How to choose the best ceiling fan for your home

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Choosing the correct ceiling fan size for your room is important to get maximum comfort and energy savings. If the fan is too small for your room it will not circulate enough air and it will be ineffective. If the fan is too big for the room it could overpower the room making it uncomfortable. In Many cases, you can change the size of your ceiling fan by changing the size of the blades.

Room Dimensions Suggested Fan Size
Up to 7 m2 29 – 36"
7 – 13 m2 36 – 42"
13 – 21 m2 44"
21 – 37 m2 50 – 54"

There are higher and lower powered motors. Higher powered motors will produce more airflow and they won’t overheat as easily as fans that have lower powered motors. If you choose a motor that has sealed bearings you never need to oil it and noise won’t be a problem. Another good option is a rubber flywheel, which keeps torque under control. With a rubber flywheel, the fan is stabilised and the level of noise is reduced.

A ceiling fan has two to six blades, which are usually made of wood, metal or plastic. The major differences between the blades is the angle that they are pitched at, the material they are constructed from and the shape of the blade. The blade pitch of a fan is the angle of the blades relative to the fan. It is measured in degrees. If a blade perfectly parallel to the floor (pitch 0 degrees) it won’t produce a strong airflow. Therefore the higher a blade pitch the more air the fan moves, however this needs to be considered with all of the variables together. For an optimal airflow the blade should be pitched between 12 and 22 degrees.

The standard number of blades is four. In general you can say the more blades a ceiling fan has the more air can be circulated, up to a certain point. Then more blades increase the drag of the motor and the price of the fan. But the number of the blades is not as important as most customers think. The efficiency of a ceiling fan also depends on the strength/quality of the motor, the pitch of the blade and the right blade size. In general you can say that metal blades are more efficient than wooden ones but they are produce slightly more noise.

You should also consider the mounting location when deciding on the most appropriate blades. There are some places in your home where ceiling fans are exposed to moisture like in a kitchen or in a bathroom therefore metal corrosion or a reduced blade life could be a problem. For these areas you should choose blades that have a rust proof finish and blades that do not warp easily like plastic or stainless steel blades.

Dry Rated

A dry location is an indoor area that is not normally subject to dampness. It may include a location subject to temporary dampness provided ventilation is adequate to prevent any accumulation of moisture such as in a bathroom.

A typical dry location can include kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, foyers and hallways.

Damp Rated

Fans indicated "Suitable for Damp Locations" or "Suitable for Wet Locations" can be installed and utilized in a damp location. A damp location is typically an exterior or in some cases an interior location which is periodically subject to condensation or moisture.

A typical damp location can include bathrooms, indoor pool areas, utility rooms, or covered porch or patio.

Many of our customers select to install damp rated fans in exterior locations covered by a very large overhang. However, the height of the fan installation location is very important in this instance. The very bottom of the fan should be at or above a 45 degree angle drawn from the edge of the overhang The light fixture should be fully protected from water, particularly from storms.

Wet Rated

Fans indicated as "Suitable for Wet Locations" should be installed and used in a wet location (indoors or outdoors). A wet location can be an indoor or exterior location in which water or other liquids may drip, splash or flow onto the electrical components of the fan. Wet rated light fixtures attachments will typically have all wiring encased within the metal components of the fixture design.

A typical wet location can include open decks, stairwells, patios, uncovered porches, exterior walls, gazebos, pergolas, and walkways.

Most of the Ceiling Fans are also available with light. There are ceiling fans which have an already integrated light and there are some you can buy it as an additional accessory and use your fan with or without light. A light can be attached at the bottom of the fan. To ensure that fan and light finishes match buy both from the same brand.

First number Definition
(Protection against solid objects)
Second number Definition
(Protection against liquids)
0 No protection 0 No protection
1 Protected against solids objects over 50mm (e.g. accidental touch by hands 1 Protected against vertically falling drops of water
2 Protected against solids objects over 12mm (e.g. fingers) 2 Protected against direct sprays up to 15o from the vertical
3 Protected against solids objects over 2.5mm (e.g. tools and wires) 3 Protected against direct sprays up to 60o from the vertical
4 Protected against solids objects over 1mm (e.g. tools, wires and small wires 4 Protected against sprays from all directions - limited ingress permitted
5 Protected against dust - limited ingress (no harmful deposit) 5 Protected against low pressure jets if water from all directions - limited ingress permitted
6 Totally protected against dust 6 Protected against strong jets of water - limited ingress permitted

You should install your Ceiling Fan in the middle of the room and at least 2.15 meters above the floor however for optimal airflow you should install it 2.5 meters above the floor. This is the height at which most fans are designed to operate. For ceilings that are higher than this you can use a downrod to lower your ceiling fan for optimal operation. Normally the lower a ceiling fan hangs the more airflow you will feel when you stand directly under it. But the airflow is then also more concentrated on a smaller area. This is especially important during the summer time when the primary purpose of the fan is for cooling. If your ceiling fan hangs higher you won’t feel a breeze but the air will disperse over a larger area.

If you want to place multiple fans inside a house you shouldn’t place ceiling fans too close together in the same room because they work then against each other.

Usually you can only see your ceiling fan from the bottom where no dust can collect. Therefore many people neglect to clean their fans. However, it is really important to clean your ceiling fan because dirt and dust can make your ceiling fan noisy, wobbly and it can even damage the motor. In addition, the collection of dust on the fan can represent a health hazard over time. Therefore, to clean the blades of your ceiling fan, wipe the dust with a paper towel regularly.