Giving Back on National Ceiling Fan Day
September 18th is National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD), a day dedicated to reducing energy consumption by turning off your central cooling system and turning on your ceiling, desk or floor fan instead. Initiated by the Fanimation Fan Company, the campaign aims to save billions of kilowatt hours of energy. This year’s theme also encourages you to swap your old fan for a new, energy-efficient ceiling fan.
In support of NCFD, we at Del Mar Fans & Lighting wanted to raise awareness of the event while also giving back to our local community. We paired up with Grace Academy, a small private school in Ormond Beach, FL, in dire need of new ceiling fans. The school’s existing fans were dusty, rundown and in some case, unsafe to operate. We donated and installed four, brand new Hunter ceiling fans.
Out with Old Fans, In With the New Fans
We replaced the ceiling fans in the following classrooms: Ms. Overlay’s kindergarten classroom, Ms. Reiser’s first grade classroom, Ms. Larson’s third grade classroom, and Ms. Haney’s fourth grade classroom.
The ceiling fans, some of which were 40 years old, were in such bad condition they were literally falling apart. One rogue fan blade went airborne while Chalo, our installation expert, uninstalled the fan. While another ceiling fan plummeted to the ground before being full disassembled.
A+ Study Lighting
It’s back to school time. If you’re a parent, this means shopping for school supplies like paper, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to add adjustable task lighting to the list. Yes, lighting. Good lighting improves attention span, accuracy and productivity. Here are three tips for illuminating your homework or study area.
Task Lighting 101
Task lighting is an important component of any study area. Task lighting is lighting that focuses on a specific area, making it easier to complete tasks such as reading, writing or viewing a computer screen. Good task lighting reduces eye strain and mental fatigue, and can increase task performance by 16 percent.
Desk and floor lamps are ideal sources of task lighting. Consider this adjustable George Kovacs table lamp with metal shade for the right amount lighting. The metal shade prevents glare while the pivoting head allows you to customize the direction of the light to where you need it most.
Effective task lighting depends on the placement of the lamp. Place the desk lamp on the opposite side of your dominant hand so the light sweeps across the study area without creating shadows.
How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for Your Home
A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for summer. Whether you’re a first-time ceiling fan buyer or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse and help you buy a ceiling fan for your home.
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Staff Feature – Colby Harris
At Del Mar Fans and Lighting, our employees are our most valuable asset. Each month, we'll be featuring a different employee to highlight his or her value and find out what makes him or her tick. This month, we're featuring Colby Harris, one of the founders of Del Mar Fans and Lighting.
Colby is the in-house health and yoga guru. Here's what he had to say about working at Del Mar.
1. What do you like most about your job?
Being able to express my creativity in a team environment.
2. What 3 words best describe you?
Driven, analytical, helpful.
3. If you won a shopping spree at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, what would be the first thing in your cart?
4. When you’re not at work, where can we find you and what are you doing?
Surfing or hanging with my wife.
5. What is your hidden talent or super power?
Smart, Automated and Modern: the Haiku SenseME
Smart home automation is no longer a quirky phase of the 1950s. You can control the lighting, temperature and a plethora of appliances in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Now add the humble ceiling fan to that growing list. The Haiku SenseME by Big Ass Fans promises to revolutionize the ceiling fan with built-in occupancy and temperature sensors.
The Haiku SenseMe is one of the most unique ceiling fans in the market because it adapts to your unique behavior and environment. The innovative SenseME technology detects when you enter or exit a room and turns the fan on and off automatically. The device also monitors the room’s temperature and automatically adjusts the fan’s speed when there's a change in temperature and humidity. The Smart Mode learns your preferences and automatically adjusts the speed to what you find most comfortable.