Compared to other appliances, fans are relatively low-maintenance. The most significant issue related to fan upkeep is preventing dust, dirt, grime, and other buildups on the fan blades. Cleaning + Dusting: When too many particles accumulate on the blades, the fan will spin slower, spread dust and dirt throughout the room, won't move air as fast or as far, and will generally reduce the fan's effectiveness. Too much dust buildup may cause the fan to stop spinning altogether. The best way to avoid particle buildup is to regularly clean the fan blades, housing unit, and any air intake mechanisms. If your fan can be disassembled, simply take it apart and wipe down the various components. Assembly: Refer to the manufacturer's user manual when disassembling your fan, as the screws may be hidden or there may be easier methods to reach the blades. If your fan cannot be easily taken apart, try using brushes, sprays, or canned air to remove internal buildup. Take care not to get water on the motor or any other electrical parts. Placement + Use: Other measures you can take to prolong the life of your fan include placing it out of reach of children or pets, not running it when it's not needed, using the fan only as it was intended, securing it from falling over or on top of other items, and giving the fan enough space to provide maximum benefit.