Ceiling Fans

Why a Ceiling Fan?

Ceiling fans have been around for centuries as they are incredibly versatile. Fans have the ability to enhance the comfort and beauty of your home with all their shapes, sizes and functions. Ceiling fans today are able to be used in both summer and winter as they are able to circulate air in both directions allowing you to reduce energy costs all year round. Ceiling fans have the ability to illuminate and become a focal point of any living space.

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Options to consider when selecting a Ceiling Fan:

Location:

The first factor to consider when purchasing a Ceiling Fan is its location. Will the Ceiling Fan be for indoor or outdoor use, how close the blades will be to the lighting sources to avoid strobing and how high is the ceiling, will you require extension rods to lower the Ceiling Fan?

Avoid installing Ceiling Fans in front of lighting beams to avoid Strobing.

Motor:

Generally the difference between a high quality ceiling fan and a low quality ceiling fan is quality of the motor. Low quality ceiling fans generally have less power and are covered with a thin metal meaning the motor won’t last as long and may cause undesirable noises while functioning.

High quality Ceiling fans generally have a more powerful motor, use heavier gauge steel for the motor case and are correctly sealed making the high quality ceiling fan quiet, durable and more visually attractive for the extended years it will last.  

Size:

Selecting the correct ceiling fan size is more important than most people think. Having the correct size fan will help circulate enough air making the room comfortable and energy efficient.

If the ceiling fan is too large for the room it will circulate too much air making the experience unpleasant, contrary if a ceiling fan is too small for the room not enough air will circulate. If you happen to select the wrong fan size please note that most fans have different sized blades available for an additional cost.

Here is a guideline to help with selecting the correct Ceiling Fan size:

Room Size Blade Size Rooms Less than Example
Less than 6m2 48" or Less
2.5m x 2.5m Hallways
6 - 12m2 48" - 52"
3.5m x 3.5m Small Kitchen, Small Bedroom
12 - 18m2 52" 4.5m x 4.5m Kitchen, Bedroom
18 - 25m2 52" or Larger
5m x 5m Living or Family Room
Larger then 25m2 Multiple fans Required Greater than 25m2  

Blades:

One of the first things to consider when selecting a Ceiling Fan is its location. Will the Ceiling Fan be indoor or outdoor and how exposed is it to the elements. Ceiling fans are generally made from wood, plastic or steel.

For indoor use any of the three materials can be used depending on the location of the Ceiling fan. If a Ceiling Fan is expected to be exposed to moisture in a kitchen or bathroom then a more durable material is required. 

Steel blades are more efficient and longer lasting but can cause undesirable noises at high speeds.

For outdoor use generally more durable materials are used like plastic and steel however if a wooden look is desired specialized outdoor wooden blades are available but can be expensive and won’t last as long as plastic and steel.

Another factor to consider when selecting an outdoor Ceiling Fan is the level of exposure to the elements and how close are you to the ocean where salt water corrosion is a factor. Most outdoor Ceiling Fans have an associated IP rating to help guide you to selecting the correct water resistant Ceiling Fan needed.

Most outdoor Ceiling Fans are only splash proof and can’t withstand direct exposure to pouring rain.

If you live around a coastal environment such as oceans and beaches it is important select material that is marine grade to help avoid corrosion. A common material selected is marine grade stainless steel (316) as it is the most resistant steel but not completely rust proof.

It is recommended to clean Outdoor Ceiling Fans regularly to avoid corrosion and ensure a longer lifetime of the Ceiling Fan.

Pitch:

The Pitch refers to the angle of attack of the blades and is generally between 12 and 23o for Ceiling fans. The greater the blade pitch the greater the amount of air the ceiling fan will circulate.

Accessories:

Ceiling fans have come a long way since their early development over a century ago. Today Ceiling Fans have a range of accessories with a variety of Blades, Lighting Kits, Remotes and Down Rods.

Lighting Kits:

Should you decided to replace the main light in a room or add addition light you have an option of selecting a Ceiling Fan that has an integrated lighting source.

Not all Lighting Kits are compatible with Ceiling Fans from different manufacturers.

Remote Controls:

With the world going wireless you are able to purchase Wireless Remotes for your Ceiling Fan. Having a wireless remote gives you the option to not install a wall control and just use a remote or having both options.

Wireless Remotes can go missing or brake easy.

Down Rods:

Ceiling Fans operate effectively between 2.4 and 3m above the floor, if you have a High Ceiling it is recommended to add a Down Rod to lower the Ceiling Fan to the correct height. Adding a Down Rod is not crucial as a higher Ceiling Fan will still circulate air just not as concentrated.