While look is certainly very important when choosing a ceiling fan, which is also a decorative piece to give the room a traditional or contemporary feel, there are things beyond look you have to look closely and carefully for. Since you want ceiling fans just not for their look but also their performance and their ability to provide you with comfort and chilling-breeze, the size, the power and durability matter in your search for the best ceiling fans.
Considering ceiling fans’ performances and durability, there are 5 factors contributing to the overall results, which is the fan that you will get. Here are those 5 factors:
- Motor quality and power (size)
- Blade pitch
- Blade shape and size
- Height from ceiling
All the above mentioned factors contribute to how the fan will do for your house or room. So when you should keep in mind that the motor that is strong precision made is the first and most important thing to consider, do not forget that all other 4 factors have to be present for the perfect performance.
We will give more details considering each factor and how they work together and the importance of a strong motor.
1. Power and quality of the motor
A stronger motor will move more air compared to a weaker one. The fan with powerful motor will also operate much more smoothly without producing noise or humming, which will annoy you to no end if you decide to go with a weak motor.
You might find it difficult to know the kind of motor that is inside the fan displayed at stores so go online and search for websites that give information and ratings about motor of each model of ceiling fans. It is worth your time to get some insights on this.
Also, a stronger motor costs more money but you will definitely not exchange some bucks for the coolness you get from the fan.
2. Blade pitch:
Blade pitch is the angle at which the blade cut through the air. Typically, a fan with blade pitch of 14 degrees or more is good, but there are other factors that come into play like blade surface area and shape so a lower-pitch fan might perform just as well. Take fans with blades of airfoil shape for example. They are more aerodynamic and very efficient since they run on less power from the motor while the volume of air they move is about the same as flat blades.
Ceiling fan blades are kind of similar to rowboat oars. The angles of the oars to the water affect how much strength you have to use and the strength of each stroke. Lower pitch means the fan needs less power but move less air and can wobble or make noise at high speed.
3. Blade shape and size
Again, remember rowing a boat. With a wider and longer, you get more tired but more efforts made mean more progress achieved. A wider longer blade in ceiling fans combined with a steeper pitch means more air movement, to a certain extent.
If the blades are too wide and long, they cannot move very fast so the wind speed can be quite disappointing. So not very wide but not small either.
This shows how fast the blades spin at certain speed setting. In addition to a proper pitch, faster blades move more air. The best fans now offer 6 speed levels.
5. Height from ceiling
There should be about 10 to 12 inches from the blades to the ceiling for the fan to operate smoothly. Therefore, hugger fans do not move much air. Only use them when your ceiling is low.
For ceiling that is higher, you should use a downrod to bring the fan to about 8 or 9 feet from the floor or else the cooling affect cannot reach you at all.