Monthly Archives: May 2020
With increased AC use in the summer, it’s a crucial time to save energy in other ways. For example, by upgrading your lighting and increasing the effectiveness of your ceiling fans, you can reduce your utility bills. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
When choosing bulbs, stick with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Both are more energy-efficient than traditional options, such as halogens and incandescents. In fact, LEDs and CFLs use 25% to 80% less energy. Although they’re more expensive initially, the investment will pay off over time.
Also, make sure the bulbs you choose are ENERGY STAR®-qualified. This symbol is backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and indicates that a product is energy-efficient, protecting the environment and saving you money. Additionally, upgrade your lighting fixtures—including your desk lamps and porch lights—to ENERGY STAR-qualified products. They generally deliver more even lighting and come with dimming features, enhancing the look of your home.
Next, install light-colored curtains throughout your home to allow more natural light to enter via your windows. Finally, paint and decorate your rooms with light hues, such as lavender, bright orange, or peach, to brighten the house naturally during the daytime.
A ceiling fan is a home staple, both for its air conditioning abilities and its residential charm. While a standard five-blade iteration is what typically comes to mind, there are a wide variety of styles and features available for this overhead fixture. Here are a few types of ceiling fans that can fit any homeowner’s style needs.
Finding a Ceiling Fan for Your Needs
1. Ceiling Fans With Lights
For a duo of overhead lighting and air circulation, ceiling fans with built-in lights are a useful choice. This type of ceiling fan has diverse options to suit a vast spread of design visions, from drum shades to lantern lights and chandeliers. Some fixtures will have uplight options, meaning that they have lighting facing the ceiling as well as towards the room. This option can become a stylish accent to amplify a warm glow in a room. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we can even custom build a fixture to align with your vision.
Ceiling fans are both central design elements and functional components of your home’s main living spaces. To work their very best, though, ceiling fans must receive adequate maintenance over the course of their lifespan. From weekly dusting to more thorough cleaning throughout the year, here is how to make the most of this household fixture.
Cleaning Ceiling Fan Blades
Before ever attempting to clean your ceiling fan, make sure that it is turned off, and the blades have stopped spinning entirely. Once the fan isn’t moving, climb a step ladder to get within reaching distance of the blades. Give each blade a thorough dusting either with a duster or a dry microfiber cloth. Be careful not to push down on the blades and bend the blade holders as this will cause your fan to wobble. This step should occur weekly to ensure that dust and dander doesn’t accumulate and circulate in your home.
If the blades are really dusty and need a deeper clean, use an old pillow case to prevent dust from flying in the air or falling to the ground. You can use a damp cloth with mild detergent to remove grime, but dry the blades thoroughly to prevent damage. Never use cleaning agents as they can damage the finish. Dusting regularly and applying an anti-static agent after cleaning can avoid excessive build up and make cleaning a breeze in the future.
Shown above: Monte Carlo Butterfly Ceiling Fan
Cleaning Ceiling Fan Light Fixtures
While industrial ceiling fans were once exclusively used in factories and warehouses, more and more homeowners are installing residential versions to modernize and enhance the look of their homes. Known for the use of raw materials, functional features, and exposed hardware, industrial options are highly efficient, affordable, and stylish. If you’re considering buying one for your house, here are a few fans to check out.
A Guide to Industrial-Style Ceiling Fans
1. MINKA-AIRE® XTREME
One of the best large ceiling fans in our inventory, the Minka-Aire Xtreme comes in a wide range of blade sizes, from 65 inches to 96 inches; it’s one of the largest options that works well in a residential environment.
If you need a ceiling fan that operates in wet locations, such as outdoors, the Xtreme H2O is UL-rated and can withstand moisture effectively. Plus, this model, as well as the Xtreme, is virtually silent, which is uncommon for an industrial option. Wobbling won’t be a problem, and the six-speed DC motor can run for years on end without burning out.
2. EMERSON™ LOFT
With a purposeful design and contemporary look, the Emerson Loft has an ENERGY STAR®-qualified motor and airfoil blades. These fea