How to Choose a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are becoming especially popular in modern houses, allowing homeowners to cool their occupants without acquiring a huge electricity bill or taking up too much space with a traditional standing fan. With all the options available in the market, choosing a ceiling fan can be an overwhelming experience for new homeowners. In this guide, we explain a few important factors you should consider before deciding on your ceiling fan installation in Singapore.
Consider the Size of Your Room
Naturally, the larger the size of your room, the larger the ceiling fan you will need to cool the whole room down. If you are installing the ceiling fan in a smaller room, you can afford to go for a smaller and lower-powered fan, which will be more than enough for the job while also helping you save on unnecessary electricity costs.
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Your room also has to have enough vertical space to fit a ceiling fan. Some ceiling fans come with lights installed on them, which may take up further space. If your room has a lower ceiling, you may want to look into getting a flush-mount (also known as ceiling hugger) fan.
Look at the Different Types of Ceiling Fan Operation
Some people prefer to operate their ceiling fans via a remote control, while others prefer a switch, and yet others may opt for a traditional pull chain. These days, there are even smart home innovations that allow you to control your lights and fans right from your smartphone, or even through voice activation. You may be considering only specific modes of operation for your ceiling fan, perhaps for convenience or accessibility purposes. For instance, using a pull chain might not be suitable if you intend for small children to be able to operate the fan, since they would not be able to reach the pull chain easily.
Considering whether you have a preference for your ceiling fan’s control options may be a large part of your search. While some fans have versatile modes of operation, others are limited to only one or two. As such, before settling on any particular ceiling fan, always check if its available control options align with your needs first.
If you are installing the switches for the ceiling fan yourself, be sure to put the fan and lights on different circuits or you might end up having to keep the lights on all night just to have the ceiling fan running.
Go for Energy-Efficient Models
Different ceiling fans have different motors and power consumption levels. The motor is the centrepiece of a fan, enabling its blades to spin. Higher-end fans tend to have better motors which in turn can help a fan to operate more efficiently. Poor-quality motors may produce a lot of heat and noise, which contributes to wear and tear and can potentially shorten the lifespan of the fan.
Some ceiling fans also compromise on efficiency because their blades are spaced out too widely. The optimum spread of a ceiling fan’s blades is around 15 degrees, which will maximise the fan’s capability of creating airflow circulation. Fans with blades that are spaced more than 15 degrees apart have less circulation capability and generally require more powerful motors than a typical fan of their size. As such, this can lead to increased energy consumption.
It is possible to purchase special energy-efficient ceiling fans, which are marked by an energy star specification. Energy star fans can help to reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent. However, these fans tend to be more expensive than traditional ceiling fans as a trade-off.
Find the Right Spot to Place the Fan
Unlike air-conditioners, ceiling fans do not lower the room temperature, but rather generate airflow and create a breeze to cool surrounding people down. The airflow of a ceiling fan typically only reaches up to around the radius of its blades, which means that anyone outside that area will not be feeling as much breeze as if they were nearer to the fan instead. If you are sitting to the side of the ceiling fan and a tall object, such as a wardrobe or a cabinet, is obstructing the path from the fan’s breeze to you, the cooling effect would not be as strong. Thus, we highly recommend that ceiling fans be placed directly above where you or other occupants spend the most time in the house. A good place would be above your bed or above the sofa.
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