JUNE 2015: Chill Out

Oct 30th 2015 Staff

Issue No. 57, June 2015

No matter how hot the temperature, the right ceiling fan makes it a breeze to stay cool, inside and out.

Comfort Zone

Ceiling fans help you stay comfortable. We've all been in rooms that are either too hot or too cold, or ones that feel as though the air has a hard time circulating. But a room with a ceiling fan sees a huge difference in the amount of air moved (otherwise known as CFM or cubic feet per minute).

In summer, ceiling fans create a wind chill effect that makes the room feel six to eight degrees cooler than the actual ambient temperature. In fact, CFM, which ranges from 2,000 to 10,000, may be more important than motor size. A good rule of thumb: Choose a 48- to 52-inch-wide fan with about 4,500CFM.

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Size Matters

Ceiling fans can be sized to every space. No longer are homeowners completely bound by a room's size when it comes to fan selection. In fact, some traditionally sized fans may be better fits for those smaller spaces, based on airflow needs and overall aesthetics. In addition, mini fans - some with just a single blade and small powerhouse motors - can fit in areas as small as closets.

In general, when it comes to selecting the right size fan for your home, use the following measurements:

  • Small Room (0-75 sq. ft.) = 36" diameter fan
  • Small/Medium Room (76-144 sq. ft.) = 42"-50" diameter fan
  • Medium Room (144-225 sq. ft.) = 52"-54" diameter fan
  • Large Room (225-400 sq. ft.) = 54"-72" diameter fan
  • Great Room (400+ sq. ft.) = 52"-72" with more than one fan installation

Let a professionally trained expert help you find the right size and type of ceiling fan for your space.

Inspiring Ideas

The 2015 issue of Lighting magazine is the best go-to resource for home lighting and design inspiration. The magazine features before-and-after transformations that show how lighting can completely give your home a whole new look. Also included are many photos and design tips.

For example, did you know that a ceiling-hugging light fixture can make a room feel smaller than a hanging fixture? While a hanging fixture may take up more space, if it's delicate and airy, like a tiered crystal chandelier, it will make the space feel more open.

For more home lighting ideas, you may request a complimentary copy of Lighting from ALA, or simply view the magazine online. Lighting is also available for purchase on newsstands.

Pick up your free copy of Lighting magazine at an Hortons showroom or visit ALA online.

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