Posted on June 20, 2014 by Miller and Smith Blog Team
One of these things is not like the other: gulping a glass of icy, cold lemonade, a refreshing dip in the swimming pool and kicking your feet up and lounging under a fan in your living room. With a good book, of course. Yes, all of these things are great ways to tame the dog days of summer that are upon us, but only one of these things can save you money in the process. Not only can the addition of ceiling fans in your Miller and Smith home add comfort and style, but they can also help to lower your energy costs, too. If you don’t take our word for it, listen to the experts, our partners at Progress Lighting. Here are the top five reasons why life truly is so much easier when you just chill out.
1. Ceiling fans lower energy costs
Ceiling fans can help lower your electric bill by up to 30 to 40 percent. While a ceiling fan doesn’t actually decrease the temperature of a room, the draft makes the room feel cooler – allowing you to raise the thermostat and be just as comfortable.
Design Tip: Energy Star-rated fans, such as Progress Lighting’s AirPro P2530-09 fan (shown above), are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fan and light units, offering additional energy savings.
2. Ceiling fans are a style driven accessory
Ceiling fans are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes to complement your unique interior style. Fans are more than just functional; they can serve as a statement piece or focal point of a room.
Design Tip: Interchangeable blade sets – such as the Progress Lighting Palm Blade Set (shown above) – allow you to easily reinvent the design of your fan without replacing the entire unit.
3. Ceiling fans offer versatility from room-to-room
Whether a living area, bedroom, screened-in porch or kitchen, ceiling fans contribute to an enjoyable environment in almost any room of the home. Plus, the more fans used throughout the home, the greater the savings on your energy bill.
4. Ceiling fans provide beautiful and functional illumination
Ceiling fans with lights allow you to contribute to the layered lighting design of your room. Select a fan with a built-in light, or easily install a fan light kit, for general illumination benefits.
Design Tip: Choose a light kit that coordinates with the fixtures and appliances in other areas of your home. Many of Progress Lighting’s light kits are part of larger lighting families, such as the Trinity collection, (shown above), taking the guesswork out of the selection process.
5. Ceiling fans add year-round value
Many people are unaware that ceiling fans can be used to circulate warm air during cooler months of the year. By running the blades clockwise, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling without creating a draft.
Design Tip: Select a fan equipped with a reversible motor, such as Progress Lighting’s Trevina fan, to easily change the direction of your fan blades to create a comfortable living environment any time of the year.
Miller & Smith Homes has partnered with Progress Lighting to bring you the latest ceiling fan designs and offer you all the functional benefits these units have to offer.
To learn more about ceiling fans, and for other design tips and inspiration, visit http://www.progresslighting.com, or connect with Progress Lighting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram.