Ceiling Fan Guide

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Everything you need to know about ceiling fans

Ceiling fans have evolved from luxury to essential home appliances, offering lots of benefits to homeowners. In fact, ceiling fans are now a necessity and it’s quite hard to imagine a world without them. Indeed, ceilings do offer an excellent and cost-effective way for homeowners to feel cooler during the summer’s sweltering heat and warmer during the relatively cold seasons. What’s more, they are highly versatile and can be used in both outdoor and indoor settings.

Regarding their functionality, it is important to note that these innovative devices don’t actually cool or warm the air. Instead, they function by creating a cooling effect on your body. What this means is that you should never leave your ceiling fans on when you are not around because you’ll be wasting energy. Switch them on only when you are around because they only cool your body.

When used appropriately, ceiling fans will not only help make your room more comfortable but also significantly reduce your energy bills as well as adding a splash of decorating beauty and style to your home. Simply put, there are a lot of reasons why you should look to get an electrician to install a ceiling fan in your home.

What are the benefits of ceiling fans?

Reduced monthly energy costs

Did you know that ceiling fans may help lower your monthly energy costs by up to 30%? By creating a comfortable atmosphere inside the room, the use of ceiling fans allows you to adjust your thermostat accordingly, ensuring you use less energy.

They offer versatility

You might think that these devices are just for your summer application. If you didn’t know, a significant number of ceiling fans have a button on the base which allows you to set the blades to rotate in reverse direction.

This helps to drive the trapped warm air in the ceiling inside the room thus creating a warming effect. Of course, this also helps to reduce your monthly energy costs because you’ll set your thermostat accordingly.

They are equally style-oriented accessories

There are many types of ceiling fans on the market with different styles in terms of colour, design and shape. As a result, it is quite easy to get the perfect combination that may complement your home decor. What’s more, a good number of ceiling fans come equipped with a lighting fixture which homeowners can use to create a fantastic, layered texture of lights to their rooms.

Can be installed in any room

Perhaps one more point to note is that ceiling fans are not only meant for living room use. In fact, you can install these useful components in your bedroom, kitchen, patio and any other area you may want to have regular air circulation.

How to choose a ceiling fan?

First and foremost, it is imperative to mention that ceiling fans are either designed for outdoor or indoor use. Outdoor fans offer a great way to cool your home on hot days. You can add them to your outside porches. However, the problem only comes when choosing indoor fans.

There are many things that you’d have to consider. How big is your room? What’s the right size fan? How many blades? How powerful is the ceiling fan? What about the design?

Some features that you will need to consider when selecting:

Get the right size

Fans aren’t your one-size-fits-all devices. They are available in a broad range of sizes, ranging from 14 to 72 inches wide. Make sure you purchase the right fan that fits the needs of your room. You’d want to seek the guidance of an electrician to help you choose the right size.

Basically, a bigger room would need a big fan and vice versa. If your fan is too small for your room, it will not likely circulate sufficient air in your room. On the other hand, if it’s too big, it will overpower the room thus making it uncomfortable.

Motor specs

Did you know that there are lower and higher-powered fan motors? Powerful motors will work efficiently, producing optimal airflow and won’t overheat easily as well. Another important factor to consider is whether the bearings are sealed or not. In that regard, a motor that features sealed bearing won’t be noisy and again, you’ll not need to lubricate it regularly.

The nature of the blades

The standard blade number is four. However, it is also common to come across a fan having less than four blades. Other than the number, other major differences include the blade material and the blade pitch angle. Fans are either made of plastic, metal or wood, which each material offering its own advantages and disadvantages. Durability, noise generation and aesthetic appeal are important notes to consider regarding the material.

The blade pitch of a ceiling fan refers to the angle of the blades relative to the fan. The higher the blade pitch, the more efficient the fan, however, this is not always the case because other variables must equally be perfect. For a perfect functionality, your blade needs to be pitched between 10 to 22 degrees.

Efficiency

This is measured by the amount of airflow produced per wattage of energy consumed. The efficiency of a fan equally depends on the quality of the motor, right blade size and the pitch of the blade.

Choosing a ceiling fan may not be an easy task as you may have thought! Perhaps your best bet to finding the best combination that fits your needs and preference is to seek the help of a qualified technician.

The electricians from Gordon Powers are well-equipped with the knowledge and tools to install any ceiling fan safely in your home. There is no better time to install these unique, multipurpose devices, then now with summer coming up.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with your electrical problems! Simply contact on 9199 7480 to get your ceiling fan professionally installed.

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