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Mini-fans Light Small Spaces in a Big Way

Posted by Heather Asiyanbi on Tue, March 09, 2010
Lighting small spaces can be an after thought. Homeowners put in any light fixture when really, small rooms demand just as much attention as the living room or kitchen.

Monte Carlo Fan Company offers a series of fans for small rooms and spaces that keep air moving and dark corners lit without sacrificing style.

Measuring 20" to 28", mini-fans are available in a variety of materials and finishes. Blades are configured into a number of different shapes and sizes, and mini-fans also offer a number of light kit options to meet the décor and style standards of the rest of the home.

Monte Carlo Fans specializes in trend inspired, fashion-forward, ceiling fans and accessories in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and finishes. is the online leader in home lighting and ceiling fans offering the full line of Monte Carlo ceiling fans and lighting fixtures to decorate your home. 

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Kichler Monarch Ceiling Fan Spinning Green

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, January 27, 2010

Kichler Monarch Ceiling Fans truly seem to have it all. Whether you are looking for a longer blade sweep, a better looking finish or trying to save energy, these fans deliver.

Kichler Monarch Collection

Longer Span

The Monarch Ceiling Fan Collection has a far reaching 70" blade sweep. The huge span allows for more air movement, its airflow is 5,241 cubic feet per minute when set on high. This means it does its job even in a large room. In fact, it is strong enough to take the place of two regular sized fans opening up decorating possibilities as well as saving electricity.

Greener Motor

In addition, the Monarchs use what is known in the industry as a PMDC (Permanent Magnet, Direct Current) motor. These are the fan motors of the future. What makes this really important is that these motors use 70% less energy then conventional fan motors. Yes. You heard that right. 70% less energy!

Simple, Attractive Looks

And even with all of this, The Monarch Collection doesn't fall short on looks. They have a subtle dimpled texture that flows out into the clean sweep of the blades. With a wide selection of glass and light kits, they are available in four finishes:

  • White powder with white blades
  • Wispy BrûleéTM with reversible Walnut/Cherry blades
  • Tannery Bronze® with reversible Teak/Cherry blades
  • And Oil Brushed Bronze® (our most popular finish) with reversible Cherry/Walnut blades

Kichler, the leader in decorative lighting, has really made an impact in the ceiling fan industry with its full investment to now also be a leader in ceiling fans. has all your Kichler Ceiling Fans in stock and ready to ship with Free Shipping.

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Fanimation Torto Fan is a Unique Design

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, October 08, 2009
Fanimation Fans

Put a new twist on things by adding this unique, three bladed design to your interior. The Torto is sure to be the much envied center piece of your room. Please note that its airflow is just as distinctive as its design.

Due to the shape of the blades, this fan creates an airflow unlike typical ceiling fans: It pushes air at an angle, not straight down. You will feel far more air flow when you stand next to it than when you are directly underneath it. (See illustration below.)

Fanimation Torto has all your Fanimation fans. We carry a large selection of Ceiling Fans and the entire line of Fanimation Ceiling Fans to set your home apart.  Fanimation knows how to turn heads. We are a member of the Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

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Antique Fan Museum Opens in Indiana

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 28, 2009
Ceiling Fan Museum

Fanimation has a two pronged approach in bringing product into the market place. First are its original designs and secondly reintroducing antique fans with modern safety and control features; this approach has placed Fanimation in a league of its own but as you might image, it's the antique fans that lead to a museum.

Some years ago, Tom Frampton an avid antique fan collector and owner of Fanimation Fans joined the Antique Fan Collectors Association (AFCA). The AFCA membership has operated a museum since 1997 displaying fans on loan by the membership; this museum was hosted by Vornado Fan Co. in Wichita Kansas. Last year the need to relocate the museum became apparent, and Fanimation made the offer to house it at its facility here in Zionsville. The move and set-up have taken nearly a year but July 23, 2009 saw it open. The museum houses some 450 antique fans some dating to the early 1880's. Tom's own unique collection of fans, are now part of the museum collection as hundreds of antique advertising style hand fans and other memorabilia.

