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  1. The Key Differences Between Indoor and Outdoor Fans

    differences between indoor and outdoor fans

    Updated July 1, 2020

    How Do Indoor & Outdoor Fans Differ?

    While dry-rated ceiling fans are ideal for cooling down your home efficiently, the blades and other mechanical features aren’t designed for outdoor areas, such as a porch or covered patio. Instead, you’ll need a wet-rated or damp-rated option that can handle moisture, rainstorms, and dampness. By checking a fan’s rating and considering factors like the wiring and materials, you can choose one that works for your needs, whether indoors or outdoors. Here is a guide to the various ratings so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

    The Rating System

    There are three primary ratings.

    • Dry-Rated ceiling fans can only be installed inside the home in dry locations.
    • Damp-Rated fans are for outdoor covered areas or indoors where there is moisture.
    • Wet-Rated fans can be used anywhere indoors or outdoors, even in the rain or snow.

    The materials and design determine the rating. For example, a wet-rated fan must be water-tight to protect the motor, lights, and sensitive wiring against harsh weather conditions.

    Dry-Rated - Indoor Ceiling Fans

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  2. Romantic Lighting: Create the Perfect Ambiance for Your At-Home Date Night

    Sometimes when you want quality one-on-one time with that significant person in your life, staying in is better than going out. One of the best things you can do to help create the right mood is to adjust the lighting in your home. To elevate the everyday appearance of your home into something special, you need to make some effort to set the right tone. Let’s take a look at how different lighting plans can enhance your at-home date.

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  3. Installing a Gas Log Fireplace – A Step-by-Step Guide

    If you want to spruce up your house, installing a gas log fireplace would be a lovely addition to your home. Traditional fireplaces tend to be more burdensome these days. If you don’t have the luxury of living near a forest, buying wood can be expensive and tedious. Not to mention the maintenance it requires to clean and upkeep a fireplace–having to constantly take out the burnt ashes, sweeping the chimney and making sure the space around the area is tidy.

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  4. How to Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Home

    How to Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Home

    Your home is your castle, and your castle will be the site of many beautiful memories with friends and family. When it comes to choosing outdoor lighting for your home, you want options that will highlight your home's best qualities, while also providing plenty of ambiance for outdoor activities. From landscape lights to outdoor light posts to outdoor chandeliers, the possibilities for creating modern, complementary lighting for your home are endless.

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  5. Did You Know Different Rooms Require Different Fan Wattages? 

    Did You Know Different Rooms Require Different Fan Wattages

    When it comes to shopping for ceiling fans, there are so many different options on the market and finding the right one for your space can sometimes be a significant challenge. There’s so much to consider, such as style, size, airflow, motor quality, energy efficiency and more. It’s easy to want to select a ceiling fan based on your style preferences alone. While you want your ceiling fan to complement the style and decor of your space, choosing the right size ceiling fan for the size of your room will ensure its maximum performance, style and comfort. The right size ceiling fan will do a lot more than just keep you cool. It will also help you save money. When used alongside your HVAC system, it will help keep you comfortable while allowing you to increase the temperature on your thermostat, saving you money on your monthly electricity bill. 

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  6. A Beginner's Guide to Using a Charcoal Grill

    Whether you're new to grilling or you're making the transition from gas or electric grills, charcoal grilling is a great way to get that smoky flavor you know and love. Charcoal grills have a variety of benefits, including portability, simplicity and higher heat temperatures. You can also customize your heating areas with careful arrangement of your charcoal. 

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  7. Spruce Up Your Entertaining Space with These Stylish Fireplace Accessories

    Your fireplace is the focal point of your entertaining space. In winter or summer, you can give your fireplace a chic look your guests will love with imaginative accessories. You want to wow your guests when they visit your home–whatever the season–and a well-dressed fireplace will do just that. 

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  8. When Should I Change the Direction of My Ceiling Fan?

    Pictured: Emerson Carrera Grande ECO 

    Did you know that ceiling fans spin in two different directions? Your ceiling fan direction can actually impact your energy savings and comfort level in the summer—and in the winter, too. Since their invention in the late 19th century and their introduction to homes in the 1920s, ceiling fans have been keeping us cool during the hot days of summer. Even with the introduction of air conditioning, ceiling fans still provide instant satisfaction in a stuffy room, making it feel cooler even though the actual temperature of the room hasn’t changed. Many people have ceiling fans installed to beat the heat, but never think to turn them on in the winter. That’s because most people don’t realize that ceiling fans can also make a cold space feel warmer. It may seem a little strange to use your ceiling fan in the wintertime, but most fans are designed for year-round use. Whether you have a ceiling fan at home or use an industrial ceiling fan in your warehouse or manufact

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  9. How Do I Balance My Ceiling Fan?

    Emerson Carrera Grande ECO

    Pictured: Emerson Carrera Grande ECO

    Ceiling fans help circulate the air in a room, keeping it comfortable so you don’t have to rely so much on your primary heating/cooling system, reducing your energy costs in the process. And like all machines with moving parts and extended use, ceiling fans will eventually wear, come loose and begin to wobble. A ceiling fan with wobbling blades is more than just a visual distraction. It can also be dangerous for anyone standing underneath it or even close to it. Wobbling blades could also cause damage to the motor’s bearings and bushings, resulting in an annoying and unnecessary fan noise. There are a few things that can cause your ceiling fan to wobble. For example, you may have a loose junction box, mounting hardware or blade holders. Another reason your ceiling fan is wobbling could be that the blades are warpedor the blade holders are bent. Or, your blades may be unbalanced.

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  10. 4 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills this Summer

    Reduce Your Energy Bills this Summer

    Summer is almost here, but with that nice, warm weather comes a significant rise in our energy costs. Do you know how much you typically spend on electricity during the fall and spring? Have you noticed whether this amount seems to increase in the summer? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average household spent around $400 on electricity during the summer in 2018. Heating and cooling costs make up about 50 percent of a home’s total energy budget. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep the costs down. Here are four ways to reduce your energy bills this summer:

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