The Latest Trends in Ceiling Fan Designs
A lot of people think ceiling fans are only for summer use, but that's not true.
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Ceiling fans provide a stylish and hi-tech element to home decor all year round and Linda Denenberg explains some of the latest designs:
- It used to be that ceiling fans were just in sunrooms, but now people use them in every room because there are so many styles available. You can really achieve any kind of look with a ceiling fan these days.
- Fans turn clockwise in the summertime, which circulates the cold air. Use the reverse switch in the winter to pull the hot air down since heat rises, which will also reduce your heating bill.
- In addition to wood, paddles can be woven blades, palm leaves and even canvas for a nautical touch.
- The pitch of the blade is the angle at which the blade is tilted--the more tilt to the blade, the more air the fan circulates. The more air the fan circulates, the stronger the motor needs to be and the stronger the motor, the more expensive the fan. If the fan doesn't need to push a lot of air around, go for a less expensive one. However, if you are relying on the fan to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, invest in one with a stronger motor.
- Be sure to measure a room before purchasing a fan as there are different blade lengths for spaces of every size. Get the right blade length for your room or the air won't circulate properly.
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