If you are looking to cool down your room without racking up huge energy bills by running an AC unit, then the best way to do it will be by installing a ceiling fan. However, first time buyers can be confused about how to choose a good ceiling fan for their home. As such, this post takes a brief look at the features you must consider when choosing a ceiling fan and how to maintain the fan properly once you buy it.
Size Of The Blade And Material Used
The first thing to watch out for is the size of the blade. Usually, fans are manufactured with three, four or five blades. And even though it is said that more blades result in more air circulation, it actually makes only a small change. Whether you choose a fan with three or five blades, you won’t feel any noticeable difference. However, the more number of blades a fan has, the pricier it will be. As such, if you are on a tight budget, then limiting your purchase to a three blade fan will be a smart move. Now, the length of the blade can vary from 30 inches to 60 inches. The longer the blade, the more area of the room the fan will cover, and more air will be circulated. So, think about the size of your room and pick a fan with a blade which has a good enough length to move the air in that room. And as far as the material is concerned, the fan blades can be manufactured from wood, plywood, plastic, and so on.
Make sure that you only choose an energy efficient fan. This can be judged by looking at the motor it uses. Generally, you will come across two types of motors – AC and DC motors. It is advisable that you choose the DC motors as they are estimated to consume about 70% less energy as compared to the AC motors without sacrificing too much performance. In fact, energy efficient dc motors add power to large ceiling fans without generating any extra noise or excess heat. In addition, all energy efficient fans are required to provide 30-year warranty on motor and 1 years warranty on other components by the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As such, choosing an energy efficient fan should look like the most sensible option for you.
You also need to look at the controls offered by the ceiling fan. Generally, you will have three control options available – pull chain control, wall control, and remote control. If you are going to use the fan in a room that does not have too much traffic, then you should ideally go for the pull chain control, which offers an easy and convenient way to operate the fan. But remember that this is a basic control that can mostly only switch the fan on and off. If you need to control the speed of the fan, the lighting on it, and the direction in which the blades are turning, then you should opt for a wall control. Now, if you do not like to move towards the wall control and would like to operate the fan right from the position you are at, then you should look for the remote control option. They usually have a range of up to 50 feet and is ideal for bedrooms where you might want to operate the fan without getting out of the bed.
Another factor to consider is the lighting. Fans are manufactured with or without lights. And you will mostly have to choose from three options – fluorescent, LED, or halogen lights. Fluorescent lights are estimated to use up to 75% less energy when compared to other types of incandescent lights. They can last up to 10,000 hours and are capable of emitting cool or warm lighting. LED lights consume the least energy of the three options. In addition, they also last the longest at 50,000 hours. Halogen lights emit a warm light and have the lowest lifespan at 1500 hours. They are estimated to use about 15% less energy than other incandescent light types. Pick one that you think lights your room better and makes it look attractive. And if you are confused as to whether to choose a fan with lights or no lights, we recommend that you choose a fan with lights. After all, you can switch the lights off in case you don’t want it. Just make sure that there is no large price difference between the two options.
Tips For Taking Proper Care Of Your Ceiling Fan
In order to ensure that the ceiling fan you just bought runs optimally and lasts long without giving you any trouble, you need to take care of it properly. And for that, the following tips should be helpful.
Oil The Motors Regularly
Make sure that you lubricate the motor of the fan regularly or it might consume more electricity and bump up your energy bills. And in the worst case scenario, the motor might get damaged much earlier than its estimated life expectancy. Now, how you should lubricate the motor will depend on what type of fan you have. If you own a belt-driven ceiling fan, then it is advisable that you oil the motor at least two times every year. If the fan has a standard motor, then you only need to lubricate it once a year. And if you have an old style cast iron fan, then it is recommended that you do proper oiling at least once every six months.
Clean The Blades
Always keep the blades clean. Make sure you remove any dust on the fan blades. Do not let the dust accumulate as it can affect the performance of the fan negatively. It is recommended that you clean the fan blades at least once a month. Though vacuuming is a good way to remove the dust from the blades, a much better method is to wipe the blades a wet cloth. This will ensure that not a speck of dust remains on the blade.
The above is a basic guide to buying and maintaining a ceiling fan. Make sure that you do follow them and you will be able to buy the best fan for your home – one that serves you for many years without any major complaint.