Ceiling Fan Squad
The Ceiling Fan Squad are experts at any ceiling fan work. Whether you need to install them, have them replaced or repaired, or maybe you just need some information on them. The Ceiling Fan Squad in Sacramento is your number one place to go for all your ceiling fan needs.
And now, some words from the experts…
Modern day ceiling fans are powered by an electric motor, the variety of types, shapes sizes and even purposes are tremendous. Today you can get ceiling fans as an elegant ornate decoration in your room, complete with fancy light fixtures, or they could have delicately designed bass work on them. Or you could just get the basic electric fan that does its thing of spinning above your head, keeping you cool without huge electrical consumption.
That’s right, running ceilings fans are far more economical than running ACs, however unlike ACs ceiling fans do not lower the room temperature as such, but rather just circulates the air creating a slight indoor (or outdoor) breeze.
Fans cool people not rooms
How do fans keep us cool? What they do is, create just enough wind to evaporate the body sweat, allowing the natural cooling system of the body to work more effectively, thus it seems the temperature is lowering. This is a very effective way to keep the body cool in warmer climates, and can even keep you warmer in cooler climates (we’ll talk more about that later).
However, since ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature, sometimes it JUST GETS TOO HOT and you really need more than just a fan, and air-conditioning is a must! But don’t be too quick to say good bye to ceiling fans completely, using ceiling fans with air-conditioning is a great idea, as it still give the same cooling effect which means you would have to keep the thermostat at as a low temperature as you would without the use of a ceiling fans. This means that even if you do use air-conditioning, ceiling fans can still help you conserve electricity and reduce your power bill considerably. In the same way, since ceiling fans really don’t cool the room down like an AC, it would be totally ineffective to keep the fan running if there is no one in the room.
Types of Ceiling fans
Did you know that there are many different types of ceiling fans that have various functions, sizes and uses?
Fan sizes depend entirely on the size of the room, and finding the right sized fan for your room is just about as important as having one in the first place. For maximum performance from your ceiling fan you are going to have to find the right size for your room.
How do you find out what size fan you need? The easiest way of course would be to ask an expert, have the dimensions of the room/rooms you need fans in, ready and a ceiling fan expert can easily point out the correct size. You will need to be aware of not only the surface area, but also the height of the ceiling. You can also have some fun and figure it out for yourself by referring to the chart below for an easy guide.
Downrod or no?
A simple way to know if you need a downrod on your fan is by determining your ceiling height. Ideally you would want your fan to be about 8’ from the floor. So if you had a 9’ ceiling then that would mean no rod, just the standard that comes with the fan. If your ceiling was 10’ then you would need a downrod of about 12” to 18”. If your ceiling was 12’ high then, you got it, you would need a 24” downrod. And you get the point, now you can calculate it for any ceiling height.
Next, how long do your fan blades need to be?
The most common ceiling fan size is 52” and fits a room that is 10’ by 10’ up to 16’ by 16’. The fan size is really called the fan sweep, this is calculated by taking the distance from the tip of the fan blade to the center of the motor, and then doubling it. Again you can very easily ask your local ceiling fan expert to select the correct size, just by giving in the dimensions of your room. But here is a chart for your easy reference:
For a room size 6’ by 6’ or smaller you would need a fan sweep of 26” or 31”
For a room size 8’ by 8’ or smaller you would need a fan sweep of 36”
For a room size 10’ by 10’ or smaller you would need a fan sweep of 42”
For a room size 10’ by 10’ to 16’ by 16’ you would need a fan sweep of 52”
For a room size 16’ by 16’ up to 25’ by 25’ you would need a fan sweep of 58” or 60”
If you had a room larger than that, you would like to think about having two fans for better results.
The fan should be placed in the center of the room with the outer edges of the fans blades about 30” away from the walls or any other obstructions. If you need a fan installed on a sloping ceiling, again this is totally doable, with a little extra measuring you can get your fan up there with no problems at all.
Once you know your fan size, and where you need to install it and all those other details, the fun begins. With all the advanced technology, fans not only can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, they can also be a fun way to spruce up your home décor. Whether it’s in your living room, kids room, sitting room, patio or porch there are all sorts of styles and colors available, you could even add on a light fixture, or try out the new ones with LED light kits which offer long life spans. Fans today are also available with quick installations that you could do yourself.
Whatever your need, whatever your preference we can help you find the perfect fans to suit the needs of your house and décor needs. For more information on how to install a fan on your own, please wait for our upcoming article on the topic. Don’t hesitate to call the Ceiling Fan Squad for any ceiling fan installations, replacements or repairs, in Sacramento, California.