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Ceiling Fan Direction - Part 2 of “It Suddenly Turned Cold In Greensboro, NC”

October 9, 2013 No comments

The direction your ceiling fan should be turning during the winter, or any other time that you are trying to bring warm air down from the ceiling, is clockwise.  This may sound a little strange, but to be sure your fan is spinning clockwise you should lie on the floor and then look up at the blade rotation.  

I say that because of a fellow co-worker, that one day got most everyone confused in which direction was clockwise and which was counter-clockwise in relationship to a fan’s rotation.  He knew when looking at a clock that the hands spin to the right of the 12 O’clock mark, but when looking at a fan from a side angle he saw it differently.  Finally we understood what the cause of his confusion was.  You see, he would look at the fan from a distance and then his eyes would follow the blade rotation as he looked down at his watch.  He was looking at a ceiling fan’s rotation from a birds eye view, as one would typically look down to their wrist in viewing a watch.  His confusion, and the confusion he caused many of us, came to an end when he was told to lie on the floor and look up.  This is a fool proof way, that unless a person doesn’t know the difference between clockwise and counter-clockwise, that they can’t go wrong.

An easy way know the way a fan should turn during cold weather is to remember this fact.  A ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool the air, instead it creates a wind chill effect to fool our body into thinking the air is cooler.  Even a fan that is operating in its counter-clockwise mode will have the ability to bring warm are down from the ceiling.  The problem is that you will feel the wind chill effect along with the warm air coming down, thus defeating the purpose.  By operating a ceiling fan in the clockwise mode, air is blown up towards the ceiling, thus slowly bringing the warm air down at the outside edges of the room, which allows the warm air to come down to the living level without creating the unwanted wind chill effect.  So, keeping all of that in mind, stand directly below your fan with it operating.  If you feel air blowing directly down on you, you will know that is the summer mode.  Reverse the fan’s direction.  Now standing directly below the fan you will notice that airflow isn’t coming down.  This is the winter mode.

Remember, during the winter, low speed is best.  You do not want to create a wind chill effect while the fan is in winter mode.  So, not only do you want the fan’s direction to blow air upward, but you also will want to remember that low speed is all you will need.  Any higher speed setting may cause too much airflow, thus even creating a wind chill effect in the room even when the fan is spinning in reverse.

Whichever style ceiling fan you own, whether tropical, modern, victorian, traditional or rustic, the one thing they all have in common is that a clockwise rotation helps save on heating cost.  If used properly, all ceiling fans have the ability to help save money during both the summer and the winter.  The only exception to this rule would be with outdoor ceiling fans, and when they are actually installed outside.  During cold winter days there will be no heat outside on your covered patio for the fan to bring down.  Thus using an outdoor fan in reverse (if it is indeed installed outdoors) is lost cause.

It Suddenly Turned Cold In Greensboro, NC.

October 8, 2013 1 comments

Today, October 8, 2013 everyone in my family woke up to a surprise.  Only, I don’t think any of us realized it until we walked outside and felt the cold chill of the air.  What a shock to the system!  Just two days ago the high temperature was 83°F and the day before that 88°.  Today’s high is expected to hit just a balmy 63°F, and this morning’s low was down in the 40’s.

My son ran out the door late for school, then he came running back inside looking for his North Face jacket, only to realize he couldn’t find it.  My daughter and I, leaving for her orthodontist appointment, jumped into the car parked in the garage, so we didn’t notice how cool it was outside.  That is, until we got out of the car to run inside for her appointment.  She complained and complained about cold she was, wanting me to take her back to get her jacket.  I told her it would warm up and she’d be okay later in the day.  That was before I saw the expected high.  She is going to kill me when she returns home.

That being said leads me to my main point... LET THE CALLS BEGIN!  Every time we have a drastic shift in temperatures from hot to cold, we get what seems like a million phone calls asking the same question.  It seems everyone starts it off the same way, “I have a stupid question.”  Although it isn’t really a stupid question, by the time they begin to ask, we already know what they are about to ask, “Which direction should my ceiling fan be blowing to bring heat down from the ceiling?”  We respect each customer and don’t mind answering the question.  We try to treat it like it is the first time we’ve heard the question.  We respectfully allow them to finish asking their question, and then we give them the answer...

