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Originally published Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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Ceiling fans can help heat homes, too

Ceiling fans recirculate the warm air at the top of the room when the rotation is switched from summer use.

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Fans have become an extension of decorative lighting, with people returning to traditional styles with plated finishes or choosing a rustic style for a more casual look. Other fans have more natural materials, also fitting with the desire for a greener look and feel in homes.

In the winter, ceiling fans recirculate the warm air at the top of the room, which raises the temperature in the living space below if fans are switched from running counterclockwise in the summer to running clockwise in the winter. Using ceiling fans can trim heating costs by 10 percent, according to Casablanca Fan Co.

Ceiling fans with new DC motors (instead of the traditional AC motors) enable homeowners to use less electricity, said Phil Sherer, vice president of sales at Masterpiece Lighting.

A pulleylike system rotates the blades in the Brewmaster belt-driven ceiling fan by Fanimation. It not only has a unique vintage style, but the company says it cuts down on electricity costs. Blade options include cherry, walnut, rosewood, bamboo and palm leaf styles.

— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution