Nearly every home has at least one ceiling fan, and most homes have more than one. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about how to use ceiling fans and how to properly size a fan for the space where it’s located. In this article, associate editor Patrick McCombe examines the energy savings claimed by fan manufacturers and energy-efficiency experts. He also discusses how to properly size a fan and to choose among the hundreds of models available, including outdoor fans, architecturally appropriate fans, and fans with modern remote and wall-mounted controls. Photos of high-style fans demonstrate how such units can provide an exciting architectural element on their own. A comprehensive sidebar discusses how to safely mount a fan to the ceiling. Photo courtesy of the manufacturer
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