I’m guessing you’re a DIY and I’ve decided that putting ceiling fans in your home makes a lot of sense. You have probably researched the benefits of installing ceiling fans and learned that in addition to the aesthetic appeal that is part of a ceiling fan, there are a number of benefits that positively impact your wallet.
The industry has determined that the cooling effect of a ceiling fan can make a room feel at least 7 degrees cooler than it actually is, and the consequent adjustment to your thermostat can reduce energy costs related to air conditioning. up to 35% to 45%. In cold months, reversing the fan blades so that they push hot air down from the ceiling can also reduce your heating costs. Some experts argue that you can save between 8% and 12% on your heating bill.
So, you are convinced by the idea of installing ceiling fans. The next step is to decide what brand, style, etc., you are going to invest your money in. Investigate. Find out who are the main players in ceiling fan manufacturing and how long have they been at it. It is not necessarily who sells the most ceiling fans, but what consumers say about the various brands. The internet can help, but you have to be ceiling fans with sales pitches that disguise themselves as testimonials. My personal preference is Westinghouse due to a multitude of factors I’m not going to go into as this article aims to focus more on the end of the ceiling fan installation rather than on what to buy.
However, before leaving the subject of what to buy, a word or two for the wise man. This is not a purchase you want to make with the idea of saving as much money as you can in these units. Manufacturers of inexpensive units have gotten smarter and smarter to make their products look great. However, a ceiling fan needs to pass the test of time and extensive use, and many, if not most, cheaper units simply fail this test. The inexpensive fan casing is often made of thin material that may not be of the best quality.
So after a few years, you may start to notice that the motor casing starts showing signs of wear with vibrations and other noises like telltale signs. There is nothing you can do to fix these issues other than investing in another fan (throwing good money after bad). Also, cheaper fans often have blades that are made of inferior material that can start to warp or become unbalanced. While you can do a temporary fix for this type of problem, you will end up with a chronic headache as the root cause of the problem just won’t go away no matter how many times you try to fix it.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind when buying the right fans. The size of the room determines the scope of the blade you should be looking for. You will find blade sections ranging from 29 “to 56". The smallest blade span will work for a room no larger than 50 square feet, while a 36 “blade span will serve an area of approximately 70 ‘to 80' square feet. Larger rooms, such as 100 feet Squares need at least “light from the blades and a room over 100 square feet must have a fan with the longest blade length you can find.