What To Consider When Choosing A Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are a really effective way to help cool your home during the warmer months by circulating air and creating a breeze. One of their greatest benefits is they operate at a low cost using less power to run than a standard light bulb.
While the cost benefit advantages of ceiling fans are clear, what can get a little confusing is selecting the right fan for your situation. There are many different options available but there are a few standard features that can be decided when choosing a ceiling fan. Each of these is discussed below.
Ceiling Fan Blades
Ceiling fans are available in 3 to 6 blades with 4 bladed fans being the most common. The blades can be made of metal, plastic or wood with the latter producing the least amount of noise. Metal blades are the most efficient in producing air flow.
Another consideration when it comes to blades is the more blades, the more energy is required to run the fan. For example, 5 blade fans are more expensive to run than a 3 blade fan.
The pitch of the blades will also influence air flow. A blade that is parallel to the floor won’t move much air compared to a blade that is pitched on an angle. It is important to select a fan with the blades pitched at an optimum angle (12 to 20 degrees).
Ceiling Fan Size
The size of the fan will influence the amount of air it can move and it is important to choose the right size for each room to maximise energy savings and comfort. For example, if the fan is too small, it won’t provide a high enough level of air circulation and will cost more to run as you try to achieve the desired amount of air flow. Similarly, if the fan is too big, it will make the room uncomfortable and provide a greater air flow than required. So, getting the fan size right is important (and this is where your electrician can help).
The size of the fan is determined by the blade size and these can range from 900mm (36”) up to 1400 mm (56”). The bigger the room, the bigger the blade size that is required.
Most fans come with a reversible feature which means they can change the rotational direction of the blades to operate anti-clockwise. This feature allows the fan to be used during winter months by pushing warm air from heaters down along the walls to keep rooms warmer. It also helps to reduce the cost of running of heaters.
Once the weather warms up, it is easy to switch the fan back into the clockwise direction and push air down into the room for cooling.
Ceiling Fan Controller
Fan controllers are available as a wall mount or remote control. The remote control option makes the operation of the fan easy and convenient, however is not always deemed necessary. There are also different levels of control available with some fans providing three levels of control, while others may provide more.
Ceiling Fan Design
This is where the look of the fan becomes important. As already mentioned, fans can be made in a range of materials – wood, plastic, metal – but there are also many different finishes and features that can be included. In selecting the right fan, it will be necessary to balance budget with aesthetics as the more design features that are incorporated into the product, the more it will cost. Simple and plain fans will do the job economically and in many cases are more than adequate.
Another consideration is whether or not the fan will need a light. This will depend on its positioning within the room relative to the lighting. A ceiling fan with a light is not always required but there are plenty of options available.
To choose the right fan for your home, consider each of the features above. Once you have a checklist of features, selection of the right fan will be much easier. Consulting with your electrician can also help and they can supply and install it for you (all ceiling fans must be installed by a licensed electrician).
If you need help with choosing the right fan for your home, contact us at PRO Electricians and we’ll be glad to help.
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