For additional highlights of the Antique Fan Museum, visit their web site where you can browse the gallery of museum photos or visit the museum in person to see these relics from the past for yourself. Museum hours are Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Or call to schedule an appointment, 317-733-4113. has all your Fanimation fans. We carry a large selection of Ceiling Fans and the entire line of Fanimation Ceiling Fans to set your home apart.  Fanimation knows how to turn heads. We are a member of the Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

Tags: Ceiling Fans, Fanimation

Huge Ceiling Fan Spotted at Timber Ridge Waterpark

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, September 01, 2009

We took the family to the Timber Ridge Lodge Water Park resort at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. I highly recommend it to all of you folks in the Chicago suburbs and Southeastern Wisconsin looking to relax and get away in the Wisconsin vacation areas. It will save you a trip to Wisconsin Dells especially in the winter time.  Lake Geneva is a great resort City with a large lake, world class restaurants, golf courses, spas, and resorts.  Indoor water parks are very humid and they need a lot of air circulation to keep that air moving and keep it down towards the ground area. The Timber Ridge water park has multiple ceiling fans which are bigger then my entire living room. These are definitely large commercial applications that get your attention. See the video for yourself and let us know if you have seen bigger.

For residential applications ceiling fans have really changed with some amazing designs and styles.  No longer is it just about function. Now designer ceiling fans are as much art work or decor creating a conversation piece for your guests.  For the best ceiling fans check out the following two leading retailers. and ceiling fans from Be sure to also read our article entitled Ten Things to Know When Buying a Ceiling Fan. Free shipping on all items over $50 with top brands like Fanimation, Minka Aire, Emerson Fans, Kichler, Monte Carlo Fans, Craftmade Fans and more.

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Fanimation Enigma One Blade Ceiling Fan

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, August 24, 2009

Fanimation EnigmaFanimation makes some of the most innovative fans we have ever seen. They are considered extraordinary. The Enigma fan is an amazingly contemporary, single-blade fan. Imagine a fan weighted with only one blade to complete one revolution. The Enigma Fan was featured in the movie I, Robot. This blade-like fan looks futuristic and is a sure conversation piece for your guests. Its not just a fan but considered a piece of art. The Enigma comes with a built-in uplight, wall and remote controls and small and large center caps (both included). The Fan Blade is 60" long and rotates with three fan speeds. carries a large selection of Ceiling Fans and the entire line of Fanimation Ceiling Fans to set your home apart. Free shipping, large selection, low prices and excellent customer service.

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Ten Things to Know When Buying a Ceiling Fan

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, June 28, 2009
Ceiling FansStay Cool! Fans are a breeze if you follow our expert advice on how to go about picking one out. Ceiling Fans used to be about function and circulating air. In today's designer homes ceiling fans are not just about function, but about style as well. Many designer ceiling fans look more like art work that can be the focal point and conversation piece of a room. Ceiling fans are becoming more and more common throughout the home including bedrooms, great rooms, bathrooms and outdoors. You can add designer light kits for general lighting as well as remote controls and wall remotes which can control fan speed, direction, lighting and dimmers.  

1) Energy Savings.  Ceiling Fans are great for improving room comfort while at the same time producing energy and cost savings. Homeowners all over are seeing increased energy costs due to higher prices and it's only predicted to get worse.  There is no time like know to enjoy the benefits of owning a ceiling fan. In the summer ceiling fans allow you to feel cool with wind flow known as a "wind chill" effect. This makes a person feel cooler without having to turn the air conditioning full-on therefore saving you energy and money. Its estimated that be setting your thermostat higher with a ceiling fan running you could save up to 40% on air conditioning bills. Studies show this can make a room feel up to seven degrees cooler. In winter ceiling fans should be reversed and used to push the warm air down from the ceiling to keep heat in the lower part of the room for comfort.  This is especially important in rooms with tall ceilings. This leads to energy and money savings by keeping the heat recirculated and setting your thermostat lower.

