As I’m writing this, it’s the first day in September and that means that today is officially spring time in Australia. It also means that many households are starting to think about cooling their houses down and that means ceiling fans. Cheaper than AC units the rotating blades of a ceiling fan are an affordable option for many people. However before you rush out and purchase the latest model, check out these FAQ’s to help you make the best purchase possible.
What’s the main purpose of a ceiling fan?
A ceiling fan actually has two main purposes (A) To provide a breeze (B) to circulate that breeze throughout the room
How do they lower the room temperature?
Actually they don’t! Well…not in the sense that an A/C unit would. That said, the fact that they move the air about can create a breeze making it very pleasant. It’s akin to being outside in 30 degrees and being outside in 30 degrees with a gentle breeze. The latter is bearable, the former…not so!
What rooms should I install a ceiling fan in?
Every room can benefit from a ceiling fan and it really is down to personal preference, although it’s always best to install them in rooms where most time is spent (for example, bedrooms, the lounge and the kitchen/dining area).
What size fan should I get for my room?
If the fan is too small for your room it won’t circulate the air sufficiently; likewise if it’s too big it will just overpower the room. Therefore here’s a quick guide to help.
- Rooms measuring up to 7m2 will need a 29-36 inch fan
- Rooms measuring 7-13m2 will need a 36-42 inch fan
- Rooms measuring 13-21m2 will need a 44 inch fan
- Rooms measuring 21-37ms will need a 44-50 inch fan
Anything over and above this consider installing 2 fans or more.
What about blades?
Ceiling fans can come with a number of blades but anything below 3 and above 6 is normally just a novelty factor and has nothing to do with increased function. Some of the best fans have 3 blades and a high speed motor to give maximum output. More than 3 blades and it can slow the motor down and inevitably the blade rotation.
Is there a quality difference in fans on the market?
Like all things in life and ceiling fans are no exception, you generally get what you pay for. Lower priced fans are often made using cheaper materials such as plastic and have less powerful engines. Expensive models are made from wood and appear more solid. Sometimes you’re simply paying much more for a named brand. As a rough guide opt for the most expensive one that you can afford within your budget range.
What about energy consumption?
Ceiling fans on the whole are pretty economical. That said they become less so when they have lighting attachments, although even combined, they’re still likely to be more economical than an AC unit. To give an example your standard ceiling fan typically draws around 100 watts on it’s fastest setting. However a standard lighting kit will then draw a further 240 watts. If you need lighting a great tip would be to use energy saving bulbs where they’ll draw 60 watts or less.
So there you have it. Everything you need to know about ceiling fans!
If you’re not confident at installing a ceiling fan yourself, then you’ll need to contact the professionals. At Static Electrics Brisbane, we’ve been serving the people of the Brisbane and it’s surrounding areas for many years. So contact us on 0429 139 039 for a competitive quote today. Trust us when we say, you’ll be glad that you did!