As much as we would like to keep our aircon on 24/7 in a hot country like Singapore, it is not possible due to the high electricity bills that we are going to incur. Hence we will have to reply on the trusted ceiling fan to keep things cool at home.
The ceiling fan is one of the most convenient home appliances. Who would not want a great cooling and heating systems during the extreme weather changes? The fan makes the room more comfortable to live in while lowering your energy bill at the same time. You can save a hefty amount on your air conditioning systems by getting yourself a ceiling fan.
With all the modern designs, materials and uses, it can be challenging to choose the right one. This guide will help you choose the right ceiling fan for your home.
1. Consider the ceiling fan controls
Typically, most fans are mounted on previous light fixtures on the ceiling. The light switch is then replaced with controls that will allow the fan to spin at different fan speeds. If the fan is the type that includes light, the switch is installed with light settings too. It is very important that you check the capacity design of the ceiling.
The best ceiling should have a capacitor made by the manufacturer of the fan to eliminate any form of hum or buzzing.
Some fans have an electrical box that is not controlled by the switch is normally operated through a pull chain or even a remote control. Touch and remote controlled fans are very sophisticated, they have programmable fan and light settings that you can adjust automatically.
If you are going for a fan that can turn your lights on and off in a regular sequence of adjust the speed to suit changes in temperature, then an automated fan is perfect for you.
2. Determine the location of the ceiling fan
Ceiling fans are not just created for indoor ceilings. There are three types of ceiling fan, indoor, wet listed and damp listed fans. For indoor ceiling fans, you need to determine which part of your room you will be installing it. Do you want the fan in your bedroom, living room, kitchen or study room?
Basically, most ceiling fans can be used indoors. This means that you may not find specific fans with indoor labels when you are out shopping for ceiling fans.
If the indoor area has humidity issues, you can go for a damp listed fan. Bathrooms and laundry rooms have special fans made specifically for that type of environment. You cannot place an indoor ceiling fan outside because it cannot handle the outside elements well. Outdoor ceiling fans are designed for places like porches and patios.
They are weather resistant and will withstand all the outdoor elements pretty well. Damp listed ceiling fans are convenient in outdoor areas as long as it is not directly exposed to any form of water. Wet listed ceiling fans can be installed in areas that are exposed to water i.e open air decks and open air patios.
3. Calculate the ceiling fan size
Ceiling fans are made in different sizes meant for different sized rooms. It is very critical to select the right size fan for your space for the best effect. First, you have to measure the square footage of your room by multiplying the width and length.
Check out the chart below for a rough idea of what you should get
|Room size(square feet)||Blade span recommendation|
|144 and below||42″ and below|
|226- 400||50″ and above|
|More than 400||62″ and above|
4. Confirm the ceiling mounting type
Ceiling fans also come in different heights. It is crucial to decide how high you want to hand the ceiling fan and the type of mount you want. It all depends on the height and the slope of the room. The ideal height should give you a perfect airflow.
Sloped ceilings will need a sloped mount to hand the fan. Also, you have to make sure the fan is hanged at a central position at an appropriate height.
The first step is to measure the ceiling height. Ceilings that are 7-9 feet will take a hugger mount, 8-9 feet a standard mounting and over 9 feet ceilings can do well with an extended down rod mounting. Hugger fans also known as flush mount fans are mounted directly into the ceiling and no downrod is needed.
Low ceilings can go with low profile fans that allow you to install close to the ceiling. Standard ceilings have a medium sized downrod while high ceilings have a longer downrod meant for the specific rooms. Typically, the standard ceiling should be installed around 7 feet above the room and 10 feet for metal blades.
5. Judge the ceiling fan by its quality
Ceiling fans have different costs depending on their quality. High-quality fans are pretty expensive and work notably differently compared to the low-cost ceiling fans. High-cost fans move air efficiently and quietly. This means that there is almost 100% guarantee that your expensive ceiling fan will not produce any hum while working.
They are well designed and made from high grade lasting materials with beautiful finishes.
Fans are also rated by the amount of air they move, which is not relevant. Air movement is determined by the length, the number of blades, distance from the ceiling, pitch and revolutions per minute. Weak motors spin shorter blades faster and are noisier that longer blades.
6. Consider the material of the ceiling fan
The finish of the ceiling blades depend on the room and your budget. Medium density fibre is made of sawdust and other wood remnants which are compressed with hardening materials. It is then laminated for protection and a finished look.
This is the least expensive material and is mostly used in inexpensive ceiling fans and do not work well outside. Plastic is inexpensive and can be moulded into different shape fans. They hold up well outside.
Wood fans are the best for indoor applications and the cost more than other materials. Metal blades are ideal for high places and work well for both damp and wet applications.
7. Look at the features of the fan
The fan you choose should not only be functional but also beautiful as well. Look for an innovative design that enhances the room space. Ensure it is customised to match all your needs. There are a wide variety of finishes that will go well with different room designs. Some have light fixtures while others are basic fans. Fans with decorative medallions will fit a classic living room style.