A ceiling fan adds decorative detail to a room and keeps the air circulating so that the space is breezy, fresh, and comfortable to operate in. With warmer weather upon us, many South Africans are looking to upgrade their original fixtures or install fans for the first time in an attempt to beat the heat. Investing in a new ceiling fan may seem simple enough, but with so many factors to take into consideration, it can become a daunting task. The Radiant team is always more than happy to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding the purchase of a new ceiling fan. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers.
I’m hearing a lot about DC motor fans. What are they and what are their benefits?
DC motors transform electrical energy into mechanical energy as they rotate. This means they consume 70% less electricity than typical ceiling fans while generating additional torque. Their price point is generally higher upfront because they require a more expensive electronic speed controller, but their long term benefits are worth forking out the extra cash. DC motors are smaller in comparison to typical ceiling fan motors which allows the fan to be smaller and lighter in weight. They’re also energy-efficient with a long life span and higher torque which results in a faster startup speed. And what’s great is that DC motor fans operate in virtual silence.
Does the number of blades make a difference in how the fan functions?
In the past, the number of blades was directly related to the efficiency of the fan. For example, a fan with five or six blades would offer better airflow than a fan with three or four blades. However, due to advancements in technology, this is no longer the case and the number of blades is more related to aesthetics. Fans with four or more blades lend themselves to a more classic look, while fans with two or three blades are sleeker and more contemporary in style.
I have a sloped ceiling. Can I still install a fan?
Yes. Many fans have canopies that can accommodate a ceiling slope of up to 30 degrees.
How do I mount my fan to the ceiling?
You need to mount your fan to a junction box marked “For Use With Ceiling Fans”. Ceiling fans are heavy (some weigh almost 25kg) and are in motion when switched on, so they need sufficient support. The box needs to be anchored to a ceiling joist and should always be installed by a qualified electrician.
I would love to install a ceiling fan on my patio. Can I use a ceiling fan outdoors?
Yes, but it needs to be damp or wet location approved. If your patio area is well covered and the fan won’t come into direct contact with the elements then a damp location fan is suitable. However, if your fan may come into contact with rain then a wet location fan is recommended because it has water-resistant motor housings and blades.