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.
INSTALL CEILING FANS TO SAVE ON COOLING & HEATING COSTS
Like many people, you may have installed or may presently be considering installing indoor ceiling fans for the benefits to your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Ceiling fans can often prolong the time leading up to the hot summer months that you can forego running your home’s air conditioner, saving you on cooling costs while also being friendly to the environment. In the winter and cooler months, ceiling fans can be run in reverse to force the warmer air into the lower areas of the room, saving on heating costs. That said, many people wonder, since ceiling fans are already such great electricity savers, why the ENERGY STAR certification matters and exactly what it means for ceiling fans.
HOW ENERGY STAR CEILING FANS SAVE EVEN MORE!
The answer in its most basic form is quite simple: ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans provide additional savings by producing effective results with minimal energy consumption. In fact, ceiling fans that are ENERGY STAR certified use approximately 50 percent less energy than their non-certified counterparts which results in an approximately $15 savings each year. Although that cost may seem slight upfront, consider the math – if you have one ENERGY STAR indoor ceiling fan that you use consistently over the course of 10 years, that’s $150 in savings. However, most homes contain more than one ceiling fan – so if you have three fans, that’s $45 a year.
Beyond the cost savings, many ENERGY STAR ceiling fans actually contain improved parts, such as enhanced motors and blade designs. Even better, the benefits of ENERGY STAR indoor ceiling fans extend beyond your own home to also provide benefit to our planet, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by inefficient energy usage.
To assist homeowners with purchasing the ENERGY STAR ceiling fan that will work most effectively and efficiently in their home, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided guidance as to the proper fan blade size for the room – the recommendations are as follows:
The best ceiling fans will reduce your heating and cooling costs, be environmentally friendly, provide light and function to your home, as well as contribute to your home’s aesthetic. To learn more or to find the best ceiling fans for your home, contact us at 800-240-6267 or online.
Decorating your home should be a process of procuring the perfect items to complement both your design style as well as home’s function. Ceiling fans are an important component, as they provide both design aesthetic and functionality. When you buy ceiling fans, consider these 10 ways that they can benefit your home.
- Ceiling fan Lighting – Many of the best ceiling fans will include lighting in addition to the actual fan. This lighting comes in several options, from up lighting to down lighting in varying levels of brightness
- Circulation – Sometimes, you don’t need a cooler room – just air movement. Ceiling fans keep the air flowing through your home, ensuring that the environment does not become stale
- Lower Utility Costs – Ceiling fans often provide a great alternative to air conditioning in those spring and early summer months. Rather than turning on the AC which requires more energy, simply turn on fans to reduce your energy bills
- Stay Warm – Many of the best ceiling fans can rotate in two directions. While one direction does help cool the room, the other direction will push the hot air which rises back down into the room, helping to raise the overall room temperature while also keeping the airflow moving
- Keep the Outdoors Breezy – Outdoor ceiling fans can help you to enjoy outdoor spaces in comfort even on warmer days. Consider adding them to a porch or covered deck to keep your skin cool, improving your level of comfort even in the hottest of months
- Set the Room’s Tone – The right ceiling fan can contribute to a room’s overall tone. Ceiling fans come in every color, a variety of finishes, and countless lighting styles. By including it in your room design, it can contribute to your overall aesthetic as well as lighting design
- Contribute to a Theme – While there are many ceiling fans that are built for function, ceiling fans also come in several novelty shapes. For example, a fan that features palm frond fan blades can be the perfect complement to a tropical getaway. Other fan blades look like airplane propellers or have favorite characters
- White Noise – Many people require a bit of subtle background noise in order to relax – this noise that slightly covers background noises, without actually producing noise that people focus on is called white noise; ceiling fans produce the perfect amount of white noise
- Keep on Cooking – Open concept homes are quite popular – meaning that the living area is often connected to the kitchen. Odors and smoke from unventilated ranges and ovens can quickly spread throughout the home, but ceiling fans can help to ventilate the space, clear the odor, and save the family from the noise of smoke detectors going off in the evening hours
- Discourage Pests – Because of their constant movement, ceiling fans discourage the presence of pests, such as insects. This is true for both indoor ceiling fans and outdoor ceiling fans
Indoor ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool – and when you install and buy ceiling fans for your home, odds are that you will have several sound years of great air circulation and gentle white noise. However, over time, it is possible that your ceiling fans – even the best ceiling fans – may begin to show signs of wear, such as clicking noises or wobbling. These imperfections can have a variety of sources, but one of the most frequent causes is warped ceiling fan blades.
