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ceiling fan with lights Ceiling fans are electric fans that are attached to the ceiling, and are operated and controlled by a wall switch or pull cord, or a combination of the two.  In addition to circulating air and lending ambience to a room, ceiling fans help save energy by enhancing heating and cooling.  While many people are aware that ceiling fans contribute to the cooling of a room, many don't know that ceiling fans also help keep rooms warmer in the winter.

Ceiling fans come in a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and wood.  They also come in a variety of speeds and sizes, and have different blade shapes.  Most fans have three speeds, and as a rule, the higher the airspeed the more the fan circulates air.

Many ceiling fans also come with lighting fixtures, and these fan lights are available in a range of styles, ranging from traditional designs to sleek, contemporary designs.  Some ceiling fans are even designed to accept compatible fan light kits which can be purchased separately.  Although certain fan lights can be turned on or off via a pull chain, some of these fan lighting fixtures can only be controlled by a wall switch or a remote control device.

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Choosing Your Ceiling Fan

A room between 225 and 400 square feet will be best served by a 52-inch ceiling fan, which is the most popular size.  Smaller fans are more appropriate for smaller rooms.  If the room is between sizes, opt for the larger fan, and run it at a slower speed.

You'll also want to take the design of your room into account when choosing your fan.  Depending upon your decor, you can install classic ceiling fans or more modern ceiling fans.  In addition to a variety of finishes such as wood, wicker, brass, pewter, and bronze, ceiling fans also come in many hues and colors.

Running Your Ceiling Fan

ceiling fan lights and shadows To be their most effective, ceiling fans should be installed in the center of the room, at least seven feet above the floor and preferably no more than nine feet above the floor.

Your ceiling fan's blades will be able to run clockwise or counter-clockwise.  Why is this important?  Well, the direction of the fan's blades should be dependent upon whether you want to cool or heat the room.

Blades that turn in a counterclockwise direction move air downward, and can make a room feel as much as 6 degrees cooler.  Blades that turn clockwise, on the other hand, mix the air in a room.  Since heat rises, running your ceiling fan in a clockwise pattern during the winter months will mix the hotter air that rises with the air in the rest of the room, increasing warmth in the areas where people sit and stand.

In addition to being decorative, knowing how to operate your ceiling fan can have a significant positive impact on your energy costs.

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