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The Department of Energy has postponed from March 21 to Sept. 30 the effective date of a final rule imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. However, compliance with this final rule is still only 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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