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CEILING FANS: 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ceiling fans – even the best ceiling fans – may seem fairly basic, however, there is much more to them than may initially meet the eye. If you are looking to buy ceiling fans, there are three important things that you must know before pulling out your wallet and tool belt.

INDOOR CEILING FANS DON’TACTUALLY COOL THE ROOM

Surprising, right? But it’s true – indoor ceiling fans do not actually cool a room; rather, they cool the individuals who are in a room. The circulating air increases evaporation off of the skin; this creates a type of wind chill effect that cools the individual down even though it does not actually change the air temperature in the room itself.

Notably, since indoor ceiling fans do not actually cool a room’s temperature, they should be turned off when the room is not in use to save on energy expenditures and utility costs.

CEILING FANS CAN ALSO HEAT

Indoor ceiling fans won’t heat quite like a furnace; however, they can help to save on heating costs.

Hot air naturally rises, but a ceiling fan can push that hot air back into the room. When the fan is changed to circulate in a clockwise direction, the blades will push air up, thus pushing warm air that has collected near the ceiling, back down in to the room. Pushing the warmer air back into the room and then circulating it will not only warm the space, but will warm it more evenly.

By using this approach, homeowners can save on utility costs and energy use.

CHEAPER IS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER

As with anything home related, budgets are a critical component. That said, there is a time to spend and a time to save. Although a low price tag can, understandably, be enticing, be wary of low prices when it comes to buying ceiling fans.

The best ceiling fans are smartly planned, efficient machines that leverage capable motors that use a proper number of RPMs (revolutions per minute) for the space. A weak motor will save on cost, but is likely to fail to generate an appropriate number of RPMs – or high enough fan speed – to effectively turn the blades to warm or cool the space. Additionally, the fan blade weight may be more than the motor can handle, straining the system. In turn, this will either create a noisy and off-balance fan or it may have a very short life. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend huge sums of money to buy the best ceiling fan for your home – there are many fans that provide proper efficiency and function for a good price. For more information about ceiling fan products or function, call us at 800-240-6267 or visit us online.

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