Ceiling fans are used throughout the home and in many commercial spaces such as public venues, offices and industrial environments. Their purposes are numerous ranging from ventilating dangerous fumes in an auto body garage to cooling the baby’s room on a hot sticky summer night. Some models are installed flush with the ceiling and are covered with a plastic, glass or metal dome, such as the type used in many modern bathrooms, while others are very large heavy-duty units hanging from the roof displaying their rotating blades.
Certainly, there are many ways to operate a ceiling fan. Some models come with pull strings or chains and users choose the individual chain for specific functions including turning the fan on and off, turning the light bulbs on and off, controlling the speed of the blades, and changing the direction of the blades from clockwise to counter-clockwise. Exhaust fans in the kitchen area usually have a switch on the shroud of the fan for high and low speeds.
In professional offices, however, it is cumbersome and most times inconvenient to operate the fans by chains or switches, so one of the office walls will be outfitted with a dial to change the settings. In luxury homes, and in areas where the fans are high up and out of reach, they are often operated by remote control. Additionally, there is no limit to the kinds of raw materials used to manufacture quality fans. You can purchase just about any design or fabrication if you are willing to spend the money.
When purchasing a ceiling fan, the first part of the decision will depend on the room where you want to use it. For example, it is not safe to run a plugin electric fan in the bathroom because of the danger of water hitting the motor. Bathrooms usually require a fan installed into the ceiling and those are always hardwired into the existing electrical system. On the other hand, if you are trying to cool down the den area because it has no windows, then you might choose a portable fan instead.
Another consideration, once you know the room in which you wish to install the fan, is the type. For example, if installing the ceiling fan in the kitchen, will it be used in addition to the extractor fan above the stove, indoor grill, or cooking area, or will the ceiling fan be the sole fan in the room? In the first instance, you might decide to have a fan above the stove and then a fancier ceiling fan in the middle of the room to circulate air. In the second instance, where you do not have room for a stove fan, then you might choose between a flush mounted extractor or a ceiling fan with exposed blades and a light fixture.
Size is a major concern when choosing a ceiling fan. First of all, the breadth of the blades may be too wide to install the fan properly in the given space. Secondly, if the fan is too large and powerful, not only will it become the unwanted focus of the room, but the air flow it creates might be too much for your purposes. Working in a small den or office while the fan tosses papers all about is not a good solution!
Next, look at the type of lighting that best suits your area. Do you require something very harsh and bright white, or is a warmer, cooler lighting more suitable for the circumstance? Think about how many light bulbs work best in the space, and determine whether or not the lighting matches the overall theme of the decor. While checking the lighting, be sure to find out whether the light bulbs are easy to replace or whether they are so different from standard bulbs that you will have to specially order them when it comes to find replacements. Lastly, energy conservation will be important to keep costs down on your electricty bills.
As you decide which ceiling fan is best for your purposes, you might also think about the manufacturers of the fans. You may have seen pictures of fans that you like in magazines and thus, prefer to buy from the same manufacturers. Some of the more common companies are Emerson, Hampton Bay, Casablanca, Hunter, Monte Carlo, Harbor Breeze, and Westinghouse. (See the links to the right of this article for much more detailed information on the various manufacturers of ceiling fans).
Most modern ceiling fans adhere to strict specifications in terms of safety regulations, but if the fan is from an unknown company, be sure to check the specs, especially if the fan is made out of the country. It should still comply with local regulations to ensure your family’s safety.
Finally, price is important for most people. Before settling for one particular fan, do some research and see what price range is available for what you need. Be careful of spending extra for features that you will never use. If you have a good shop around you should be able to find the right fan at the right price.
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