Ceiling fans can help alleviate both the heat and the climbing energy bill. By circulating the air ceiling fans move warm air toward the ceiling and into attic vents while creating a “wind-chill” effect, which adds to the cooling sensation.
On the other part, air conditioners are not energy savers. Far from any other appliance in the home, air conditioners no matter how technologically advanced, they tend to consume huge amounts of energy. It has been found that around 20% of all the energy spent in the Western countries is as a result of using energy savers. Fans use the same amount of energy as that used to light a bulb. Using low amount of energy does not translate to its inefficiency as many may argue but it translates to bringing down the temperatures of the room to 18 degrees. While serving an energy saving function, fans can also accentuate the style and decor in your home or office. The innovative styles and designs of the fans have come a very long way.
Buying a fan; what to consider
it is very difficult to understand why a particular fan costs less than the other. Sometimes the price may vary because of the design and style of the fan but mostly, the Quality is the main determinant of an expensive fan. Quality superior fans pay attention to blade angle, use higher quality internal components and are better engineered. On the other hand, cheap fans have a very short lifespan. A wobbling fan generally wears out fast.
More to this is that the air moved by high quality, expensive fan is more than that moved by the low quality blades. For any traditional ceiling, the blades should be between 12 to 16 degrees. the cheap fans have blades of between 12 to 16 degrees only.
Fan Sizes and Location
the traditional fans have to be located at the centre of the room. In order to make sure that the air circulates maximumly, make sure that the fan is at a maximum of eight inches from the ground. For a high profile fan the ceiling should be placed high while for a low ceiling a low profile ceiling should be hung.
There non traditional fans known as directional fans which are stationary and located at a particular point in a room. However, to ensure that a wider area is cooled the directional fans may just swivel. Generally directional fans have stronger motors and sharper blade angles to move air more aggressively, but otherwise follow the same general quality guidelines as the traditional fans. These fans can be a good addition to cool a room that already has a traditional fan fitted on them.
Rotational Fans are a hybrid of Traditional and Directional fans. The fan is ceiling mounted like a traditional fan, but in place of fan blades a horizontal stem is attached to directional fans on either end.