How to Choose Ceiling Fans According to Your Needs

ceiling fan in hot day cooling

In a tropical country like Malaysia, some form of cooling appliance is often needed in homes, offices and any type of building in order to keep the temperature bearable. Fans are some of the most energy efficient and simple ways of cooling down a living space.

Fans come in many shapes and forms, and they function rather differently depending their form. Here are some of tips on how to make the correct choices for a fan to meet your various needs:

1. Overall Fan Size

Ideally, the size of any ceiling fan you chose should depend on the size of the room. A suitable fan will have a wing span or diameter in inches that is equivalent to 20-40% of the square feet of a room. In a space that is more than 400 square feet in size, two or more fans should be installed, and spaced out at least 1.5 meters from one another.

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2. Fan Types

There are several types of fans in the market today, including ceiling fans, stand fans, tower fans, bladeless fans and wall mounted fans. Ceiling fans are often chosen for areas where a wider coverage of airflow is needed, whereas more portable fans like tower fans, tabletop fans and stand fans are chosen to provide supplementary airflow in addition to air conditioning units or ceiling fans.

These types of fans are portable, so you can move them anywhere around the house to provide extra cooling power when the weather gets extra hot. Wall mounted fans are suitable for spaces which aren’t wide enough for a full ceiling fan, such as the kitchen in many homes.

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3. Fan Blade Finish

Blades can be made of metal or wood, and you have the freedom of choosing the colour of your blades to suit your overall interior design colour schemes. Fan blades can come in grey, white, black, clear plastic and wood finishing. It’s important to decide what sort of a mood you want to create and ensure that your fan harmonizes with the design theme. Usually, wood finish fan blades work well if you want to create a rustic atmosphere.

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4. Fan Blade Count

Ceiling fans usually come with three, four or five blades and some of the more avant garde fan designs even feature just one or two blades. The choices of how many blades you want on your fan depends very much on several factors, including noise and energy consumption.

As a general rule of thumb, the more blades a fan has, the quieter it will be but the extra blades also create more drag in the air, and this will cause the motor to work harder, thereby consuming more energy. Many people believe that the more blades there are, the cooler it will be, but the number of blades actually has no impact on the amount of airflow a fan generates.

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5. Combining it With a Light

Fans that come together with lights attached can be chosen, especially if they fit in with the rest of your interior design. If you have a small room where you can’t fit in a fan and light separately, this little contraption will really come in handy.

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Choose the best fan for your home or office today, and if you need some help installing these fans, just get in touch with any of our home contractors and service crew on Kaodim. Fan installations usually take less than a few hours and can be done in half a day, depending on the number of fans you need installed.

written by Michelle Chee