Do you know which way your ceiling fan should be turning during the winter?  Are you 100% sure you are correct?  We’ll give you time to think about it and then we’ll give you the answer in a day or two.  

Tropical Ceiling Fans, One of Today's Hottest Design Ideas

By Zachary October 1, 2013 No comments

Twenty-nine years ago, the first ceiling fan was introduced that used palm fronds as blades and became what was known as the first tropical ceiling fan design. Tom Frampton, founder of Fanimation became involved in ceiling fan design while working for Casablanca Fan Company when he was still in high school, and his design of the Punkah ceiling fan was this ceiling fan.  The Punkah fan waved its blades side to side to create a breaze similar to a hand fan, rather than spinning in a circular motion to create airflow, and was the first in what has now become a very popular theme in ceiling fan styling.

Originally tropical ceiling fans were considered to be a fad that would eventually lose popularity. That was about as wrong of a thought process as there could have been. In June of 2000, Gulf Coast Fans had begun to offer its Palm Bay ceiling fan for sell. I feel this was the beginning of the explosion of the tropical theme’s popularity in fans. The reason I feel this way is because prior to the Palm Bay, Fanimation was the only company that offered anything that would fit into an island inspired room flawlessly. Since the release of the Palm Bay and countless failed lawsuits over the design, it opened the doors for all fan manufacturers to explore into the market with safari ceiling fans, tropical, Bahama and Hawaiian styles, or whatever style a person would described these ceiling fans with leaf blades that have been inspired by nature.

Since that time tropical ceiling fans have grown more and more popular with interior designers. They create an atmosphere that inspires one to simply want to sit back and relax. The exotic blades are pitched sharply so that they are able to spin lazily around and still create a very soothing breeze into the room. This style will sometimes lead a person to wish they had a hammock to relax in, rather than traditional household furniture. They bring the feel of Hawaii into any home. The styling of these island inspired ceiling fans has become so popular that today it doesn’t matter whether your home is along the coast, or in the heartland of America, they will fit beautifully into almost any interior décor.

Now days you will find these ceiling fans that are perfect for a beach house from almost all fan makers. Hunter, Casablanca, Craftmade Ceiling Fans, Minka Aire, Gulf-Coast Fans, Ellington, Vaxcel/AireRyder, Emerson Fans, and many, many more. Pick your favorite designer ceiling fan maker, the choice is yours when you are searching for tropical ceiling fans, a designer theme that is becoming more and more popular year after year. And when you buy your new tropical ceiling fan from Palm Fan Store, you are buying from a place that specializes in tropical fans. As a matter of fact, in 2002 when we launched our online store, this was the only design in ceiling fans we offered. We have now expanded our selection into all fan style categories, but tropical indoor and outdoor fans are still our passion, and we do it better than anyone else. Call us with any questions, or place an order and let us prove it to you.

Ceiling Fans & the Energy Protection Act

By Jeff Eller September 12, 2013 No comments

A few years ago our US Government decided they needed to get more involved in the ceiling fan industry with making it a part of the Energy Protection Act (EPA).  In my opinion both good and bad came from this.

The good part is that a customer can now easily tell how much cubic feet per minutes of air a ceiling fan moves by simply looking at the Energy Information label that is now required to be put on all ceiling fan boxes.  Although not always 100% accurate, its a start and it will give you a good idea of how much airflow each ceiling fan will move.  The higher the CFM rating, the better the fan will be for keeping you cool.


Another part of the test measures wattage.  From that point the fan's CFM rating is divided by the wattage used, and whatever number that equals is what the EPA likes to call the fan's Airflow Efficiency Rating.  The problem with the Energy Efficiency Rating is that the EPA is not taking into account that a ceiling fan that moves more airflow (higher cubic feet per minute rating) will be able to save more on air conditioning cost, thus allowing fans with a high CFM rating, but maybe not as high of an Airflow Efficiency rating to actually save you more on cooling cost than a fan with a low CFM rating, yet high Airflow Efficiency rating.


