SIDS is one of the leading causes of death among infants one month through one year of age in the United States, claiming the lives of almost 2,500 infants in the US each year - nearly 7 babies every day. (1) SIDS deaths occur unexpectedly and quickly to apparently healthy infants, usually during periods of sleep.
Although the cause of SIDS is still unknown, one theory thought to cause SIDS is the rebreathing of built up exhaled carbon dioxide around the infant’s nose and mouth.
De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, MPH, a senior research scientist at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, set out to test whether increasing the ventilation in infant’s rooms would decrease SIDS risk.
The study found that the use of a ceiling fan in an infant’s room reduced the risk of SIDS by 72%, compared to rooms without a ceiling fan. (2)
The study also found that opening a window in an infant's room reduced the risk of SIDS by 36% compared to babies who slept in a room with closed windows, though this connection was not statistically significant, according to the researchers.
The Healthy Child Care of America (HCCA) Back to Sleep Campaign launched in 1994 has reached the masses of the relation to reduced SIDS risk and putting infants to sleep on their backs, but “the relation between room ventilation and reduced SIDS risk has received little attention,” the study reports.
“If parents wanted to do more to reduce the baby’s SIDS risk, they can add a fan,’’ Dr. Li said.
(1) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
(2) The study can be found in the October 2008 issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=380273#RESULTS
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*For more installation tips and ceiling fan replacement parts, visit Fandiego.com. One of the most common questions people have about ceiling fans is how to go about installing them. Before installing a ceiling fan it is important to know the step by step process of precautions and instructions of how to install your ceiling fan yourself. Our ceiling fan installation process provides clear instructions on how to do it yourself even if you aren’t a home improvement expert. First step to installing your ceiling fan is checking that your junction box is “ceiling fan rated” to ensure it can hold the fan properly. Make sure you turn off your power in your home for your own safety before doing any electrical work. This post is going to assume that you have a fan rated junction box that is properly anchored to a stud or appropriate support. Start with the blade assembly. Attach the blades to the blade irons and then the blade irons to the motor housing. This part of the assembly can be a little challenging because the parts are a little awkward. Here’s a little trick to make the assembly a little easier. After you have removed the Styrofoam support that held the motor in place in the box and removed the motor, turn the Styrofoam upside down (so the motor sits into it) and place it back into the box. Now, place the motor housing in the Styrofoam so the bottom of the fan is facing you. This little makeshift “cradle” will hold the fan in place while you attach the fan blades to the motor. I know some of you have seen the picture with the guy on the ladder putting the blades on the fan – but trust me, this way is much more efficient and you will cut your ladder time down to a third. Once you have attached the blades, flip the fan over in your makeshift fan stand so that it is sitting with the blades on the box. Now, attach the down rod, cut the wires to the appropriate length and connect your remote control receiver if you have one. If your fan has a light kit, flip the fan back over on your makeshift fan stand so the down rod is going into the Styrofoam and the blades are facing you again. Attach your light kit. Now, you have a full assembled fan. Time to climb the ladder and attach the mounting bracket to your junction box. Once this is done, you can carry the fan up the ladder (most fans are between 15 and 25lbs ) and set the entire, assemble fan into the mounting bracket. Make your electrical connections and secure your canopy and you are done. Your total time on the ladder could be as little at two minutes and possibly up to ten if you run into a few challenges. If you are installing a new fan that has come with a remote or wall remote system, take the time to read the steps that are necessary to sync the fan with its controls to ensure proper operation.
Ceiling fans are certainly a modern convenience, but contemporary styles may not always suit a traditionally styled home. Fortunately, there are ample options available for both vintage ceiling fans and contemporary fans.
BEST VINTAGE CEILING FANS
If you are a fan of vintage style ceiling fans, you may find that Emerson can provide you with just the look you want for your home.
