Ceiling Fans

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), ceiling fan means a nonportable device that is suspended from a ceiling for circulating air via the rotation of fan blades. 10 CFR 430.2. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has had the authority to regulate the energy efficiency level of ceiling fan since 2005.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

Round Robin Testing for Ceiling Fans

DOE, with the support of the American Lighting Association (ALA), announces the initiation of a round robin test program for ceiling fans. The objective of the program is to compare test results from a group of participating test labs on a controlled sample of ceiling fan units to assess repeatability and reproducibility. The round robin testing will document the variability of test results, both within a single test lab (repeatability) and from test lab to test lab (reproducibility), and seek to identify the potential contributors to variability. The results will form the basis of recommended corrective actions for facilities and may highlight areas of clarification of the DOE test procedure.

For further details, download Round Robin Testing FAQ and laboratory application packet.


For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE has published a confirmation of rulemaking notice in the Federal Register announcing the completion of a review of the final rule amending energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, published on January 19, 2017 and confirming that compliance date of that rule remains January 21, 2020. 82 FR 23723  (May 24, 2017).

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. 82 FR 6826 (January 19, 2017)

The ceiling fan energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-STD-0045 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


 

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule; technical correction pertaining to ceiling fans. 81 FR 54721 (August 17, 2016).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to ceiling fans. 81 FR 48620 (July 25, 2016).

The ceiling fans test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-TP-0050  contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Ceiling fans manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 430.32(s)(1).



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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for ceiling fans.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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