The use of ceiling fans started in the late 1880s and has steadily increased popularity in the 20th century. These are helpful appliances which can easily be owned with a small amount of investment. They lost their fame as air conditioning units are introduced but made a major comeback during the energy crisis in the 1970s. Since then, ceiling fans became already part of the constant home fixtures in the US.
If you haven’t known it yet, ceiling fans offer a host of benefits to many homeowners:
Reduced Energy Costs
Don’t get it wrong, ceiling fans don’t actually reduce the temperature inside. But, if you run them along with your air conditioning unit, your indoor atmosphere can be three to four times cooler. This is because the ceiling fans help in distributing the cold air that your A/C produces. With this, you can lower the temperature set in your thermostat and save up to 30-40% on your energy consumption.
Style-Driven Home Accessories
Ceiling fans come in different sizes, styles, and finishes that can level up the unique interior design of your home. Aside from its functional use, it can also serve as a statement piece of a room. You can even find those with interchangeable blades which allow you to change the style of the fan without the need to replace the motor.
Most ceiling fans come with added lighting fixtures which contribute to the layered lighting design of your room. If you’re in for this special benefit, we recommend you choose those with a built-in light system or those where a fan light kit can be easily installed.
Ceiling fans are not just for the summer; you can also take advantage of its air circulation in the long cold months. The switch on the base allows for the reverse circulation of the blades, pushing warm air down from the ceiling without creating a draft.
Things to Consider Before Installing a Fan
- At least 8-foot room ceiling
- Ceiling fan blades should be at least eight inches below the ceiling and at least 18 inches away from walls
- Choose a 36-inch to 44-inch diameter fan to cool a 225 square foot room such as the bedroom or office.
- Use a 52-inch or larger diameter fan to cool larger spaces like kitchens and living areas.
- Choose a ceiling fan with the Energy Star symbol to save the most on your utility bills.
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