Monaco Fan by Emerson
If you are looking for a vintage style fan that is unassuming yet still beautiful, the Emerson - Monaco is a great option. Featuring a 60" span, this fan boasts a beautiful Golden Espresso finish that will complement the look of almost any décor. The hand-carved vintage black blades add another element of elegance to this fan. If you wish, the hand-carved blades can also be replaced with a different style to more specifically suit your décor, if you desire.
Zurich Fan by Emerson
The Zurich fan, also by Emerson, offers a more ornate look than the Monaco. The design of this fan is somewhat reminiscent of Old-World styling, making it ideal for many different decors. Thanks to the distinctive flowing style of this fan, you can rest assured that it will add an elegant touch to your home. With its 52" blade span, this fan can also be relied upon to keep you comfortably cool. This fan is also light fixture adaptable to ensure a more complete fit for your home décor. An oil rubbed bronze finish and medium oak/dark cherry blades complete the look of this vintage style fan.
BEST CONTEMPORARY CEILING FANS
While vintage style fans can add a touch of elegance to your home, they may not suit your modern décor. When that is the case, you will find that there are plenty of options that will keep your home cool as well as beautiful.
Curva Sky Fan by Emerson
If you are looking for a ceiling fan that will introduce the look of cool, clean lines into your home, the Curva Sky by Emerson is certainly worth considering. Featuring a lovely brushed steel finish and opal matte glass, this contemporary fan will make a welcome addition to any modern décor. Thanks to the compact design of the Curva Sky, you can also rest assured that it will fit into practically any setting. The option to add a light fixture makes this fixture not only fashionable but also completely functional.
Tilo Fan by Emerson
With its two-tone design, the Tilo ceiling fan by Emerson offers the epitome of modern elegance. A brushed steel finish is complemented by curved dark cherry blades to create a distinctive design that is certain to attract notice in any room of your home.
If you are interested in having a new vintage style or contemporary ceiling fan installed in your home, we will be happy to work with you at Fan Diego and find a style that will keep you cool and your home looking great.
Just as fashion changes each season, ceiling fans have fashion trends too – which is why we are so excited about the Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans. These fans are truly some of the best ceiling fans, providing the perfect blend of form, function, and design.
MINKA AIRE STYLE
Although Minka Aire indoor ceiling fans have a style all their own, they come in a variety of decorative styles to fit every home, whether that home be in a traditional style, modern style, or anything in between. In truth, there are more than 60 collections available within the Minka Aire line of ceiling fans alone!
Wing fans come in wood finishes with a single arched blade circling the pendulum. Others include ornate metal work carefully sculpted around lighting fixtures beneath beautifully crafted wooden blades. Yet others still bring in steel-like metals for a clean, modern look.
The variety is endless and the craftsmanship remains flawless across the entire line.
Down to the Detail
One of the great things about Minka Aire ceiling fans is that every detail is so beautifully planned. These ceiling fans allow the owner to get the truly perfect finishes each and every time – in fact, there are more than 80 finishes available for the Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans. Beyond the standard white, oil rubbed bronze, chrome, and brushed nickel, there is a variety of exciting and customized looks, such as Vineyard Patina, a gold-like finish with flecks of red-brown patina throughout or the array of wood finishes, including maple, mahogany, variations of koa, and walnut, to name just a few.
These ceiling fans have the perfect finish to satisfy even the most particular and refined of tastes.
INDOOR CEILING FANS GO GREEN
One of the most sensible features of the Minka Aire indoor ceiling fans is their energy efficiency. Going green may be more a lifestyle than a hot trend in itself – and Minka Aire is happy to keep green living as an important part of its offerings. There are nearly 70 fans in Minka Aire’s current collection of ceiling fans alone. Energy Star certified ceiling fans can be found through every design style and with fans featuring anywhere from one to five blades – not to mention indoor ceiling fans with lighting.
The Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans truly has something to offer to everyone. Though the collections provide a wide variety in finishes, styles, and amenities, each of the Minka Aire ceiling fans provide superior performance and maximum comfort.
For more information about our Minka Aire ceiling fans, call us at 800-240-6267 or visit one of our four Southern California showrooms. You can also buy ceiling fans online.