According to ENERGY STAR®, if every American home replaced just five high-use light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, each family would save more than $60 every year in energy costs, and together keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air, which roughly equals the emissions of eight million cars.
ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 66 percent less energy than your standard incandescent light bulb and last up to 10 times longer. The Broan and NuTone Fluorescent Recessed Fan/Lights feature a 14-watt fluorescent bulb, making the product ENERGY STAR-qualified. For these same reasons, these models are California Title 24-compliant.
The Fluorescent Recessed Fan/Light is designed to coordinate with major lighting manufacturers' recessed light kits and can be placed in a series of recessed lights or on its own, blending seamlessly into your décor. In a bathroom, it helps control humidity and odor. In a kitchen or other high-traffic room, it helps keep air fresh and comfortable.
"So many of our customers have asked, 'Why didn't someone think of this before?'" says Patrick Nielsen, senior product manager for Broan-NuTone. "Not only does this product help them decrease energy costs, but it is stylish and can be used in almost any room in the home."
For bathrooms up to 100 square feet in area, the Home Ventilating Institute recommends an exhaust fan provide one cubic foot/minute (CFM) per square foot (approximately eight air changes per hour) for proper ventilation. The recessed fan/light exhausts 70 CFM of air and works inconspicuously, emitting just 1.5 Sones, less than half the noise volume of a traditional house fan. Ventilating products are measured in Sones, and one Sone roughly equals the sound of a quiet refrigerator when operating in a quiet kitchen. Working undercover, the recessed fan/light removes odor and humidity from bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, closets and smoking rooms.
With this new product, homeowners can save time and money by installing two products at once, decreasing energy costs and providing less hassle and expense.