Ceiling fans are large fans attached to the ceiling that help cool and circulate the air in individual rooms of a house or apartment. Using ceiling fans in the home can help you save money on your utility bills. In addition, they are inexpensive, easy to install, and they lighten the load on a home’s air conditioner, giving optimum comfort for less money. They can also be used year-round, to recirculate air. In summer, the normal counter-clockwise rotation of the blades circulates cooling breezes. Operated in reverse during winter, the fan forces rising warm air down from the ceiling. Most fans feature two or more speeds and a reversing motor for summer or winter use. The motor can be controlled by a wall switch or a built-in chain. A light fixture often comes with the fan or can be attached to it. When installing a ceiling fan, keep in mind that the fan’s blades should be at least one foot below the ceiling, seven feet above the floor, and two feet from the nearest wall. Contact your local service provider for more specific information regarding ceiling fans.