MAINTAIN EFFICIENT CEILING FANS: AVOID RUST!
When shopping for outdoor ceiling fans online, it's important to remember that they are built to withstand exposure to the elements while warding off pesky flying insects and cooling. But without the right fan or preventative measures, rust can take over and drastically reduce the lifespan and performance of ceiling fans. Homes that are subjected to moderate weather conditions don’t have to worry about this as much as those living in higher humidity areas, such as the coast. Much like mosquitoes, rust thrives in hot and humid weather conditions, and it normally occurs due to exposure of a mixture of water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Rust will attack a ceiling fan’s vulnerability (such as a scratched or cracked surface) and it can spread very quickly, weakening the integrity of your outdoor fan.
SHOPPING FOR OUTDOOR CEILING FANS ONLINE: WHAT TO LOOK
The best ceiling fans for outdoor use have water tight motor casings, sealants, compression fittings and o-rings, which is what helps them operate without being damaged by the elements that they can be exposed to.
DAMP RATED FANS
Damp-rated outdoor fans are built to endure dampness and humidity, as long as they’re in a completely covered area. Homes near the ocean, where air is saltier and humidity is higher, should use wet-rated fans because their blades are usually made of ABS plastic, and the hardware is typically powder coated and specially painted to avoid corroding.
Powder coated surfaces help avoid rust
Powder-coated surfaces hold up against rust better than polished metals, but if metals are your preference, then special finishes like cadmium or zinc (galvanization) will help protect from rusting.
Choose a ceiling fan with a dark finish
Dark, rustic finishes are also ideal choices for outdoor ceiling fans. Even if they rust, it will only add to the rustic appearance, and it won’t be as visually undesirable as it would on other ceiling fan styles and finishes.
THE BEST CEILING FANS FOR OUTDOOR USE ARE MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL, RESIN, PLASTIC & BRASS
Being aware is the best way to protect your outdoor fans from rust. When purchasing ceiling fans online, note what materials they are made of. Stainless steel is a good rust-resisting material, as it is denser, due to the high-pressured manufacturing process; resin, plastic and brass are also good materials for resisting rust. Polishing steel fixtures with household aluminum foil, dipped in water, can keep them looking nice and also wards off rust.
Remove Rust Immediately
If you notice rust beginning to accumulate on your around your ceiling fan, it is best to take measures to remove the rust as soon as possible. If you don’t, it will quickly spread to the rest of the fan, and it may not be salvageable.
Stick with the best ceiling fan brands
Avoid buying cheaper brand fans. Aside from being less efficient ceiling fans in certain weather conditions, they are built of lower quality materials, making them magnets for rust. When it comes to your household fixtures, you really do get what you pay for. Looking for a new outdoor ceiling fan? Check out the selection on our website.
When people are cleaning their homes, how many of them actually remember to clean theirceiling fans too? Too many times our fans are out of sight, out of mind, since they aren’t in our direct line of vision. Since they are so far out of sight, the dust that collects on the motor housing, mount and top of the fan blades, goes unseen and underestimated. Even when you are constantly running your ceiling fan, it can still collect dust.
WHY DO I NEED TO CLEAN MY CEILING FAN?
Your ceiling fan can accumulate dust, dirt, smoke and even grease from your nearby kitchen, and those can damage finishes, thus shortening the life of your ceiling fan. The dust that collects on your ceiling fan ends up getting circulated back into your home, which can be bothersome for your respiratory system, and possibly dangerous for those with severe allergies and/or asthma. For the safety and health of everyone in your home, it is important to regularly clean and dust your ceiling fans.
Don't just dust, clean!
You can do light dustings with a feather duster, but it is recommended that you go a thorough cleaning initially, to remove heavy dust and grime, as feather dusters and wands move dust around, as opposed to removing it. Once the ceiling fan is cleaned, lightly dusting can be time-saving and help maintain a low-dust level. Regular cleanings are suggested once a month, but that can vary depending how often or how often your fan is operated.
WHAT TO USE TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN
You can use items to clean your ceiling fan such as a microfiber cloth, washcloth, or paper towel soaked in cleaner. It is recommended that you are above eye level when cleaning your fan, but if you can’t, be sure to use protective eye wear, to keep debris and cleaning solution out of your eyes.
TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN
You should clean your fan from top to bottom, so it is best to take your damp (not dripping) cloth or towel and start by cleaning the canopy near the ceiling, working to the downrod, down to the motor housing unit.