2) Larger rooms need bigger fans.  For maximum performance, choose the right fan to fit your room size. In a room up to 50 square feet, like a bathroom, choose a 29" fan. Breakfast nooks and laundry rooms up to 75 Sq. ft. choose a 36" blade span. Medium size rooms up too 100 square feet can fit fans from 36" to 42". Standard bedrooms and family rooms up to 400 square feet work most efficiently with fans that are 50" or 52". Great rooms or large areas over 400 sq. ft. require a ceiling fan with a 54" or larger blade span.  For long or large rooms, you should consider more than one fan to handle your cooling requirements. For maximum comfort, the fan should be placed as close to the center of the room as possible. Keep blade tips at least 18 inches from any wall.

Suggested Fan Size   Application  Room Size
 29" Blade Span  Bathroom, hallways  Up to 50 sq. ft.
 36" Blade Span  Breakfast nooks, laundry rooms  Up to 75 sq. ft.
 42" Blade Span  Small bedrooms, small kitchens  Up to 100 sq. ft.
 50" or 52" Blade Span  Standard bedrooms, family rooms  Up to 400 sq. ft.
 54" or Larger Blade Span  Great rooms, large areas  Over 400 sq. ft.

3) Ceiling height and choosing a fan. Optimal placement would be 8 ft from the floor of your room in the middle of the room for maximum comfort, circulation, safety and style. Most fans right out of the box are designed to fit standard eight-foot ceilings. They typically come with a Ceiling Mount kit or a 3 - 6 inch downrod.  This puts the blades at seven feet from the floor for minimum clearance. 

Ceilings Lower Than Eight Feet. Use the Ceiling Mounting Kit or go with a Snugger or Hugger model to achieve the desired seven-foot blade clearance.

Ceilings Above Eight Feet. For ceilings above eight feet, the fan should be hung by a downrod extension so that the fan is eight or nine feet from the floor. You will want to hang it at this level since the higher the fan is hung above eight feet, the less air circulates near the floor. Select one of the accessory downrods available in lengths of Twelve (12) to Seventy Two (72) inches to achieve your desired height.

Sloped or Cathedral Ceilings Most ceiling fan manufacturers sell an optional Ceiling Mounting Kit or Sloped Mount Kit in addition to the appropriately sized downrod accommodating cathedral ceilings and sloped ceilings up to 40°.

4) Bathroom and Outdoor Ceiling Fans, look for a bathroom ceiling fan specifically designed and UL-listed for damp locations. Bathroom Ceiling Fans start at 29 inch blade spans since smaller rooms require less air movement and space is usually limited. Want one for the covered outdoor patio?  Opt for an Outdoor Ceiling Fan that this is UL-listed for wet locations. Outdoor ceiling fans can also be used indoors. They have protective motor coverings to keep moister from corroding the motor.

5) Fan blade pitch and size. Fan blades determine the amount of air being circulated throughout the room.  You will see fan blade pitch as a specification on a ceiling fan product. Fan blade pitch is usually between a 12-15 degree angle for optimal circulation. Fan blades must be weighted and matched as a balanced set to avoid having your fan wobble. Ceiling fans with less than a 12 -degree angle will not circulate air as well and be less efficient. The greater the angle or higher the pitch of the blade the more air circulation you will have in your room. Quality blades should be made with wood or acrylic. They should be sealed or covered with a protective coating to resist humidity.

6) The most important part of every ceiling fan is the motor. The motor is responsible for producing quiet operation while driving the blades for air movement. Look for high-quality motors with heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated. Emerson Fans invented the first ceiling fan motor in 1890. They know a few things about good and strong fan motors.  Other top mainstream manufacturers are Monte Carlo Fans, Casablanca Fans, and Hunter Fans. The high-end designer scene is dominated by architectural fans from Fanimation, Minka-Aire, and Tommy Bahama Fans.  Smaller, less powerful motors found on lower quality fans may produce higher operating temperatures, lower air circulation and noisier operation. Motors are designed to work flawlessly for long periods of time and should have a long lasting life.

