For a long time, ceiling fans were considered a necessary evil in terms of home interior design. Fair enough, there weren’t many options to choose from. Thankfully, nowadays there are many types and styles of ceiling fans which will blend effortlessly with your interior design style. But when you set out to buy a ceiling fan, how can you be sure it’s the best? Let us give you some tips for choosing the best ceiling fan to buy and help:
Keep the energy bill in mind.
You probably already know that a ceiling fan is much cheaper than an air-con when it comes to energy costs. However, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. If you live in a very hot climate, you can use a fan at the same time as an air-con, so the latter can be turned to a warmer temperature. Apart from that, don’t forget you can use your fan to reduce the energy bill in winter, too! Warm air rises up to the ceiling, and especially in industrial homes with tall ceilings this means the heating is not always as efficient as it could be. This is why most fans come with a reverse setting. Use this, and the warm air gets blown back down again, saving up to 10% on heating bills.
It may seem obvious, but you need to make sure the areas which are most used by people are the ones that get cooled by your fan. For example, if you have a large rectangular living room, it may be tempting to hang a large fan right in the middle of it. However, if that means it’s right over a side table and completely misses out the dining area on one end of the room and the seating area on the other, then it’s not very well placed. Make sure you check the spread of air flow of the fan you buy, so you know roughly what area it will cover. As for the height of fan, the ideal placement is between 2.5 and 3 meters off the floor. Also, it shouldn’t be closer than 30 cm closer to the ceiling – otherwise it becomes less effective at circulating air.
Be conscious about ceiling fans & lights.
A ceiling fan with light is useful when you’re short on space and want the ease of light and fan in one application. However, it is also possible to combine an industrial pendant light and a fan in one room, both practically and stylishly. In that case you’ll have to keep a few things in mind. For one, be careful not to put a small and/or light-weight pendant too close to a fan because this will make it move. Also remember that a ceiling fan could cause a flickering light effect when placed below a light source. Therefore, make sure your fan is above or on the same level as your (pendant) lights.
Indoor is not for outdoor!
Remember that if you’d like to buy a fan for outside, it needs to be an actual outdoor ceiling fan that’s suitable for the conditions. Some wooden or metal blades could be negatively affected by moist, for example. Make sure they’re labelled as “outdoor” or “wet rated”.
If you follow these tips for buying a ceiling fan, you’re well on your way to buy the best ceiling fan for your home. If you want to easily buy ceiling fans online, then we have got a good selection available in our online store.
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