The humble ceiling fan is one of the hardest-working fixtures in the home and it can save you money in the long run if used correctly.
In the summer months, a fan will improve the circulation in an air-conditioned room, which means the air conditioner power strength can be lowered, resulting in a lower electricity bill. You can also reduce your heating costs in winter by changing the blade direction so that the fan pushes warm air up to the ceiling and down the walls. If this appeals to you, then consider the following points before installing a fan of your own.
SIZE OF ROOM VS BLADE DIAMETER
The size of the room should be the deciding factor in what size ceiling fan to buy, or how many. An inappropriately sized fan will look out of place and won’t be effective. You need to measure the area of the room, as well as the height, in order to determine what blade diameter will work best. To calculate blade diameter, measure from the tip of one blade to the tip of the blade directly opposite it. If your fan of choice has an odd number of blades then simply measure from the centre of the fan to the tip of a blade and then double this number. Rooms smaller than 25m2 require a blade diameter of 740mm-915mm, whilst rooms that are 25m2 to 55m2 call for a blade diameter of 915mm-1220mm. Larger rooms of 55m2 to 110m2 need 1220mm to 1420mm blades. Spaces larger than this are best suited to fans with a blade diameter of 1420mm to1600mm, or multiple smaller fans.
Installing your ceiling fan at the correct height is important for both safety and efficiency. Anything lower than 2.2m above the ground is dangerous and could injure someone, while anything higher than 3.5m won’t provide you with optimal airflow. If your ceiling is low then a flush-mount design may be a better option, while unusually high ceilings will benefit from a design that is lowered using a down rod.
LIGHT VS NO LIGHT
Some ceiling fans have a light source while others don’t. If you’re unsure which one to get, then look around the room to determine if the existing fixtures provide sufficient illumination. If there are already downlights, lamps, and wall sconces, then a fan with a light source is probably unnecessary. However, if you are removing the room’s only ceiling light fixture to replace it with a fan, then a design with a light source will be best.
The speed of the fan, direction of blade rotation, and light source of a ceiling fan can be controlled by remote, speed dial, or pull cord. Different designs provide different options, so think about how you would prefer to control these features before making a final purchasing decision.