7) Choose a lighting style and kit to match. Too add that finishing touch or general lighting, add a lighting kit to your ceiling fan.  Many fans have one included or give you many options to choose from. Choose from classic to contemporary lights to compliment the look of your fan and your room. There are many light options such as single light bowls, spotlights, or multiple glass shades that can be added to a fitter to enhance the design. Adding a light kit can also be added to match your home décor. Designer line fans may come equipped with uplighting as it creates a more relaxed environment especially at night. Light reflecting off the ceiling creates more of a mood effect than general downlighting.

8) Consider your home's style. If you want the fan to be part of your home's décor, look for colors and detail that are complimentary. Ceiling fans are no longer just about function, many are designed to set the tone for a room. If you are looking for a conversation piece then a designer fan is the way to go. If you want the fan to "disappear", select one that is the color of the ceiling and a little less designer or ornamental. Remember that a high quality finish on the fan blades will resist blistering, tarnishing, fading and corrosion while less advanced finishes can be very fragile and start to peel, bubble and corrode quickly. Brass finishes on the housing are long lasting, scratch resistant and never need polishing. Painted finishes are thick, rich and durable.  We always recommend that you get what you pay for and usually the more you spend the more you get.  This includes fan size, motor power, design and materials.  Also look to see if remotes or wall controls are included. Its worth the money to control all the fans options from a remote without having to get up from your chair.  

9) Consider the warranty. When you choose to purchase a ceiling fan, look for a good warranty or the life of your fan.  Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty and in-home service. Good tip is that the larger or more powerful the motor and the more you spend usually correlates to the better and longer warranted fan. Again, we believe there is a true correlation in terms of you get what you pay for.

10) Installation is so easy that with a few basic skills anyone can install the product themselves in an hour or so. Almost all ceiling fans come with step by step instructions so your new fan can be up and working efficiently in no time at all.  You will need to determine if you will need electrical wiring brought to the ceiling of the room where you want to add the fan. Since most of the time homeowners are replacing existing lights with a ceiling fan, the wiring is usually already in place. Some fans come with a support system to assist you by freeing your hands to make wiring connections allowing you to hang a hook from the electrical box to the fan to support it while you install it.

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Kichler Launches Decorative Ceiling Fan Line

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, June 02, 2009
New Fan Line will Compliment Existing Lighting Families

Kichler® Lighting, the world's leading decorative lighting fixture company, now has a full decorative line of Ceiling Fans to compliment its well known lighting collections. No need to try matching another brand, homeowners now have an exciting and appealing way to match their interior Kichler® lighting with Kichler® ceiling fans of the same style and color. Kichler's decorative fan debut introduces companion fans to the brands most popular lighting families. Designed to appeal to a variety of tastes, consumers can now match their ceiling fans to chandeliers, sconces, pendants and other lighting fixtures in their homes. and are proud to be a leading online retailer of Kichler Ceiling Fans.

Kichler Ceiling FansCeiling fans are proven to help reduce energy costs. In the summer months you can use ceiling fans to get a wind chill effect to feel comfortable and cool without wasting air conditioning. During colder winter months, set your fan on reverse to re-circulate the warm air down that rises to the ceiling. This will conserve energy and save money on unnecessary heating bills. Kichler's beautiful ceiling fans: The Air of Distinction.

Each Kichler® ceiling fan includes a matching light kit and is accompanied by a newly designed, small, battery-powered remote. The remote is designed for mounting over a traditional wall switch plate, but can be used both in and out of its base for fan control anywhere in the room. The remote control adds convenience with its sleek and innovative design.

Kichler® has added fans, all available in multiple finishes, to match the following Kichler® families: Chicago TM , Circolo TM , Cottage Grove TM , Golden Iridescence TM, High-Country TM, Heather TM, Hendrick TM, Humbolt TM, KimberlyTM, LarissaTM, Meredith TM, Olympia TM, Rochelle TM, Structures and Wilton TM.

Tags: Ceiling Fans, Kichler

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