Nothing says summer like a ceiling fan whirling slowly (or angrily) above your head. Ceiling fans are not only useful in the summer, but they are also useful in the winter.
We explain what to look for when purchasing a ceiling fan, including how to locate the proper size fan for your room, installation and running expenses, which features to consider, and how to operate your fan in the winter.
How do ceiling fans work?
Ceiling fans do not actually lower the room temperature, but rather perform in the same manner that a breeze does: they cool you by increasing perspiration evaporation. During the cooler months, they can be an excellent, low-cost alternative to air conditioners or even heaters.
Ceiling fan types
Ceiling fans are classified into two types: alternating current and direct current. Within these two categories, there are a variety of choices that use various materials, sizes, and blades. Some include an integrated light, which is beneficial if you wish to instal a fan but only have one fitting in the roof.
The most frequent form of ceiling fan in an existing installation is one with an alternating current (AC) motor. They are also less expensive. Direct current (DC) motor fans are becoming increasingly prevalent and provide even greater efficiency, cutting operating expenses.
DC models also have more flexibility over air circulation, with up to seven settings, compared to most AC units, which only have three. Because the DC motor has an integrated inverter and is thus compatible with standard AC electrical systems, installing a DC ceiling fan in a home is simple. A DC-powered ceiling fan, in reality, cannot be connected directly to a DC power source.
How to save energy with year-round use?
Your fan may perform double duty by delivering heat down to the living space without causing an uncomfortable warm draught in the winter. Reversing the fan’s motion from anticlockwise in summer to clockwise in winter pushes air upwards rather than downwards, spreading warm air about the room without creating a downward breeze. This can be used on its own or in conjunction with a heater or reverse-cycle air conditioner.
DC fans have seven speeds, including reverse. Even if your fan does not have a reverse function, you may discover that one of the slowest conventional speeds works well for you in the winter by directing warm air down from the ceiling without causing a major draught.
frequently included or available for a price, but not with every model, so double-check before you buy.
Optimise your home’s efficiency
Ceiling fans in all rooms are not only necessary to meet the newest National Construction Code, but they are also required for the highest rating (7 stars). Including more ceiling fans would also increase your comfort in summer and winter, according to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
Choosing the correct fan size for your room
The first thing you must determine is the size of your area as well as your ideal working speed range. If these do not match, the fan will not meet your needs.
Your best bet is to measure your space, take measurements, and then upload them to the retailer’s or manufacturer’s website. Most offer a sizing guide that suggests the best models based on the size of your room. A 52-inch (132cm) fan is considered a typical size, and if it has more than three settings, it should provide enough airflow for a restful night’s sleep without blowing your bed linens off.
Does ceiling height make a difference?
Absolutely! For optimal performance, the minimum ceiling height should be between 2.1 and 2.4m. Visit The Fan Studio website to buy designer handcrafted fans! If your ceiling is substantially higher, say 2.7-3m or more, an extension rod will most likely be required to lower the fan to an ideal level.
If your ceiling is substantially higher, say 2.7-3m or more, an extension rod will most likely be required to lower the fan to an ideal level. These are frequently included or available for a price, but not with every model, so double-check before you buy.