They say knowledge is power, and when it comes to making the right choices in purchasing, installing and maintaining any new item in your home then it is only sensible to have the right amount of information before you make your purchase. I am dedicated to providing information on ceiling fans, not only do I have lots of articles about the best ceiling fans, I also have plenty of content aimed at people who want to get the most out of their fan.
These may not be the most glamorous aspects of your home, but knowing about your ceiling fan inside out can ensure you make the right purchase in the first place, and you take care of it correctly to ensure it has a long life and doesn’t cost unnecessary money by causing you to replace it early.
How Does a Ceiling Fan Work?
Philip Diehl invented the ceiling fan in early 1880’s, and since then, they have been cooling us down with comfortable air circulation. Although that ceiling fans are an excellent solution for wind-chill effect during summer, they are also very efficient in circulating warm air around the room during winter. All the top-class fans include a brilliant feature that allows you to reverse the spin rotation. By switching to reverse-mode, the ceiling fan generates an updraft and circulates warm air around the room. This year-round solution can significantly reduce the energy consumption in your house because you can reduce the use of an AC system if you also have a ceiling fan in the room.
Benefits of a Remote for Your Ceiling Fan
Investing in a ceiling fan with a remote offers many convenient benefits that improve the overall user experience. Having a remote allows you to operate the fan from the palm of your hand instead of having to get up from where you are and operate the fan using the pull-chains. This is an excellent way to make things easier for us where we can adjust the speed level and illumination from anywhere in the room. Despite the added luxury, many people still prefer the pull-chain mechanism over a handheld remote. The bottom line is that you must invest in a unit that matches your personal preference and provides sufficient air circulation.
Ceiling Fan Maintenance Tips
It is extremely important to regularly clean the ceiling fan to improve its durability and maximize its efficiency. Many ceiling fans include the so-called Dust-Armor nanotechnology that prevents dust build-up on the blades. Therefore, those ceiling fans require almost no maintenance at all. The motor is always properly sealed and does not require your maintenance attention but if you are an experienced DIY person, lubrication will boost the motor’s performance. However, motor assembling is something that you should always leave to the experts. It is not only for improved efficiency that you should dust and clean your ceiling fan because ceiling fans are also household decoration. Therefore, an efficient ceiling fan is also a good looking ceiling fan.
How to Choose the Right Size of Ceiling Fan?
It is extremely important that you figure out what size of a ceiling fan you need for the room. It is not hard to invest in a ceiling fan, but it can be a real headache to mount a fan that does not fit in the room. Therefore, you should always measure the room’s diameter so that you can pick a fan that provides the ideal air circulation and looks good at the same time. Ceiling fans come in all sizes, and the size can range from a compact 20-inch unit all the way up to 70 inches. Therefore, you should consider buying a smaller ceiling fan for smaller room and bigger fan for more spacious rooms.
How to Install and Replace a Ceiling Fan?
It is always better to call in an expert to mount your ceiling fan. However, there are some cases where you simply cannot afford to pay a professional and therefore, it is important that you read through this guide thoroughly. There are some electrical wires to deal with, so you need to ensure safety first at all times. Most, if not all ceiling fans come with an installation manual that you should always follow. Before you start, you need to choose the right location for the ceiling fan because an efficient ceiling fan that is correctly mounted to the ceiling, but not at the correct location, is not going to serve you any good.
Best Ceiling Fan Brands
The five best ceiling fan brands I recommend are Minka-Aire, Casablanca, Hunter Fan Company, Emerson, Monte Carlo, and Westinghouse. Each and every fan is unique, and they vary in size, performance, appearance, price, durability, design, features, and ease of use. Minka Aire excels in cooling functionalities and beauty, while being durable, cheap and energy efficient. Casablanca fans have world-class, traditional wood-theme. They’re slightly expensive yet embed marvelous workmanship and durability. Hunter Fan Company incorporate aesthetics, quality and energy star efficiency certification. Hunter Fan believes in maintaining the balance of cost and quality, without compromising on aesthetics. Emerson fans focus power and airflow ratings with efficiency with a well-engineered heavy duty motor over other factors. Lastly, Monte Carlo produces affordable innovative modern design fans, with good airflow and energy efficiency. Lastly, Westinghouse means reliability and high-quality. They use advanced engineering technology to maintain power, and energy efficiency. Here is our take on what the ceiling fan brands are the best.
Tower Fans vs Ceiling Fans
Tower and ceiling fans differ in many ways. Tower fans are long narrow portable cylinders that sit on the ground and don’t require proper installation. They have multiple blades lining which spins quickly to push out large quantities of air. They can be programmed to focus on specific areas to provide efficient cooling. Additionally, they have smart features to adjust fan speed and control air filtering for healthier air. They’re quieter; however, you need to understand airflow to maximize cooling efficiency. On the other hand, ceiling fans are suspended from the ceiling of a room, centrally to cover for a wider area. They use hub-mounted spinning paddles to spread the air around. They provide more aesthetic value, various designs and can embed light in the center as an added feature. Many people have a combination of both to cater to their specific needs based on scenario, place, and temperatures around. Here’s our “Tower FAns vs Ceiling Fans” article.
How to Balance a Ceiling Fan
To balance your ceiling fan you require a ladder, screwdriver, paper towels, ruler, pennies, superglue and tape as tools. Before you proceed with balancing, you have to tighten all screws, especially ones on the mounting bracket under the canopy cover. Major causes of imbalance are, dust build-up, blade misalignment with-respect-to ceiling, improper blade fixing on blade holder and the unequal vertical distance between holder and tip of each blade. You can use a balancing kit containing balancing weights and one plastic clip. It is important to observe the fan speeds at which wobbling occurs. Fasten the plastic clip half-way between the holder & the tip of the blade first and if there’s no difference, then move it across the blade to trace where the wobbling occurs. Then use balancing weight to balance the weight of faulty blade across the center line to finish the process.
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Tips on How to Replace a Ceiling Fan
If your fan has worn out, wobbles, produces clicking noise or doesn’t function, then it’s time to replace it. First, choose a place for installation and turn off the power there. Next, remove the canopy using a screwdriver, remove the caps by twisting and pulling them off and pull the wires apart. Then pull down the fan after separating it from mounting bracket. Now to put a new unit, slide the ceiling bracket over mounting bolts and make space for wires through its center. Feed the wires through the canopy and down rod and then tighten the down rod. Don’t forget to attach a ball mount on the down rod and secure it. At last, attach the blades, tighten the screws and you’re good to go.
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Whether you want to know how to choose the right ceiling fan for a certain area of your home, or you need to know functional information about your ceiling fan, I’ve created a hub which can hopefully provide you with a wealth of this kind of knowledge. Everything from buying to installing to looking after your ceiling fan are covered on my website.
If you’ve never bought a ceiling fan before then you might have to do some research to ensure you know things like how to choose the correct size, which brands are best, how to install and how to treat your fan every day by cleaning and maintaining it. My information section is designed to be the hub of all this detail.
Whether you spend $100 or $1000 on your ceiling fan, you probably won’t get the most out of it without doing a little bit of research, and I’ve aimed to have all of that research at your fingertips here.