re-open your building is how well the ventilation (HVAC) and ceiling fans are working in your facility, as those can be significant factors in making sure your facility doesn’t become a breeding ground for the virus.

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According to CDC, one of the reasons ventilation is encouraged in facilities is to help remove contaminated air. And to really drive it home, the American Lung Association supports this motion as well.

“Effective ventilation may also help keep bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants out of the indoor air,” said the American Lung Association. “Research shows that air flow and ventilation can affect how diseases spread indoors. The more stagnant the air is, the more likely diseases are to spread.”

Most Common Ceiling Fan Troubles to Look For

Even if you’ve already opened your doors for business, it’s not too late to take a walk through your facility and test your ceiling fans. Here are some recurring issues that a handyman can help you resolve:

  • A humming sound
  • A burning smell or unusual odor
  • Fan wobbles
  • Noisy operation
  • Stuck on one speed
  • Doesn’t turn on
  • Light turns on but not the fan

READ: Why You Should Hire a Handyman Instead of Fixing It Yourself

Do you have a lot on your plate while navigating the pandemic and your facility’s needs? City Wide is here to help with our 20+ services – which includes finding you the best handyman in the business who is compliant with the health recommendations made by CDC.

Contact one of our locations in the United States or Canada so we can help you protect your facility as best as we can.