September 30, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I & III • Page 27 Home Improvement (ARA) Ceiling fans enhance homeowners’ comfort in every type of weather, and can help save on home energy costs. If you already have fans in place, check to see whether they are Energy Star qualified. Ceiling fan and light combinations that have earned Energy Star accreditation are about 50 percent more efficient than non-conforming units. The difference lies in improved motors and blade designs. A model with an Energy Star light kit included provides even greater energy savings, and the bulbs do not need to be changed as often. “Consumer demand for more energy-efficient products has driven the industry to integrate new lighting, blade, and motor technologies that save operating costs. New products integrating the latest technologies are up to 75 percent more efficient than previous models,” according to Steve Cox, vice president and general manager of Emerson Ceiling Fans. Paul Vrabel, a principal at ICF International, an energy solutions firm that partners with government clients, explains how to operate fans correctly. “Put them on when you are in the room -- during the day and when sleeping -and turn them off when you leave. Ceiling fans cool people, not air,” he advised. “Using fans wisely while turning down the air conditioner can save a lot of money.” Ceiling fans do such an efficient job of circulating air, they probably should be everywhere. “Any type of room can benefit,” said Nathan Frampton, president of ceiling fan company Fanimation. “Bedrooms, family rooms, and exterior living spaces are the most common applications, but we are seeing them used more in larger bathrooms, walk-in closets, home offices, and garages.” Dennis Davenport, vice president of product development for Monte Carlo Fans, concurs. “Consumers are installing ceiling fans throughout their homes,” he said, pointing to the rapid growth of models in all sizes. “For example, fans with blade spans of 54, 60 and 72 inches are increasingly popular for living rooms, while those with 24-inch spans are being installed in hallways and walk-in closets.” How do you estimate the best size for your needs? “A good rule of thumb is a 36- to 52-inch diameter blade sweep for rooms measuring 200 square feet or less,” Frampton said. “For rooms 200 to 400 square feet, we recommend a diameter of 52 inches or greater; if the space is more than 400 square feet, two or more fans will be needed.” Fall Ceiling fans can save energy all year long matches any interior design.” In the summer, ceiling fans offer a comfortable alternative or an accompaniment to air conditioning, but in the winter employing the reversible blade option provides a means of circulating the hotter air that rises to the ceiling. This helps save on heating bills when the weather gets cold. The number of blades makes some difference in airflow, however, whether to choose a four-, five-, or six-blade version is really a matter of aesthetics, according to Frampton. “You hear a lot about blade pitch, diameter, and motor size. These are factors that will affect airflow, but, in the end, the best way to judge is to stand under the fan you prefer and decide if the airflow feels sufficient.” Take care not to underestimate. “The most common fan sold in the U.S. is a 52-inch diameter. This fan size provides excellent results in rooms up to 150 square feet, but can also be appropriate for smaller rooms since it can be adjusted with multiple speeds and the direction of the blades can be reversed,” said Joe Rey-Barreau, education consultant for the American Lighting Association and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design. “It’s better to choose a slightly larger fan for a room than to choose a diameter that might prove to be too small to adequately provide air movement.” Many fans now come with integrated lighting or offer a coordinating light kit as an option. These lights do not offer enough illumination on their own, but they are useful in a room that already has some form of ambient lighting. “Ceiling fan lights should be considered as accent and mood lighting,” Davenport said. 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