I know this all can get confusing.  So in plain English, a fan only cools by creating a wind chill.  The higher the cubic feet per minute rating, the greater the wind chill.  A fan can have a low cubic feet per minute rating and at the same time boast a high airflow efficiency rating by using little electricity.  Although a fan like this uses very little energy consumption, whatever little energy it is using is wasted energy if it doesn't move enough air to keep you cool enough to turn back your A/C.  What I am trying to say is, ignore everything the Energy Information Label on the fan box says except for the Cubic Feet Per Minute Rating.  The higher that number is, the better the fan is for cooling and the happier you will be with your purchase.  The only exception to this is some of the new fans using DC motor technology, which I'll get into in a future post.  For now you may want to look at Modern Fan Outlet as they carry a lot of fans that use DC motors.


Now, the really bad part about the Energy Protection Act when it comes to ceiling fans.  The EPA messed everyone up who wants a fan light that produces a lot of light.  It requires that ceiling fan light kits use a maximum of 190 watts of light.  Anything more than that, well now there is a lighting limiter installed within fan light kits that will shut them down, so don't even try to over watt them, it will not work.  I've never understood this, because if a customer likes to save energy there are smarter ways to do it, but causing a person to be in the dark isn't one of them.  If the fan light isn't producing enough light, then a person will turn on lamps to get the extra light, thus using the same amount of electricity before the EPA messed up fan lights!


That being said, some high end fan companies, such as Gulf Coast Fans, have found a loophole in the EPA when fan light kits are concerned.  They can use standard sockets in the lights, and leave out the lighting limiter providing the lights are packaged with CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs.  If you get one of these lights and don't like CFL bulbs, simply don't use them.  Use them in closet lights instead and in your fan light put in the incandescent bulb of your choice.  Go ahead put in 240 watts, 300 watts even, being there is no lighting limiter in these lights you can now see again.  Thank God for loopholes!  The only issue with some fan companies taking this route is it has now made the lights a little more pricey because the CFL bulbs they are packaged with aren't cheap and the cost has to be passed on to the consumer.  However, it still beats being in the dark.  Plus, the lighting limiters tend to cause problems, so it's also worth a few extra dollars to get rid of the troublesome part that the EPA wants us to use.

So now you have it, the upside and the downside to the Energy Protection Act.  The next time you go out shopping for a ceiling fan you will be more educated and you will actually know what all those energy numbers mean.  I hope this has helped.

We Have Your Ceiling Fans

February 27, 2013 No comments

Looking for designer ceiling fans at prices that agree with your wallet? They’re all here. Check them out today at our online store. For our team, it’s a point of pride to offer clients the utmost quality in merchandise while maintaining fair and reasonable prices. We make the effort because our relationship with you is worth it. Take some time to look through the great collection we’ve put together this year, and don’t forget to check out our beautiful, discount ceiling fans -- each one is a steal!

Fun and contemporary styles, like traditional and designer ones, are available. See them for yourself and you’ll easily grasp the bargain we’ve set up. Where is the store that people who care about the look and feel of their home turn to? It’s right here. Palm Fan Store has the options and the prices you most want to find. Ceiling fans with lights? Of course we have ‘em!

Time for a New Ceiling Fan

February 27, 2013 No comments

Winter has entered the homestretch -- have you already started planning the improvements you’ll make to your home come spring and summer? Maybe you just want to get a leg-up on the warmer weather, but whatever your ultimate goal may be, there is no denying the impact that beautiful Craftmade and Casablanca ceiling fans, for instance, can have in the appearance and comfort of your home.

Make a strong decorative move, one that will also upgrade the homey feel of the space you’re working on: choose a beautiful and practical ceiling fan. Our store has an incredibly wide variety of first-class fans; finding the perfect one for you will be no problem. For some spaces, only a minimalist, flush-mount fan will do, but others, like kids’ rooms, give you a lot more leeway. Pick your style now. Take a look at our Craftmade ceiling fans to start. Our entire inventory awaits at www.palmfanstore.com, your ultimate resource for gorgeous, long-lasting ceiling fans.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans, Which Type Is Right for You?

February 8, 2013 No comments

When choosing an outdoor ceiling fan, the first thing to consider is whether your fan will be in a covered location, like a back porch or patio, or will it be totally exposed to direct rainfall like under a pergola? The reason this is an important consideration is because there are two different types of outdoor ceiling fans available. Of course at Palm Fan Store we have more than two different models to choose from, but some fans for outdoor use are made to withstand dampness only, whereas others can withstand direct contact with rain. In this article you will learn the differences, along with some models we suggest for each use.

