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  1. 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 manufacturing facility

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Dos and Don’ts of Porch Lights

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    Pictured: Minka Lavery Wall Mount in Antique Bronze

    Ask professional interior designers and most will agree that lighting can really make or break a space, and that’s as true about the inside of your home as it is the exterior. In the same way that the right pendant lights or lamps can transform a room, the front of the house is given a new life when outdoor lighting, such as porch lights, is installed. When placed correctly, porch lights can not only improve a home’s curb appeal but also increase the safety and security of the home as well. What’s more, a well-lit front porch is a lot more welcoming than a dark entryway and sends a friendly message to your guests and neighbors. The same thing goes for backyard living spaces, such as decks and patios.

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  5. 3 Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Ceiling Fans From Moisture

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  6. Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans for Humid Regions

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    When the weather is nice and the temperatures start to warm up, most people want to maximize the amount of time they spend outdoors, whether that means going for a scenic hike, having lunch in the park or simply spending time in an outdoor living area. However, when it comes to using your outdoor space for lounging or dining on high-temp days, sometimes these areas can feel pretty unbearable, especially areas where it’s humid and hot. Whether you have a front porch, screened-in patio, balcony or another outdoor living area, one way to beat the heat is by adding an outdoor ceiling fan. Not only will it keep you and your guests cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, but it will also add a touch of style to your outdoor space.

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  7. Make Your Home More Modern with These 6 Industrial Ceiling Fans

    While they’re one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep the rooms in your home cool, ceiling fans don’t always have the reputation of being stylish. This is especially true for industrial ceiling fans — which are traditionally used to cool down large commercial spaces, such as manufacturing facilities and industrial buildings — and tend to focus more on function and utilitarian design than aesthetic. These days, however, more and more people are opting for the rugged and mechanical look over sophisticated and sleek, choosing fans that look like they’re meant for warehouses but are designed for residential use.

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  8. Porches, Hallways, and Foyers: Six Ideas for Entry Lighting

    Porches, Hallways, and Foyers Six Ideas for Entry Lighting

    The front entrance of your home is one of the first things your guests see when they come to visit you. It serves as the focal point for your house, connecting your entryway—which often includes your porch or patio, front hallway, and foyer—to the rest of your home and is an important space for making a great first impression. One way to really define the look of your home is by adding lighting to your entryway. Drive through any residential neighborhood and we guarantee your attention will be drawn to the house on the street with a well-lit front door. Entry lighting does more than just enhance the look and feel of your home. It also serves a variety of other important functions by illuminating your entrance for your guests and creating a safe passage to your doorstep. It can also help you identify visitors when it’s too dark out to see. When done correctly, the right combination of outdoor and indoor lighting can complement your home’s style and architecture, increase security and help your guests navigate their way to your door.

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  9. A Complete Guide to Floor Lamps

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    Much time and thought goes into designing each room in your home. Selecting furniture for each room is a process of determining what type of atmosphere you’re trying to create and how that fits in with the theme of the house overall. Everything from the positioning of furniture to the small decorations scattered throughout a room add to your home’s ambiance, and lighting is no exception. In fact, the way that a room is lit can make all the difference in how it feels. Soft, shaded lights radiate a relaxed atmosphere while brilliant overhead lighting might make you feel more alert and motivated.

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  10. What Is Dark Sky Lighting?

    modern wall lightingLight pollution is an issue in nearly every major city, and many smaller towns are starting to see the effects of this problem as well. To help rectify the issue, people have banded together to start the Dark Sky Movement, which intends to decrease light pollution using outdoor lights called dark sky lighting. Not only does light pollution prevent us from observing the night sky, it can disrupt ecosystems and natural environments by tricking plants and animals into thinking that it is still daytime. Similarly, light pollution negatively impacts humans by confusing our circadian rhythms and melatonin release. Join the movement and help overcome these effects by installing dark sky lighting in your outdoor areas.

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