Fan shades and globes
If applicable, you should remove the shades or globes from your lights, and clean them either by soaking them in warm water, or spraying and wiping them clean, depending on the level of build up. Before replacing the shades/globes you should lightly dust the light bulbs, and use this time to replace any burnt out bulbs.
Cleaning ceiling fan blades
After you clean the major hardware, you should clean your ceiling fan blades, one blade at a time, starting at the top of the fan blade and wiping from the inner side out to the edges. When moving from one blade to the next, you should rotate the blades towards you, while you stand in place, and make sure the blade has fully stopped before you start cleaning, in order to avoid potential injury. It may take multiple rounds of wiping and cleaning to fully clean your fan and fan blades. After you have finished cleaning your fan, you will probably need to vacuum dust particles out of your carpet or tile flooring. You can possibly avoid this part if you put down a drop cloth before cleaning your fan. You can also use a pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan blades. You can wipe the blade with one edge, while the dust falls into the open edge of the pillowcase, keeping dust off the floor, and when you’re done, you can simply shake out the pillowcase in your yard.
EASIEST CEILING FANS TO INSTALL
A common question we get at Fan Diego is: Which ceiling fans are the easiest to install? The Minka Aire F518 and F519 Concept II, as well as, the F593 and F594 Traditional Concept series are the easiest fans I have ever installed.
HOW TO INSTALL CEILING FANS:
Note: These instructions pertain to the fan models listed above.
- Turn off the power (at the breaker and the room switch)
- Open the box and ensure all of the parts are there
- Attach the mounting bracket to the junction box
- Snap the blades into the holes in the side of the fan - no screws involved, the blades snap into place!
- Use the little “J” hook on the mounting bracket to hold the fan motor while you connect a few wires with wire nuts provided
- Connect the fan motor to the mounting bracket by tightening the 4 screws that secure it in place
- Put in the light bulb – do not touch the glass of the bulb with your fingers because the oil from your fingers can reduce the lifespan of your bulb and can even cause it to explode
- Insert the glass or the non-light kit cover plate
- Follow the instructions to program the remote
- Enjoy your new ceiling fan!
That is about as easy as it gets. Hunter has a fan called the Five Minute Fan claims that it only takes that amount of time to assemble and install. It may be true. However, if I am looking for the easiest fan to install, it’s the Minka Aire Concept II and Traditional Concept Series. The Concept II is available as both a 44 inch and and 52 inch fans and is in available in Brushed Nickel (F518-BN, F519-BN), White (F518-WH, F519-WH) and Oil Rubbed Bronze (F518-ORB, F519-ORB). The Traditional Concept is also available in both a 44 inch and a 52 inch version and is available in the following finishes: Pewter (F593-PW, F594-PW), White (F593-WH, F594-WH), and Oil Rubbed Bronze (F593-ORB, F594-ORB). If you have more questions about ceiling fan installation, visit our site or give us a call at 800-240-6267.
Welcome to our video blog, “How Ceiling Fans Can Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter”. Heating accounts for a significant 29% of energy use in homes.
Most people don’t even think about ceiling fans when it comes to heating their homes, since fans are commonly associated with cooling. But when they are used correctly, ceiling fans increase the efficiency of your home’s other heating systems and can save you money!
CEILING FANS COST LESS TO OPERATE
Following are the energy costs for the heating elements typically found in most homes and the cost to operate them. You can visit the SDG&E website for more explanation on tiered energy rates. For the purposes of the following info we, will simply use high and low…
As you can see, aside from heating pads and electric blankest, fans are by far the least costly to operate. If used, correctly you can probably even do without the heating pads and blankets. So use your ceiling fans to reclaim heat and save money!
HOW CEILING FANS REDUCE HEATING COSTS
Now, the key is knowing how to use ceiling fans to reduce heating costs. The answer is actually pretty simple. Reverse your ceiling fan direction. Ceiling fans should spin counter-clockwise (down) in summer, but clockwise (up) in winter.
How Ceiling Fan Blades Work
Ceiling fan blades are set at an angle, so one edge of the blade will be higher than the other. If the higher edge of the blade is leading the rotation as the fan spins, the fan is pushing air DOWN, and cools. If the lower edge is leading the rotation, the fan is pushing air up and hot air trapped at the ceiling is pushed back down (so your heat is “reclaimed”).
You can read more about ceiling fan direction in our blog post
From the energy-saving experts at Fan Diego, stay cozy!