Monday, July 4, 2011

What to Look For in a Ceilng Fan

When you're shopping for a new ceiling fan, take a look at the following attributes:

The Finish:  The more expensive ceiling fans have a sealant added to prevent wood from warping and peeling.  A good quality finish on metal blades helps prevent tarnishing from occurring and helps prevent scratching.

Blade Pitch:  The wider the blade and the higher their angle the more air that gets circulated. The more expensive fans have a blade pitch of about 12 to 14 degrees.

The Quality of the Fan Motor: The best fans are rated as an Energy Star product.  This guarantees a quality fan.  The motor will have a 30 year warranty and will operated 50 percent more efficiently than conventional ceiling fans.

Making Rooms More Comfortable

Although one of the best things about a ceiling fan is how much it can add to a rooms personality, there is also the other benefit they are known for.  You can make a room more comfortable and cooler in the summertime. In the winter, just reverse the direction of the fan to gain benefits from running the ceiling fan in the wintertime.

When the fan is in the forward position, you will feel a breeze when you stand below the fan.  For the warmest of days, you can run the fan on high to get the maximum benefit.

In the winter, reverse the fan direction.  You can tell you've done this correctly if you turn it on but don't feel any stirring of air when you stand below the fan. The fan is working on the warm air that has collected at ceiling level.  You can't run your fan on high in reverse.  This can actually cool down the warmed air which is defeating the intention. So run it on low or medium.  This can help to take a chill out of the air and help to make every corner of the room warmer and more comfortable.