Casablanca, Emerson, Minka Aire, and Fanimation Ceiling Fans

Casablanca, Emerson, Minka Aire, and Fanimation Ceiling Fans

General Ceiling Fan Information

Today’s ceiling fans are as much a home decor item as they are a useful home appliance for staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are thousands of styles of ceiling fans and many fine manufacturers such as Casablanca, Emerson, Minka Aire and Fanimation, all sold here at Carolina Rustica. However, some of the basics of installing a fan remain the same, regardless of the manufacturer or style of fan.

Why Buy A Ceiling Fan

Although ceiling fans do use electricity to operate, experts say the amount of money homeowners can save on air conditioning with a fan greatly outweighs the cost of running the fan itself. The cost of operating a ceiling fan varies based on how often they’re turned on and how much the electric company charges, but on average, a standard ceiling fan costs less to operate than an incandescent light bulb.

Ceiling fan savings are generated year-round. In the summer, fans circulate the air in the room, preventing hot air from accumulating at the ceiling. Ceiling fans helps equalize the temperature throughout the room, and a fan can cut air conditioning bills by as much as 40%. This is because most fans make it feel like it’s about 6 degrees cooler in the home than it actually is. Homeowners can save 7 to 10 percent of their cooling costs for each degree above 78.

In winter, it can move heat trapped near the ceiling back into the living area, reducing heating costs by up to 10%. Changing the direction of the fan forces the air up toward the ceiling, and that helps re-distribute the heated air. This works particularly well in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings. This is one of the greatest attributes of ceiling fans: they are practical in both hot and cold weather.

Casablanca, Emerson, Minka Aire, and Fanimation Ceiling Fans

This image demonstrates how ceiling fans work in different seasons. In the steamy summer months, nothing beats a ceiling fan for creating a cool air flow, lowering the room temperature and circulating the air conditioning. During the cold winter months, a ceiling fan is the perfect solution for circulating forced warm air in the room and keeping it from simply rising to the top of the room. The configuration and direction of the fan movement is simple. During the summer, set your fan to run counter-clockwise to create a wind chill factor for a cooler environment. The fan should be pushing the air down. During the winter, set your fan to run clockwise to recirculate warm air and eliminate cold spots. The fan should be pulling air up (and then pushing it out).

Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans

The Energy-Star rating is given to those fixtures and appliances that are designed with energy-efficient consumption in mind. We have ceiling fans that are specifically designated as Energy Star qualified fans, which have passed the strongest testings on airflow and efficiency. Energy Star-rated ceiling fans are about 50 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units with an estimated energy savings of $15 to $20 per year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Web site, Energy Star-rated ceiling fans move air up to 20 percent more efficiently than conventional models due to advanced blade and motor design, and Energy Star-rated ceiling fans that have light fixtures are about 50 percent more efficient than kits with regular lights, and they produce about 75 percent less heat.While Energy Star qualified ceiling fans use improved motors and blade designs, you can also increase your energy costs by using Energy Star lighting, which is long-lasting. If a ceiling fan also includes a light fixture, you can also maximize energy savings by replacing the incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

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