A Good Ceiling Fan is Important in the Summer & Winter
A ceiling fan isn’t something people buy every day because when you buy one you expect it to last years and years. However, when you really need one, it doesn’t take long to realize there are so many choices. You want a good one because if you have a noisy one in your bedroom or shakes on high speed, or doesn’t reverse in the winter, you now have a problem.
We had a fire a while ago and we are very lucky everyone was safe. I don’t consider myself a great decorator and I am very careful about how I spend my hard earned money. I often second guess my decisions and I hate “buyer’s remorse”. Emerson’s Curva Sky is flush to the ceiling with all the power of a big fan.
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So after the fire, I had to buy FIVE ceiling fans! Insurance allowed less than $100 per fan, and it didn’t take much research before I knew that amount wasn’t going to meet our needs.
I wanted fans:
•That would be quiet.
• Energy efficient,
• Attractive and add to the look of the room
• A motor that would keep the fan running for years and run smoothly at all speeds
• It needs to cool us off in the summer and help with heat circulation in the winter
We live in an area with 4 seasons so I already knew that we would be running the fans as much ( more actually) in the winter than summer. For those of you who don’t understand that, let me explain.
Changing the direction of your fan to clockwise during winter will create an updraft recirculating heat which will make the room feel warmer. This should save you money because you can turn down the thermostat.
The fan direction for summer should be counterclockwise. The airflow is pushed downward creating the wind effect and therefore will make you feel cool.
So when we run our gas fireplaces with the fan on low, we always have the ceiling fans on to circulate the air.
I reviewed many fans on many sites and found consistent and solid information that was helpful in making my decision. I found that most of the features I wanted were spot on. However, keep in mind, I knew literally nothing about ceiling fans beyond what they looked like on the outside.
According to Hanson Wholesale
There are 5 major factors that work together to determine how much air a fan will move as well as it’s overall performance and durability. The most important factor is the motor. A strong precision made motor will move the most air without noise or wobble if the other 4 factors are present.
The 5 basic factors are
Motor Quality and Power (size).
Blade Shape and Size
Height from Ceiling
- The motor is the most important component of a ceiling fan. The most powerful motors will move the most air when combined with the proper blades and RPM. It is difficult to know what type and quality of motor is inside a fan that you are considering.
- Fans with good motors are going to be more expensive…but the difference in the amount of air you will feel is quite remarkable and the performance, durability, and efficiency is well worth the extra money. What I am hearing here is “you get what you pay f
- The angle at which the blade sweeps through the air is called the “Pitch” of the blade. A good blade pitch is typically 14 degrees or more.
Blade Shape & Size:
- With ceiling fans, when you combine a wider longer blade with a steeper pitch, you get even more air movement.
- Small ceiling fan blade sizes are diameters up to 42”. Common small blade spans include 26”, 30”, 32”, and 42” options, though there are many sizes available.
- Medium fan blades size from 44” up to 60”.
- Large ceiling fan blade sizes are the most common incorporating 52” diameters up to 60”.
- The largest size ceiling fan blades are in the great room category. The great size fan blades include any ceiling fan models that span over 62”. The size of your room will determine what size ceiling fan will circulate air the best.
- RPM is simply how fast your fan blades spin at a given speed setting. Faster means more air…but only if the blades are pitched properly. The best fans will give you 6 speeds from very low to very high.
Height from Ceiling:
- In order for a fan to operate efficiently, there need to be about 10 to 12 inches between the blades and the ceiling so that the air can flow freely around the blades without bouncing up and down between the blades and the ceiling. For higher ceilings, a longer down rod is recommended in order to bring the fan blades to about 8 or 9 feet from the floor so that you will feel the air movement.
Another factor that many reviewers agreed on was the importance of CFM (Cubic Feet of Airflow per Minute) CFM is important because it is what cools you or creates what is known as the “wind-chill effect”. An efficient fan that has a high CFM allows you to turn your AC up and save money. Did you know a good ceiling fan only cost about 2 to 3 cents an hour to run?
After reading review and review, I found other sites agreed with 5 basic factors found here.`I knew I would have to spend a little more than I had planned but I also knew there was a limit to what I was willing to spend per fan. I am not claiming to have made the absolute best decision, but here is what I did.
I chose the Minka Aire brand. There was so many to choose from as far as style and they met my criteria and still stayed in my budget. I have not been sorry. We are into our 3rd year with our five new fans and are thrilled with the performance and get compliments on them all the time. The Minka Wave looks beautiful.
Please let me know if you have another question you would like me to check out for you about ceiling fans. There is SO MUCH information, I couldn’t include it all of course. Summer is coming and it will be great to change the fans to run counterclockwise!