In the shop it looks good; whirring away softly, wide fan blades pushing air around in a circle, and a nice, hanging light fixture that will go wonderfully with your d��cor. It looks like you found the perfect ceiling fan among the dozens doing their job overhead at the fan shop, so you have the clerk box it up, ring it up, and off you go. After a bit of work your new fan is installed and you sit back to enjoy the cool breezes. But wait; what is that noise? It sounds like your ceiling fan is using a lawnmower engine! Now what?
Why Choose Ceiling Fans?
Suspended from the ceiling of a room, ceiling fans can cool things down in the summer and help heat things up in the winter. Since ancient times, the fan has been used to push air wherever it is needed, generating wind where there was none before. Hand fans, motorized fans, oscillating table-mounted fans all do their jobs well, but for an elegance of style and an all-around product, it is hard to beat the efficiency and comfort of the ceiling fan.
Ceiling Fan Options
Typically, there are either two or three controls on a ceiling fan, depending on whether or not the fan comes equipped with a light fixture. The fans usually take a dominate position in a room, crowding out existing light fixtures, so having one suspended beneath the fan is very convenient. One control is for the light, if needed, and the other two control the speed and direction that the fan blades travel in.
The directional switch is typically located on the side of the fan housing, and will change the fan from moving:
- Counterclockwise - pushes air down
- Clockwise - pulls air up.
The other control, typically a pull chain of one kind or another, will turn the fan on high speed-a pull or click and it goes to medium, one more to low, and a fourth to turn it off. Some of the more high-tech fans offer remote controls for these functions, which is a great way to operate high-placed and hard to reach fans.
Ceiling Fan Benefits
During the summer months, having the fan on its normal setting pushes the air down and moves it around, pushing cool air where it is needed. Because ceiling fans are efficient air circulators, they are utilized in homes with and without air conditioning systems.
Many might think a ceiling fan is a waste during winter months, but if switched to rotate clockwise the fan pulls the heated air through the room, and helps to modulate temperature throughout the space.
As for that pesky, noisy motor? Most fans will operate fairly quietly, but in a fan shop with noise and multiple fans running, the fan will seem to be completely silent. To help you buy the best fan for your home, ask to have it demonstrated in as quiet a way as possible, so you can tell if this is the fan for you.