Ceiling Fans – Design Trends and Energy Efficiency

Design Trends

Fans have always served a great function…circulating air. Now we can look to fans as more than just a functional fixture.

Fans have become more stylish than ever before. With the growing popularity of fans, designers have created looks that coordinate with every kind of decor. They are more appealing than they ever used to be. Finishes are no longer limited to white and brass. Trendsetters are opting for brushed nickel, steel and pewter. Other popular looks include earth tones like rustic copper, bronze and old brick. Blades are available in oak, weathered pine, maple, black, white, almond, even silk and nylon sailcloth. And light kits have been designed to fit with some of the hottest trends art deco, mission and Asian. People are getting away from traditional types and are going to more ornate fans that are more like showpieces. Conventional pull chains have been replaced with a wall mounted control or a hand-held remote control. There are fans for damp locations such as screened porches and wet locations such as gazebos. Design leaders look at fans from the statement the fans make.

ENERGY STAR labeled ceiling fans save energy because they have more efficient motors and air delivery due to blade design. ENERGY STAR labeled fans move air 14-20% more efficiently than typical ceiling fan models.
For maximum energy savings, choose a fan with blades that can reverse direction: counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter. You may save as much as 40% during the summer months and 10% during the winter by using a ceiling fan and adjusting your thermostat accordingly.

Energy Efficiency
Yes. Ceiling fans can save energy.

The ceiling fans currently on the market can save on summer air-conditioning bills (as much as 40 percent) and winter heating bills (as much as 10 percent). When purchasing a ceiling fan, it is important to take into consideration the size of the room. A ceiling fan that is 50 56 inches in diameter is best for a room that is approximately 225 square feet or larger; 42 44 inches for rooms up to 144 square feet; and 32 inches for rooms up to 64 square feet. Ideally, blades should be 8 9 feet above the floor; minimum is 7 feet. The pitch of the blades is also important. This determines the air flow throughout the room. A 14 degree pitch is optimum for moving the air efficiently. To achieve a maximum cooling effect in the summer and maximum heating effect in the winter, choosing a fan with blades that reverse direction is something to consider. In the summer, the fan should spin in a counterclockwise direction, and in winter, clockwise. There are also fans that are UL-rated for damp or wet locations if the fan is going to be used in a bathroom or on a porch or patio.

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