Design & Decor

Ceiling Fans – Are You A Fan?

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You might have seen them in restaurants and hotels: those large fans, fixed to the ceiling, that rotate and keep the whole room cool. But have you ever considered getting one for your home?

The Quandary

Maybe you thought that a ceiling fan would be too expensive. Or perhaps you thought it would be too difficult to install. But both are common misconceptions.

Ceiling fans are competitively priced with the best freestanding fans. And installing one is about as difficult as putting in a new light fitting.

Additionally, you might not have realised that ceiling fans are also useful in winter. Warm air rises and they can blow it down again, thus saving on heating bills.

Common concerns

One thing to consider, if you’re thinking of getting a ceiling fan, is getting one with a light integrated. As the fan will be taking up a space on your ceiling where there used to be a light fitting, you may want a light as part of the fan. This will help you to ensure that the room doesn’t end up dark. Don’t worry about having to leave the fan on just to use the light, as they can be turned on and off separately.

Another common fear with ceiling fans is that they might fall down and injure someone. However, if you think about it, have you ever seen a lamp fall down from the ceiling? It’s very unlikely that you have, because things that are fixed to ceilings have to be fixed up to certain safety standards. Fail-safe mechanisms are used to to keep them from falling down, even if one of the connections breaks.

How These Fans Work?

The average home ceiling fan rotates about three times per second on the highest speed setting, for safety reasons. To rotate faster, as industrial fans do, the fan would need to have sharper blades, which poses an obvious health hazard. Still, three complete rotations per minute isn’t that slow and larger fans especially can really make their presence felt.

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