The first outdoor ceiling fans were UL Listed for damp location use. These are UL Damp Rated fans. What this means is that the fans are finished to help resist corrosion and the blades on the original damp locations models were made of plastic, with the better ones using a special heat resistant ABS plastic. Plastic blades were originally used to resist warpage from humidity. The advantage of the better ABS plastic is that it not only resist humidity, but also resist warpage from heat. However, since the original fans made for outdoor use started appearing, some fan companies have taken the blades on these fans a step further. Gulf-Coast Fans for example, offers a fan with solid furniture-grade wood blades for outdoor use and the blades will not warp. These blades cannot stand up to direct rain like the wet location fan's blades can that we will talk about later, but they offer a high-end sense of style that the plastic ones simply cannot offer. The 58" 100 Series Raindance is one such fan. The Raindance motor has always been designed for wet locations, but being this fan is highly customizable, the blades will determin its true location. Whereas the Raindance's use is usually determined by the type blades used, most other damp rated fans are determined by how well the motor is sealed. Damp rated fan motors are not completely sealed to keep water out, and that is why they cannot take contract from direct rainfall. Keep in mind, a little blowing rain that may mist on a damp location fan will not hurt them, but constant direct rain coming in from above the fan will.

Now, onto Wet Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fans. Most all Wet Location Ceiling Fans will use plastic blades, as they have to because constant water contact to the blades can cause serious damage over time to more natural materials such as wood or rattan. As with the damp locations fans, the better wet location ceiling fans are going to use the special ABS blades because of its high tolerance to heat. This will mean absolutely no warpage from any of natures elements. Although, it is hard to duplicate solid woods or bamboo out of plastics, some fan companies to an outstanding job of making a person have to really look hard to tell the difference, making your wet rated fan look as good as any damp rated fan. Again, the Gulf-Coast Raindance with its wet rated ABS bamboo blades does a great job of keeping a high-end look in a wet outdoor fan model. Some will even use cavas blades that have been chemically treated to prevent fading and deterioration, these create a great Nautical Ceiling Fans style.

Besides the blade difference, outdoor fans rated for wet locations also are sealed better to keep water out. Since they are meant to be installed under a pergola or lanai where water can rain directly down onto them, these fans will have special protections against allowing water to get into the ceiling fan where it can do any harm. Most models have special rubber sheilds around the area where the 3-speed pull chains will come out from the switch housing, as well as a special rubber shield around the reverse switch, if the fan has the reverse feature. Most will also have silicone injected into the area where the wiring comes up from the motor leading to your ceiling. This is another protection to keep water out of the electrical areas of the fan that isn't needed with the damp outdoor fans.

Now that you know the difference in the two ratings and what makes one fan damp rated and the other wet rated, the next thing you should consider is airflow. When choosign an outdoor ceiling fan keep in mind that without enough airflow the fan will not keep you cool. Ceiling fans only cool by creating a wind chill effect. So, the more air it blows, the cooler you feel. Unlike an indoor area, most places outdoor fans are installed do not have four walls to keep the air contained. Also, most homes today have central air conditioning, outside the temperature is only controlled by how hot or cool the day may be. On a hot day you will need more airflow to create a greater wind chill effect from the fan to keep you cool. Because of this we recommend a larger fan for outdoor use than what you may normally choose for indoor use. It is also a good idea to look at the Energy Information Labels shown on all fans before making your decision, and in doing so only pay attention to the Airflow Cubic Feet Per Minute rating. The electricity usage rating and the airflow efficiency mean nothing as for how cool an outdoor fan can make you feel, cubic feet per minute does, and the more the better! If you were to install a ceiling fan that doesn't move enough air outside, whatever energy it uses when in operation is a complete waste of energy since the fan isn't doing its purpose in keeping you cool. Just a thought to keep in mind when reading Energy Information Labels on fans to help you decide which is the most important number to consider.

