I assume you are a DIY and have decided that putting ceiling fans in your home makes good sense. You’ve probably researched the advantages of installing ceiling fans and have learned that besides the aesthetic appeal that is part and parcel of a ceiling fan, there are a number of benefits that impact your wallet in a positive way.
The industry has determined that the cooling effect of a ceiling fan can make a room feel at least 7 degrees cooler than it really is and the consequent adjustment to your thermostat can cut your air conditioning related energy costs by as much as 35% to 45%. In the cold months, reversing the fan blades so they push warm air down from the ceiling can reduce your heating expenses as well. crompton silent pro Some experts maintain that you can save between 8% to 12% on your heating bill.
So, you’re sold on the idea of installing ceiling fans. The next step is to decide what brand, style, etc. you’re going to invest your money in. Do the research. Find out who the major players are in the manufacture of ceiling fans and how long they’ve been at it. It’s not necessarily who sells the most ceiling fans but rather, what consumers say about the various brands. The Internet can help but you have to be wary about sales pitches that are disguised as testimonials. My personal preference is Westinghouse because of a multitude of factors that I’m not going to get into since this article is intended to focus more on the installation end of the ceiling fan rather than what to buy.
However, before I get off the subject of what to buy, a word or two to the wise. This is not a purchase that you want to make with the idea of saving as much money as you can on these units. Manufacturers of inexpensive units have become more and more clever at making their products look great. However, a ceiling fan needs to pass the test of time and extensive use and many if not most of the cheaper units simply don’t pass this test. Inexpensive fan casing is often made from thin material that may not be of the best quality.
So, after a few years, you may begin to notice the motor housing beginning to show signs of wear with vibrating and other noise being the telltale signs. There’s nothing you can do to fix these problems besides investing in another fan (throwing good money after bad). Also, cheaper fans often have blades that are made of inferior material which may begin to warp or go out of balance. While you can do a temporary fix for this kind of problem, you’re going to end up with a chronic headache since the basic cause of the problem just won’t go away no matter how many times you try to fix it.
Here are a few more tips to consider while you’re shopping for the right fan(s). The size of the room determines the span of the blade you should be looking for. You’ll find blade spans that range between 29″ to 56″. The smallest blade span will work for a room that is no bigger than 50 square feet while a 36″ blade span will service an area of approximately 70′ to 80′ square feet. Larger rooms, such as 100 square feet need at least a 42″ blade span and a room that is larger than 100 square feet should have a fan with the longest blade span you can find.
Make sure the pitch of the blade is approximately 14 degrees for the most efficient air movement.
Many fans are equipped with lighting. Consider the size of the room and what the room will be used for when deciding whether or not to buy a fan with lights. Most manufacturers make ceiling fans that can be adapted to lighted fixtures with a lighting kit designed specifically for a particular model.