Selecting the Right Ceiling Fan
Affordable to purchase and cost-effective to run, ceiling fans are the must-have home cooling appliance for every Australian home. With endless options for indoor and outdoor applications, if you’re buying a ceiling fan for the first time, or if you’re looking to replace an existing fan, you might be wondering where to start and what you need to consider. At Lighting Lighting Lighting, we have a huge range of functional and fashionable ceiling fans to suit every home and every budget. Here are our tips to help you choose the perfect ceiling fans for your home.
Where Will the Fan Be Installed?
Are you purchasing a ceiling fan for indoors or for an outdoor alfresco space? The location of the ceiling fan will have an effect on the fan you choose. Some fans can only be installed indoors, while others may be IP rated or labelled suitable for alfresco – meaning outdoor rooms, patios or verandahs, generally areas that are outdoors but covered and partially enclosed. Some fans may even be rated coastal. This means they will be made from a rust-resistant metal, and often featuring a sealed motor to protect it from moisture damage. These fans are ideal for tropical or humid environments or areas where water spray from rain or the sea could reach the fan.
Consider the Ceiling Type
Ceiling fans must be installed so there is a minimum of 2.1 metres from the floor to the blades. If you have standard ceiling heights and no pitch, the options are endless! If you have a house or apartment with low ceilings, hugger fans or ‘close to ceiling’ fans without a down rod would be a great option as they sit close to the ceiling ensuring maximum distance between the blades and the floor. For high ceilings, above 3 metres, you may need to purchase an extension rod so the fan is lowered to a level where it will be effective and if you have sloped or cathedral ceilings, not only will you need an extension rod you will need to ensure the fan you choose it suitable to be mounted on the specific ceiling pitch.
How Big is the Room?
Fans are available in a variety of sizes. To ensure the fan looks in proportion in the space, and to ensure maximum efficiency it’s important to pick the right size ceiling fan for the space. Generally, for smaller rooms of around 4m x 5m, such as bedrooms and studies, select a fan with a blade size of 122cm. Larger rooms sized between 20 to 36m2 such as living areas, dining rooms and rumpus rooms suit fans with blades from 132cm to 142cm or larger. Large outdoor rooms may benefit from a fan with a blade size of around 200cm for maximum airflow.
Consider the Style and Décor of the Room
For modern, contemporary homes, a sleek fan in chic chrome, crisp white or matte black would complement the design perfectly while for older, traditional and heritage homes, choose dark timber blades or fans in colours such as bronze, beige or off-white.
Do You Want Your Fans to Operate Via Remote Control?
Many fans come with remote controls included, others have standard wall controls but have the option of purchasing remotes separately. Remote controls allow you to conveniently turn the fan off or on and adjust the speed from anywhere in the room, and if your fan includes a light you can also control that from the same remote. Installing a fan with a remote receiver is a great option when installing a fan into an existing light point as there is no need to run an extra wire to control the fan, as the remote does everything for you.
Other Useful Tips When Purchasing Ceiling Fans:
- Timber blades have a quieter operation, making them great for bedrooms.
- Plastic or metal blades tend to move more air than timber blades due to their shape.
- Most fans are reversible, meaning they can be used in summer to cool a space and in winter to keep warm air in.
- Unusual blade and housing finishes and colours are striking and will draw attention to the fan, while a white fan blend seamlessly into your ceiling.
- Fans generally come with 3,4 or 5 blades, and there isn’t much difference between their performance, it’s more about the fan design you prefer. 5 blade fans sometimes require a larger motor to rotate the blades, and larger motors generally mean higher energy consumption.
- Fan motors come in Direct Current (DC) or Alternating Current (AC). DC motors are highly energy efficient and offer maximum performance, consuming around 75% less electricity than standard AC ceiling fans.
Now is the perfect time to purchase ceiling fans and prepare your home for the hot summer months ahead. If you are looking for stylish and practical ceiling fans at highly competitive prices, check out our great range today. Available in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes we’re sure to have a ceiling fan to suit your space. Need more than fans? At Lighting Lighting Lighting, we have amazing lighting solutions for every room in the house, so shop pendants, downlights, exterior lighting and led lamps online today. Get in touch on 1300 856 850.