With this information we, at Palm Fan Store, hope you have a better understanding of which outdoor fan is right for you. Don't forgot though, although you should never use a damp location ceiling fan in a wet location area, there is no reason you can't use a wet location ceiling fan in a damp only area, such as a covered porch. Whether you choose Casablanca Ceiling FansCraftmade, Ellington, Gulf-Coast, Hunter Ceiling Fans or any of our other brands, the most important things is... ENJOY YOUR NEW FAN!

Installing Ceiling Fans

February 5, 2013 No comments

A beautiful ceiling fan can completely transform your home. It can create a mood, improve air circulation, and add style to your living space. But how long does it take to install a ceiling fan, and is it possible to do it yourself?

You will be pleased to know that installing one of our commercial ceiling fans is fairly simple and it doesn’t take long. Most DIY installation projects can be completed within a few hours and require the help of no more than one assistant.

Before you can begin the project, determine what type of ceiling fan is missing in your room or living area, whether it’s one of our ceiling fans with lights or small ceiling fans. Purchase the product from Palm Fan Store and wait for the shipment in the mail.

After you’ve received your ceiling fan, inventory all parts and read the instructions before starting your DIY installation. Make sure that you have all the necessary tools and materials, from drills and pliers to electrician’s tape. In addition to the instruction manual, make sure to read the safety precautions. For example, it’s important to know that you will need to turn off electrical power to the fan at the electrical panel. We also encourage you to be safe and seek professional assistance if you run into any problems. 

Installing Casablanca, Gulf-Coast, or Craftmade ceiling fans yourself is a cost-effective way to enhance your home décor. Before you hire a professional, consider installing the ceiling fan yourself.

Enhance Your Home with New Ceiling Fans

February 5, 2013 No comments

With spring around the corner, you might be searching for simple ways to spruce up your living space without spending a lot of money. A fairly easy and cost-effective home improvement project is adding new ceiling fans to your home. Whether you want to replace an outdated ceiling fan or install a new fan in every room in the house, you can enhance your home décor with contemporary ceiling fans by Palm Fan Store.

It doesn’t take much to update your home’s interior. Create a living space that is cozy and functional with the right ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be added to nearly any room in your home, from the bedrooms to the living room and even the dining room. Try adding identical flush mount ceiling fans to the bedrooms for a unified look, or install a different ceiling fan in each room to complement the room’s unique décor.

Do you want to add style and warmth to your living room? How about installing a beautiful rustic or Victorian ceiling fan in your kitchen area? We offer a wide variety of fans to choose from, making it easy for you to find one that matches your existing décor and budget.  Add custom blades to further enhance the ceiling fan and give your interiors more personality.

Modern ceiling fans do wonders for home décor – they offer air circulation, plus they’re stylish. We invite you to browse our selection of designer ceiling fans at www.palmfanstore.com. Installing a fan is not hard, and most DIY projects can be completed within an hour.

The Beauty of Victorian Ceiling Fans

January 2, 2013 No comments

Furniture and décor in the Victorian period featured a mix of various styles; however, one major quality made something exceptionally Victorian, and that was detail! In addition to contemporary and tropical ceiling fans, we carry a large selection of Victorian-style ceiling fans that are unique, romantic, and abundant with detail. These fans can be purchased for your Victorian-style home, or combined with traditional and contemporary styles. Here’s a look at our favorite Victorian Era fans available at Palm Fan Store.

The Cortana: Manufactured by Craftmade, the Cortana Fan is a modern take on an old world chandelier. We love the crystal motor housing that offers shimmering light. We also love that it uses an extreme energy efficient DC motor which can be controlled by either a handheld control or an in-wall mount remote control. One of the most chic modern ceiling fans, it features just enough Victorian detail without going over the top. Right now you can purchase this fan for as low as $653.00.

The 19th Century: Designed by Casablanca Fans, the 54 inch 19th Century Fan features detailed, complex patterns and tin-type moldings characteristic of the Victorian Era. It boasts spiral ceiling rods and centrally placed blade holders. It is impressive and elegant, and ideal for traditional homes as well as contemporary homes. This fan can be yours for as low as 829.00.

If you’re searching for a Victorian-style ceiling fan, Palm Fan Store has what you need. We offer Victorian-style ceiling fans designed by top industry brands such as Casablanca and Craftmade. Of course, our inventory also includes nautical ceiling fans, traditional ceiling fans, rustic ceiling fans, and much more!