How Your Ceiling Fan Blades Contribute To Feeling Cooler
When most homeowners shop for a new ceiling fan, the first thing they look for is an aesthetically pleasing style. They may count the blades, assuming they are what controls the breeze.
But there’s more to it than that. Ceiling fan blades impact both aesthetics and functionality.
Ceiling fan blades can operate in dry or wet conditions. They can create a welcome breeze or do little at all. It all depends on how the ceiling fan was designed and how much power is in the motor.
Two blades or three?
With many home fixtures, more is better. That’s not always true with ceiling fan blades. Increasing fan blades from three to four, or five, won’t necessarily increase performance. In some cases, a one or two blade fan can cool better.
Blade quantity isn’t what controls air movement or circulation. Instead, it’s the efficiency of the motor powering the fan. Going with a higher powered ceiling fan means it will have more power to produce air movement. It will also last longer as it won’t wear out through use.
The blade span is the width of the fan from tip to tip. When you see manufacturers referencing this by a 42 or 52 inch ceiling fan, for example, this is what they are referring to. But going larger doesn’t work for every room. Longer blades work best in larger rooms to create a more comfortable airflow. Like blade number, blade span isn’t what controls airflow, it’s the motor. The motor needs to be powerful enough to control the blades in an efficient way.
Blades can be made from a lot of different materials. This is where you can have fun with design and make your ceiling fan aesthetically pleasing. Some are made out of particleboard or fiberboard. Some are made from furniture-grade hardwood. Some are designed for indoor use, while others can be used outdoors. Be careful if you’ll be placing it outside and it will be exposed to moisture.
The size of your room
You can’t just put any ceiling fan in any room. Ceiling height plays an important role too. If your ceiling fan is less than 8 feet high, you’ll use what is referred to as a flush-mount. Ceilings 8 feet or taller use downrods to hang the ceiling fan at optimal height of 8 to 9 feet from the floor.
Like other home appliances, pay attention to the energy efficiency of your ceiling fan before you install it. Energy Star rates the overall efficiency of ceiling fans, rating motor speed and design. You can also use your ceiling fan to lower energy costs winter and summer by reversing the blade direction to help control airflow. Be sure the ceiling fan you select has this option.
Whether you need help selecting the right ceiling fan for your home, or need help installing it, we’re here to help.