July 12, 2016

Ceiling Fans for the Winter

You may be surprised to know that ceiling fans can save you money on your heating bills as well! During the winter, the warm air warm air rises to the ceiling and the cold air remains closer to the floor. In order to force the warm air down, turn the fan on reverse (clockwise when looking up at the fan). This will pull the cold air upwards pushing the warm air up against the ceiling and back down the walls, warming up the room without you feeling any breeze. We recommend putting it on a low setting in the winter which does the job and you can be sure there wont be an air flow felt.Using a ceiling fan efficiently can shave up to 10 per cent off your annual heating costs.

In the summer, the fan should rotate counter-clockwise, pushing the air down which creates an air flow on the person standing underneath. The fan doesn't actually cool down the room and therefor leaving it on when no one is in the room is a waste of electricity.

It's worth mentioning that some people like to always put on the reverse setting because the direct air flow bothers them. In such a case it should definitely be on a high setting in order to get the air moving and create a cooling effect.

July 12, 2016

The Matthews Fan Company Story

Chuck Matthews founded the Matthews Fan company in his home town of Chicago in 1992.  Marketing their products under the brand names, "Matthews-Gerbar" and "Atlas," Matthews' goal is to build visually appealing and superbly functioning ceiling and wall fans with identifiable personality.In business since 1992, Matthews’ fans are functional, innovative and suitable for both residential and commercial applications. The Matthews-Gerber fans are individually handmade from either solid, ecologically harvested Brazilian mahogany fan heads without blade guards or metal fan heads with metal blade guards while the Atlas fans are produced in china .These retro style fans are  bold alternatives to ordinary paddle-style ceiling fans and are sure to be a conversation piece for your guests!

 All fans come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and are UL listed.  Matthews Fan Company is incorporated and based in Libertyville, IL, forty miles north of the city of Chicago.


July 11, 2016

What size shoud my ceiling fan be?

The width(blade span) and height of  your ceiling fan is important for  looks, performance and safety.  

Ceiling fan width

AS A RULE OF THUMB: Choose the largest blade span that will fit into the space and remain aesthetically pleasing. 

 Here are the general rules for what blade span will work for your space.

For rooms 15' x 15' and larger.

Fans that have a blade span of 55" and up are perfect for spacious master bedrooms, open game rooms, large living rooms, or rooms with high ceilings. Particularly if the ceilings are higher than 10'.

Be sure to check the CFM rating for larger ceiling fans, look for fans that produce at least 7,000 CFM. Another option for very large rooms would be to purchase multiple standard size fans dual head fans with high CFM ratings.


For rooms 10' x 10' - 12' x 12'.

Fans that have a blade span from 45" to 55" are the most common size and can be used in living rooms, dens, bedrooms, dining rooms, large kitchens, game rooms, or studios. For larger than 15' rooms, you can consider using two fans like this.


For rooms 6' x 6' - 10' x 10'.

Fans that have a blade span from 37" to 44" are best used in small bedrooms and kids rooms, as well as smaller home offices.


For spaces  6' x 6' or less.

Fans that have a blade span from 24" to 36" should be used in very small rooms such as bathrooms, walk-in closets, kitchens and hallways, garages and laundry rooms. We do not recommend fans this small for kids rooms since they can normally use a medium sized or large sized fan for better circulation.


Ceiling fan height 

For a ceiling that is lower then 7.5 feet, for safety reasons you'l need to get a hugger/flushmount fan.

As a general rule, for the strongest air flow, your ceiling fan should hang not more than 8 or 9 feet from the floor. For high or vaulted ceilings, purchase a downrod that will bring the fan down to the right height and make sure the fan has a long enough pull chain or comes with a wall switch or remote control

If you don't need a hugger fan we do not recommend it because the air flow is usually not very strong being that it's so close to the ceiling