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
*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.
On average, ceiling fans running on high will use about 60 watts of energy. Compare that to the average air conditioner that uses about 3,500 watts of energy.
1. WHEN CEILING FANS ARE ON IN SUMMER, TURN THE TEMPERATURE UP!
Turn on those ceiling fans in summer, but up the temperature on your thermostat. A ceiling fan doesn’t cool the air directly, but it moves the air creating a breeze affect. That’s what makes a room feel cooler (when the air moves across your skin). So crank those ceiling fans on high and set your thermostat about 4 degrees higher. You should be just as comfortable but your air conditioner will run less, saving energy and money.
2. RUN CEILING FANS COUNTER-CLOCKWISE ON HIGH IN THE SUMMER.
In the summer, run your ceiling fans on the highest setting and make sure they are spinning counter-clockwise. Most ceiling fans have this option in the form of a small switch or button on the motor. To be sure a fan is spinning counter-clockwise, stand beneath it, turn it on and if you feel the breeze immediately, then it is going the right way. The counter-clockwise motion means the fan is pushing air downward, and if centered in the middle of the room, will move the most air and create the best breeze.
3. RUN CEILING FANS CLOCKWISE ON LOW IN THE WINTER.
A ceiling fan blowing air down in the winter, would feel drafty and cause a chill. Flip the switch mentioned above so that your fan is now spinning clockwise, thus pushing air up. This forces warm air collecting near the ceiling back down into the room. In this scenario, your heater or furnace does not have to work so hard. So you may be able to turn your thermostat down a few degrees, once again maintaining comfort and still saving.
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If you’re still considering whether or not to buy ceiling fans for your home, just consider how simple these steps were and they will save you money all year long. When you do go to buy ceiling fans, just remember to make sure you have the option of changing the direction of rotation for the seasons.
CEILING FANS WITH LIGHTING
Ceiling fans with lights typically come in one of 3 options: fans with downlights, fans with uplights, and fans that combine both styles. Each type can replace ceiling mounted lights to provide an energy and cost saving lighting option, with the added benefit of cooling. Aside from having the unique incorporation of both of these functions, ceiling fans with lights can also be found in a wide variety of brands, styles, sizes, designs and colors to match any décor.
Ceiling fan lighting design planning
A well-planned lighting design is essential to creating the perfect room, and the right lighting with the gentle cooling (and even warming when needed) of a ceiling fan with lights, creates an ultimately comfortable space.
TYPES OF CEILING FAN LIGHTING
Ceiling Fans with Down Lights
To provide direct light to a room, you can use ceiling fans with downlights. These fans have lighting fixtures mounted below the fan motor. Ceiling fans and downlights are typically purchased together as complete unit, but you can also buy downlights as separate light kits and add them to an existing ceiling fan. Light kits come in all sorts of customizable lighting configurations.
Ceiling Fans with Up Lights
Ceiling fans with uplights have the light mounted on top of the ceiling fan motor, so they cast indirect light toward the ceiling. They could also be configured to cast light outward to the sides of the room, or down through the fan blades. Ceiling fans with this type of lighting are ideal for creating an elegant, but practical ambiance.
Ceiling Fans with BOTH Lights
Ceiling fans with lighting are also availlable with uplights and downlights for more flexibility. You could use use both lighting options at the same time or choose between one or the other, depending on the mood you want to create or how much light is actually needed at particular times (like tv viewing versus reading).
QUESTIONS ABOUT CEILING FANS & LIGHTING
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1. CHANGE DIRECTION OF INDOOR CEILING FANS
During the summer months, your indoor ceiling fans should spin in a counter-clockwise direction. This will blow air down, creating a wind chill effect. During winter months, reverse the motor so that blades spin clockwise and run ceiling fans at a lower speed. This will create an updraft that pushes warm air near the ceiling down into your living space.
2. ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT
This is a significant part of where you’ll see savings. If you are operating your indoor ceiling fans correctly (as described above), you should be able to turn your thermostat up (summer) and down (winter) 4 to 5 degrees without sacrificing comfort.
3. INDOOR CEILING FANS SHOULD HANG 8-9 FEET ABOVE THE FLOOR
The minimum height requirement for builders is 7 feet, but hanging your ceiling fan at 8-9 feet provides optimal airflow.
4. TURN FANS OFF WHEN YOU LEAVE THE ROOM
Many people don’t realize that ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. The wind chill effect mentioned above cools your skin, but does nothing for a room with no one in it. So leaving ceiling fans running in an empty room is actually a big waste of energy!
5. BUY ENERGY STAR® RATED CEILING FANS
Ceiling fans with the Energy Star® label will be of the highest quality and perform the most efficiently, saving energy, money and the environment. You can buy ceiling fans online and easily search by Energy Star® label at FanDiego.com.