Chill Out with a Quality Ceiling
If your air conditioning is running flat out
but your house still feels hot and stuffy perhaps you need to
improve the air flow. A great way to move air around is by
installing a ceiling fan so what should you consider before
making your purchase.
Room size dictates the fan best suited but as
a basic rule of thumb most rooms can accommodate a 50" or 52"
size fan, consequently all manufacturers make their most
popular styles in this size. Smaller and over sized fans can be
found for special requirements.
The look of a fan is important but the most
important factor when purchasing a ceiling fan is the size,
power, and durability of the motor. A better quality motor
costs more but will move more air without wobbling or noise and
can safely be left running for days, weeks or even years
without burning out.
factors that work together and determine how much air a ceiling
fan will move
The pitch of the blade and the power of the
motor must be well engineered so they can work together and
create air movement without going beyond the motors capability,
when a fan operates efficiently it will last a
Blade Shape and Size
Even the most powerful ceiling fan motor
cannot move the blades fast enough if the blades are too long
or wide, larger is not always better but too small or narrow is
also not good.
The best fans provide 6 speeds, low to high
and many are reversible so that in the summer a ceiling fan can
draw warm air up and away and in winter by reversing the fan
blade direction can pull warm air from the ceiling down to the
Height from Ceiling
Seven to eight feet from the floor gives the
best ceiling fan airflow so you can appreciate the air movement
and the ceiling fan can operate most efficiently. Ceiling
hugger fans operate in rooms with less head height and would
normally operate at slower speeds so as not to cause turbulence
and fan wobble.
Motor The most important factor is the motor,
a strong precision made motor will move the most air without
noise or wobble if the other 4 factors are
For top performance and durability it pays to
buy the best you can afford, whilst cheaper ceiling fans may
appear better value for money initially they often have to work
harder to achieve the same affect and subsequently often don't
last as long.
Installing a ceiling fan can be normally be
accomplished relatively easily following the provided
instructions but if you don't fancy the job a good handyman
could install the fan for you in a couple of hours or
Buckle has a keen interest in interior
decoration and has developed a number of
properties and offers ceiling fan design
tips and advice at http://www.enmo.org/ceiling-fan/