Ceiling fan blades come in a variety of shapes and materials, but they all share the vulnerability to warp over time. Things like kids using fan blades to build forts or even just continual temperature and climate variations may cause the warping. While this certainly isn’t a frequent occurrence, it does happen. The good news is that you can make your ceiling fan like new for just a fraction of the cost of a new fan.
INDOOR CEILING FANS: HOW TO REPLACE THE BLADES
Replacing ceiling fan blades is a relatively easy project for a seasoned DIY-er. You will need a screwdriver and a ladder to complete the swap.
1. Measure your current ceiling fan blades.
To begin, get the exact measurements of your existing ceiling fan blade. If you are unable to get precise measurements, consider securing a replacement blade that is made by the same company. Alternately, bring your ceiling fan blade with you to the store to match it up with potential replacement blades. It is very important that the blade sizes match in all facets because if they do not, you can throw your fan off balance, not only creating uneven airflow, but causing stress to the motor.
2. Turn off the main power and remove the damaged ceiling fan blade(s).
First thing first – to remove the warped or damaged blade, place your ladder under and slightly to the side of your ceiling fan; you want to make sure that you have an unfettered line of sight to your replacement site. For safety, turn off your fan’s main power source. Then, with your screw driver, loosen the screws that hold the blade in while holding the blade still with your other hand – once the screw are removed, lift the blade up and give it a slight jiggle to remove it from the mounting bracket.
3. Mount the new ceiling fan blade and test.
Once the existing blade is removed, you’re ready to mount the new blade. Place the new blade into the mounting bracket (small end in the bracket, large end facing outward), and then align the holes in the mounting bracket with the new blade’s screw holes and screw the blade in tightly. Be careful not to over tighten the screws, as doing so could warp or split your new blade – however, also make sure that they are not loose, as this may cause a wobbly blade that will quickly warp or break. Give the new blade a tiny jiggle to ensure that it is secure before turning on the power to the fan for a test run.
Aside from the shopping part, this swap can be completed in 15 minutes or less, provided that you have the proper materials for the job and that the blade is indeed the problem with your current ceiling fan.
If you are having an issue with your ceiling fan and would like to consult with a ceiling fan expert to diagnose the issue, please give us a call at 800-240-6267.
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Ceiling Fans with Standard Blades
Hi, I'm John at Fan Diego, the ceiling fan store. Today I want to talk a little bit about decorating, decorating ceiling fan blades to be specific. And I have a couple of examples here, of different kinds and qualities of blades. This is an example of a standard blade, and every manufacturer will have a fan with this kind of blade, it's basically a paper product. As you can see, I've sanded it here to reveal that it's really... other than painting this fan blade, it cannot be refinished. Often times, I get two types of questions about blades; number one, can they be painted and two, can they be refinished? So your basic paper product blade might be able to be painted but it cannot be refinished. I say it might be able to be painted because fan blades are weighed within a couple grams of one another and often times that will keep the fan from wobbling. And it's very important that the blades weigh the same amount, so it doesn't wobble.
So if you're going to paint a blade, it's very important that you get the same amount of paint on all the blades and weigh them so you know that they weight the same amount and the fan will operate properly.
Wood Ceiling Fan Blades
Now there's a different caliber of blade, this is an Emerson blade, part of their blade select series. As one example, I've sanded this down to reveal that this is an actual real wood product. So although this blade does come in teak, maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany, comes in quite a bit of colors, and most colors I think would work for most homes, a blade like this can be refinished.
The same rules apply as painting, but this is actually a real, all wood blade. Now most manufacturers, or quite a few of them anyway; Casablanca, Emerson, Fanimation, some of the better manufacturers have custom blades, along the lines of something like this. Now I've sanded this piece down as well, to reveal that this is an actual wood product as well. So something like this could also be refinished. And you really want to be careful when you're trying to decorate a blade because of the balance issue, but those are the basics. We'll see you next time, this is John in San Diego and if you need to contact us, we are available at fandiego.com
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