Ceiling fans are an extremely effective way of cooling your home. Most Ceiling Fans use only about as much power as a 60 watt light bulb. They can save you money on energy bills in both Summer and Winter and use far less energy compared to Air Conditioning. Even when used in conjunction with air conditioning they can substantially reduce your overall energy consumption.
While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulatory breeze. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills.
In the winter months, you should run your ceiling fan on slow in the reverse mode. This pushes warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently re-circulating warm air through the room. This can help lower heating costs.
DC Ceiling Fans
Direct Current (DC) motors convert an incoming power supply from AC (Alternating Current) to DC (Direct Current), which is significantly lower power than AC. This results in the fan operating at a lower wattage.
DC fans have a high airflow, whisper quiet operation, up to 6 speed settings, which gives you more control and reduced energy consumption.
DC fans use approximately 40% less power but does not compromise on the airflow
The difference between a 3, 4 or 5 blade Ceiling Fan
The number of blades on a fan has nothing to do with efficiency, just a matter of personal design taste. The performance of a ceiling fan is determined by 3 main factors:
· Motor speed (RPM's).
· Blade design & pitch (angle of the blade in relation to the motor).
· Distance between Ceiling Fan blades and the ceiling.
Pitch is the angle of the blade in relation to the motor, the greater the pitch the greater the movement of air volume.
Are some Ceiling Fans more powerful and quieter than others?
An important consideration to look at when purchasing a Ceiling Fan is the power (RPM's) of the motor. Motors
are measured in watts, often indicating how powerful the motor is however the RPM's of the Ceiling Fan will vary depending on the resistance on the motor caused by the length and pitch of the blades. The speed of the motor, along with the rest of the design, can have an impact on how the Ceiling Fan operates and the noise it creates.
Metal Vs Timber and Plastic Blades
Ceiling Fans with metal blades generate a slightly higher level of air movement noise, due to the finer leading edge of the blade slicing the air, and therefore are not recommended for bedrooms. Timber or plastic blades are ideal for bedrooms as they produce minimal noise.
Hang Sure Canopy
Hang Sure Canopies (Cathedral Canopy) allows the Ceiling Fan to be hung from a sloped or cathedral ceiling and allow the Ceiling Fan to find its own true centre of gravity, which reduces wobbling and noises caused by undesired wobbling.
Additional Source of Lighting
If you require a light on your fan you will need to purchase a fan that has an integrated light fitting or one that is light adaptable. If your fan will be replacing the main source of lighting in a room you will need to consider the amount of light you require.
Size and use of room
It is important to consider the size of the room when selecting a ceiling fan. The larger the room size the more powerful the fan motor and larger length of the blades will need to be to generate enough air movement resulting in a cooling breeze.
Large Rooms need a fan with a blade of 132cm (52”) or larger to generate enough air flow.
Medium to Small rooms need a fan with a blade of 122cm (48”) or smaller.
Fans located in outdoor areas should be metal or plastic and need to be protected from the elements, therefore are recommended for outdoor rooms or alfresco areas.
Ceiling and Installation Height
If you have ceilings above 3 metres, you may require an extension rod. These come in different sizes but you can easily cut them to suit your requirements. Any ceiling fan should be at least 2.1 metres from the floor to the blades of the fan and at least 300mm from the ceiling.
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