Talking Fans: Part I

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The ceiling fan— a child of the Industrial Revolution—is still one of the most sensible solutions to home comfort despite a virtual revolution in the world of home appliances. After more than a century, ceiling fans continue to be a simple but charming supplement to home cooling and heating.
But why has this popularity lasted? Certainly charm is a factor. For some people, the steady, quiet whirl of the blades evokes the romance of bygone days and sultry summer afternoons. More important is the fan’s practical side. It makes a room more comfortable and lowers energy bills. By forcing warm air downward in the winter and stirring up breezes in the summer, it decreases demands on heating and air-conditioning systems. And yet it operates on just a few cents a day.
During the summer, using a ceiling fan in conjunction with an air conditioner will allow you to set the thermostat higher without a noticeable difference in comfort. A fan’s breeze will make a 26-degree room feel more like 22 degrees. By raising the thermostat, you can save up to 30% on your air-conditioning bills, depending on your home’s construction and where you live.
In the winter, a fan can re-circulate warm air that naturally rises in a room and is trapped at the ceiling. All you do is turn it on in the reverse direction (most have reversible motors). By bringing warm air down into the living space, your heating, including reverse cycle air con, can work less.
The best of today’s ceiling fans have taken a considerable step up from their ancestors. They benefit from better motors, more durable materials, more handsome finishes, and intuitive controls. You can choose from scores of styles, configurations, sizes, and prices.
Next week, we’ll look at controls, how many blades to go for and where to locate fabns.
At Lighting Illusions, we can help you source the right fans for your home with a huge range to suit all styles and budgets.