How to choose a ceiling fan?
Points to consider when buying a new ceiling fan
Ceiling fans are a great energy efficient cooling option for your home, both indoors and out. The range of variations is enormous and can be confusing to residents upgrading old fans or installing new units. We've put together some tips to help you choose the perfect ceiling fan for your particular needs.
Where is the ceiling fan to be installed - bedroom, deck or living area?
It’s important to select a quiet fan for use in sleeping areas or home offices to avoid excessive noise disruption. Choose a fan specifically designed for outdoor use if you need one on the verandah or deck to ensure it doesn’t rust and is suited to outdoor conditions.
Consider the room size, as well as the height and pitch of the ceiling
Is the room large or odd shaped? Will two ceiling fans be better than one to evenly distribute the cooling throughout the space? The majority of fans are strategically positioned in the centre of the room to allow for constant/consistent airflow however if your room is large two or more fans could be a practical option.
Before buying a fan you’ll need to consider the ceiling height, the pitch of the ceiling (flat or angled), and how the fan can be mounted if variations from the standard 2.4m flat ceiling occur. Extension rods are used for high or cathedral ceilings to ensure the fan is at optimal height (2.1m) to cool the room.
Do you require a light fan combination?
If your new fan will impede existing light fittings it can create a strobe lighting effect in the room which is not ideal. Fans that obstruct a light fitting or downlight could be replaced with a fan-light combination to avoid this issue.
With so many ceiling fan style options on the market, you are sure to be able to match your new fan with the room decor. If your home has a modern décor you may prefer a contemporary chrome fan, alternatively, for an older Queenslander style residence, you may consider a fan with traditional timber or rattan blade material.
Compare the ceiling fan blade performance
How much cooling does the room require? The blade pitch, more so than the number or size of the blades, affects how much air the fan moves. If your room gets particularly hot ensure you choose a blade pitch (angle) at the higher end. Blade pitch ranges from around 8 to 15 degrees.
Do you live near the ocean or waterways?
Salty air or high humidity can cause the metal components of ceiling fans to rust over time. If you live close to the water it may be worth considering a stainless steel fan for longevity.
Remote control fan option
Being able to control the action of your fan as well as turn the light on and off using a remote control from anywhere in the room can be a convenient extra option. These are a great choice for homes with residents with mobility issues or the elderly.
Opting for remote control ceiling fans can have the added bonus of reducing the wiring and wall switches required.
How much does a ceiling fan cost?
Ceiling fans vary in price from around $90 for a basic fan to $900 for top-end models.
Do you need an electrician to install a ceiling fan?
Yes. In Australia all electrical work must be carried out by a licensed electrician, this includes installing ceiling fans. Also, most product warranties will only cover ceiling fans installed by a professional electrician as. Your electrician will ensure the fan is installed safely, to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and they’ll answer any questions you have about using the fan.
How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?
The ceiling fan installation price will vary depending on the complexity of the job. Contact our electrical service team at 1300 762 260 for a custom ceiling fan installation quote today.
Tip - save installation costs by getting more than one ceiling fan installed during your electrician's visit.
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If you’d like professional advice on choosing the perfect ceiling fan for your Brisbane or Gold Coast home contact our team at 1300 762 260 or complete our ceiling fan enquiry form today.
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