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Ceiling Fans in CT
The primary function of ceiling fans is to move air so you feel more comfortable and cooler in summer and warmer in winter while utilizing minimal energy. All fans move air. How much air is circulated, how efficiently, how quietly, with how much annoying wobble, and how long the fan lasts are questions wise consumers should ask before selecting a ceiling fan. Higher quality is measured in more than just dollars and cents. At first glance all fans may appear to be alike...they're not! Here are some things to look for and compare before purchasing a ceiling fan:
Why inexpensive fans are noisy fans
Inexpensive fans generally lack proper noise-reducing components such as isolation rings and rubber cushions between metal parts. These special noise silencers help stop the transference of noise through the fan to the ceiling where it is magnified. Inexpensive fans usually do not have these components because they add extra costs to manufacturing. Noise is generated because the fan in general is poorly engineered and manufactured using short-cuts.
Why fans can break down prematurely
A common cause of breakdown in inexpensive fans is the on/off switch. The internal mechanism can become faulty or the switch chain may be pulled out of the housing. For a fan to operate efficiently and effectively, the motor size must be engineered to match the blade pitch and blade length. Inexpensive fans may have inadequate size motors which can cause overheating and motor burn-out. In many instances, lower quality fans may not have enough blade pitch to effectively move air. The greater the blade pitch, the more movement of air... but remember, the greater the pitch, the greater the need for a larger motor!
Why Ceiling Fans?
Aesthetic appearance of quality workmanship, the silent rhythm of motion, and the economic benefits in heating make the ceiling fan one of the world's most useful appliances. It may seem odd to call a ceiling fan an appliance. It doesn't make coffee, sew a dress, or cook. But by definition an appliance is an instrument, apparatus, or device developed for a particular use. The fan fits. The ceiling fan enhances our environment and adds comfort. It meets a need.
Very few items found in the home can match a ceiling fan's combination of outward beauty, functional effectiveness, and dependability. A quality ceiling fan increases the beauty of any home or apartment. It can also lower heating and cooling bills which makes a ceiling fan an investment that pays for itself. Ceiling fans make air behave, and a properly directed and main air flow can have either a cooling or warming effect. Everyone has experienced the cooling effects of a light breeze. As air moves across, it evaporates body moisture, making one feel cooler and more comfortable. With a ceiling fan generating cooling breezes in your home, you can set your air conditioning thermostat at a higher, more economical level. You save money without sacrificing comfort.
Ceiling fans are more than a cooling device. They can also more effectively distribute heat throughout your home. Warm air rises and cool air can become trapped near floor level. This accumulation of air layers can be a problem during colder months in rooms with high or domed ceilings. A ceiling fan breaks up the cool and warm layers, making the overall room temperature uniform. By simply flipping a switch to reverse the fan's normal direction, warm air is moved across the ceiling and down the walls. This distributes room heat without creating a cooling draft. The result is that warm air is where you need it - at the level you live in, not on the ceiling. So, in winter you can lower your furnace thermostat by several degrees, again saving energy dollars. Ceiling fans can also guarantee proper airflow in solar and other alternative fuel heating environments. The noiseless operation and variable running speeds make ceiling fans an unobtrusive, efficient and beautiful appliance.
Why do consumers purchase ceiling fans?
Ceiling fans are purchased for three main reasons:
- Heat Reclamation
The idea of "Wind Chill" - A ceiling fan generally moves counter-clockwise to cool and provides a breeze that makes the air feel cooler, even though they don't actually lower the temperature. With a ceiling fan working, 78 or 80 degrees can be as comfortable as 72 degrees--leading to big energy savings.
This savings could add up to as much as 40% during the summer. Even at high speed, a ceiling fan typically uses less energy than a 100 watt light bulb--and less than a 25 watt bulb at low speed.
Warm air rises, so the warmest air is trapped near the ceiling and wasted. Set on its lowest speed IN REVERSE (so there will be no wind chill effect), the ceiling fan pushes warm air down from the ceiling. In effect, homeowners reclaim lost heat--and lost heating dollars. You can turn the thermostat down and save up to 10% on heating bills while keeping the home warm and comfortable.
Ceiling Fans also enhance the character of any room or home. With the variety of styles and models available today, finding one to fit your decor is easy. Ceiling fans add that extra "finished" decorative touch that helps make a beautiful statement in any room.
Can a ceiling fan improve comfort in almost every room in the home? ...YES!
- Bedrooms - There are many nights when the air conditioning can simply be turned off providing greater energy savings with no loss of comfort.
- Bathrooms - Eliminates mildew by drying towels and showers quickly. This is a perfect application for a ceiling fan, even though bathrooms are often quite small.
- Kitchens - Quickly disperses heat, smoke, and cooking odors making the kitchen more pleasant for the cook.
- Recreation Rooms - Keeps active people comfortable without adjusting the air conditioning and thereby upsetting temperatures elsewhere in the home.
- Living Rooms - Maintains even temperatures by dispersing heat from windows. Also disperses cigarette smoke and heat from large gatherings.
- Sunrooms and Atriums - Circulates and distributes solar heated air throughout the home and reduces the risk of overheating sensitive plants.
- Dining Room - By using medium speed upward airflow, diners can be kept comfortable in the typically smaller area without cooling the meal.
- Rooms with Fireplaces - Circulates and distributes heated air through other parts of the home reducing furnace usage.
- Vaulted Ceiling Rooms - Eliminates heat stratification for improved winter comfort and reduced energy bills.