Just in Time for Summer: Ceiling Fans 101

Minka F734-GL Ceiling FanHere In the south, we love our ceiling fans! Bedrooms and Family Rooms are a natural, but have you ever considered fans in a Bathroom? Laundry Room? Even Kitchens and Walk-in Closets! Anywhere that has a tendency to get a little stuffy. Today’s fans have a multitude of styles to accommodate any décor, anywhere in your home.

Ceiling Fans are a great way to help reduce energy costs. In the Summer, your fan should be set to operate counterclockwise (Forward). This creates a downward airflow resulting in a cooling breeze. You can keep your thermostat set higher and expect to save as much as 30% off your cooling bill! Remember, a fan does not cool a room, just the people in a room so remember to turn it off when the room is empty.

In the Winter, set your fan to operate clockwise (Reverse). At a low speed, your fan helps to circulate all that warm air that rises to help keep you comfortable. You can expect to lower your wintertime energy cost by up to 15%.

Heights? Ceiling fan blades should never be mounted lower than 7ft above the floor. If your ceiling height is 8ft or below, a hugger fan is right for you. Like the name implies, it is a shallow fan that ‘hugs’ the Ceiling. Airflow is crucial to the effectiveness of a ceiling fan, so make sure you choose a fan who’s blades are a minimum of 8” from the ceiling.

With the use of varying length fan downrods, you can achieve the optimum mounting height for your space. The Lighting Specialists at Danlar Lighting can help you determine your perfect fan package.

Lastly, don’t forget the outdoor fans. In addition to adding character and cooling down your outdoor space, they are a great way to keep pests away. The bugs…we can’t do much about the neighbors!

Outdoor ceiling fans are rated for either damp or wet locations. Wet locations, as it states are perfectly ok to install in an area exposed to the elements. Damp location rated means no direct contact with water, but suitable for damp environments such as gazebos, porches etc. Don’t ever use an interior rated fan outdoors! The humidity will quickly corrode the motors components and in a short time, your blades will be wilting sadly.

Beautiful finishes, unique styles and substantial energy savings. What are you waiting for?

Contact us at 1-800-462-5288 for ceiling fans from:

Minka Aire           Ellington
Quorum Int’l        Fanimation
Kichler                 Regency
Progress             Hudson Valley
Emerson             Savoy House
Casa Blanca       Westinghouse
Craftmade           Monte Carlo

Mary McDonell

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