The right ceiling fan can make your room feel up to 8 degrees cooler than it actually is. It's called the "wind chill effect," and it makes you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on your skin.
So what is the "right" fan for your room? The biggest one that fits the space. You want a fan that's going to move the most air around with the least amount of effort, and a fan with a larger diameter can move more air than a smaller one at the same speed.
Here are some guidelines for fan sizes based on room size from the American Lighting Association:
The moral of the story? Ceiling fans may be unsightly to most. But if you're serious about cooling down and saving dough, you need to go big.
Read More: American Lighting Association
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