Ceiling fans are a low-cost and effective alternative to air conditioning during the summer months, and during the winter, ceiling fans are able to move warm air around for uniform heat distribution. However, a properly installed ceiling fan is a must for it to work the way it is supposed to. Here are five things you need to know before purchasing or installing a ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans can be useful all throughout the year—not just in the summertime. For that reason, it is important that you consider the location of the ceiling fan when you are installing it. Due to the fact that warmer air tends to rise, a ceiling fan has the ability to move warm air from heating vents or a fireplace to other areas of the home—but only when the ceiling fan is set to counter clockwise.
When you get ready to install a ceiling fan, some locations in the home where they are best-suited are areas of congregation, such as living rooms, master bedrooms, etc. During the winter, the best areas for ceiling fans are rooms with fireplaces and cathedral ceilings.
Some people assume that the bigger the ceiling fan, the more it will be able to cool the home. However, this is not necessarily true. While a bigger room would need a larger ceiling fan, smaller ceiling fans are sufficient for smaller spaces. One thing that you should take into consideration is blade size. The longer the blades are, the more air that they can move. In other words, the bigger the fan blades, the more square feet the ceiling fan can adequately cool or warm. Keep in mind that the number of blades on the ceiling fan does not increase the amount of circulated air in a room.
Ideally, you should install your ceiling fans about eight to 10 feet from the floor. However, in some instances, fans can be installed at seven feet, though the ceiling fan will function best at a higher height.
Most ceiling fans come with a number of different speeds. When purchasing yours, opt for one with three speed options. Generally, the speed is controlled with a pull chain that is attached to the ceiling fan, or with a wall control unit or remote control for convenience. Regardless of how the speed is controlled, having multiple speed options will ensure that you can adjust the ceiling fan to match your individual comfort level.
While a ceiling fan installation can be a DIY project, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do the job. Often times, a ceiling fan will be wobbly or emit noise when you try to do it yourself as a result of the fan being improperly installed and off-balance. With a professional ceiling fan installation, these are things you won’t have to worry about.
If you are ready to have a ceiling fan installed in your home, contact the professionals at A&B Electrical Contractors.