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Tougher Energy Conservation Standards Adopted for Ceiling Fans

Friday, January 20, 2017
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The Department of Energy is imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans after concluding that the amended standards would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified. This final rule will be effective as of March 20 but compliance will only be required for covered products manufactured in or imported into the U.S. on and after Jan. 21, 2020.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act defines a ceiling fan as a non-portable device suspended from a ceiling for circulating air via the rotation of fan blades. Included in the coverage of the new standards are hugger fans (set flush to the ceiling) and fans capable of producing large volumes of airflow. Excluded are belt-driven ceiling fans, centrifugal ceiling fans, oscillating ceiling fans, ceiling fans whose blades’ plane of rotation cannot be within 45 degrees of horizontal, or highly decorative fans.

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