If you want to improve the indoor climate in your home without shelling out so much on an appliance and on your monthly electric bill, then purchasing a ceiling fan is your best. While ceiling fans are quite straightforward, affordable, and easily accessible, it is completely understandable if you have several questions about ceiling fans – especially if this is your first time to buy one on your own. To help you find the ceiling fan most suitable for your needs and lifestyle, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about ceiling fans.
How much is the cost of installing a ceiling fan?
In determining the cost of installing a ceiling fan, two factors must be considered: the price of the ceiling fan itself and the labor that goes into the actual installation. As to the cost of buying a ceiling fan, you can get a basic one or two-speed ceiling fan with or without a basic light fixture for $60 to $90. However, if you are looking for something specialized (say an outdoor ceiling fan or one you can connect to the home Wi-Fi network, then you should be prepared to spend anywhere from $200 to $2,200, depending on the features.
As to the installation, be prepared to pay an electrician around $60 to $225 depending on the wiring in your home.
How much energy does a ceiling fan consume?
The electric consumption of ceiling fans varies depending on the size, make, model, and additional features, so there is no definitive answer. However, ceiling fans typically consume something between 55 to 75 watts per hour.
Can I install a ceiling fan outdoors?
Yes, you can definitely install ceiling fan outdoors. Note, however, that you must not install indoor ceiling fans in outdoor areas, even if the said area is covered or enclosed. Indoor ceiling fans are not designed to withstand moisture so installing an indoor ceiling fan outdoors can lead to rusting or even a short circuit. If you want to install a ceiling fan in an outdoor area, make sure to buy and install an outdoor ceiling fan. Outdoor ceiling fans are more durable, rust-proof, and specifically made to withstand moisture. A good ceiling fan has many benefits so it is important to make a well researched decision.
Can I use a ceiling fan with an air conditioning unit?
This is a matter of preference more than anything, but the short answer is you definitely can. If you are living in a place where temperatures can go really high during the summer, then running a ceiling fan with your air conditioning unit is the best way to save electricity. While ceiling fans do not lower indoor temperature, they generate air flow, making you feel cooler. Using a ceiling fan alongside an air conditioner will allow you to increase the thermostat settings by a few degrees without experiencing any discomfort.
How many blades do I need for my ceiling fan?
It depends on what you are looking for in a ceiling fan. If your main reason for installing a ceiling fan is to generate air flow and keep a room as cool as possible without having to turn on your air conditioner, then two or three blades are ideal as they generate the most air flow. However, if you are living in a palce where it is relatively cooler or if you prefer a ceiling fan which makes the least noise, then you should opt for more blades. Do note however that while more blades mean less noise generated, it entails less air flow as a greater number of blades tend to put higher strain on the motor and slows down the spin.
Is it possible to match my ceiling fan with my interior design?
Yes, you can certainly match your ceiling fan with your interior design. If you are so inclined, you can even make your ceiling fan the focal point of your interiors. Ceiling fans nowadays come in all sorts of colors, sizes, styles, and designs, so it would not at all be difficult to find on that will seamlessly blend into your home. You can match your ceiling fan to the rest of your interior design by color, size, texture, material, or even general look.
While these questions do not answer everything you need to know about ceiling fans, these commonly asked questions should be a good place to start in determining whether you need to buy a ceiling fan. It will also guide you in choosing a ceiling fan if you ever set your mind to buying one for your house.