American Lighting Association

Issue No. 39, July 2013

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A Fan Enhances Any Size Room, No Matter How Large or Small
A Cool Outdoor Living Area is a Breeze
Your Questions Answered by a Design Professional

Fantastic Fans
No longer something out of your grandmother's living room, the newest air movers can define a room's style with unusual textures and modern finishes, while minimizing energy consumption.

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SIZE WISE: A Fan for Every Room, No Matter How Large or Small

Ceiling fans provide comfort, beauty and energy efficiency, and can be sized for every space. No longer are you completely bound by a room's size when it comes to fan selection. In fact, some traditionally sized fans may be better fits for smaller spaces, based on airflow needs and overall aesthetics. Mini fans - some with just a single blade and small powerhouse motor - can fit in areas as small as closets. To determine what size fan is best for your space, use the following measurements:

  • Small room (up to 75 sq. ft.) = 36" diameter fan
  • Small/medium room (76-144 sq. ft.) = 42"-50" diameter fan
  • Medium room (144-255 sq. ft.) = 52"-54" diameter fan
  • Large room (225-400 sq. ft.) = 54"-72" diameter fan
  • Great room (400+ sq. ft.) = more than one 52"-72" diameter fan

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Emerson Ceiling Fans
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COMFORT ZONE: Cooling Outside Patios is a Breeze 

Just because it’s hot outside, you don’t have to sacrifice outdoor fun. Ceiling fans can help keep your outdoor patio or gazebo comfortable, much like an actual room. Be sure to check your outdoor ceiling fan’s UL listing to make sure it’s compatible with the location.

RegencyCeilingFans-2 The three possible fan ratings are for indoor, damp and wet locations. Fans that are rated only for indoors should not be used outside, even if the area is mostly covered. Moisture and humidity can affect the motor performance and stability of the blades. Wet-rated fans can be installed outdoors in situations where they will be in direct contact with water, such as in gazebos, above a patio or under a deck.
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Casablanca Fans
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EXPERT ADVICE: Want More Ideas? Ask a Lighting Professional. 
Will leaving my ceiling fan on all the time, even if no one is in the room, help reduce my overall air conditioning expense? -Bob G.

No, a ceiling fan will not save energy if no one is in the room. Ceiling fans do not actually lower the temperature of a room; rather they make us feel cooler by moving air over our skin, which increases evaporation of the moisture on our skin.

Ceiling fans save energy by allowing the thermostat to be kept at a higher setting, while making you feels as though it is six to eight degrees cooler in that space. The fan costs pennies per day to operate versus dollars per day for the AC. To maximize your savings, be sure to turn off the fan when a room is unoccupied

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