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Things to Consider When Getting a Ceiling Fan


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The Australian Summer is always fierce and hot yet it seems to be getting even more fierce and hotter. So what’s the best way to stay cool this summer without sending the electricity bill through the roof.

The answer is simple “the humble ceiling fan”.

On a hot and sunny day, nothing is more relaxing and satisfying than coming home to a cool a house. This can be achieved by an air-conditioning unit or the conventional ceiling fan.

Most Australian homes use the humble ceiling fans because they cost less and are less expensive when it comes to energy consumption. Ceiling fans actually do not cool the air inside your house. Unlike the standard air conditioning units, ceiling fans circulate the air inside your house. They move the air around so that it helps to cool our skin and removes body heat emitted by our skin which helps to cool it down, making us feel cool and comfortable.

Standard ceiling fan in a bedroom.

Now getting the correct ceiling fan for your homes might not be as simple as we think. There are certain factors to consider before we get one and install it. So here are some things that we need to consider before acquiring a ceiling fan:

  1. Size of the area that the ceiling fan would be installed – You would need to consider the size of the area where you would be installing a ceiling fan. Placing a too small fan or one too big for the area would minimize its effectiveness in circulating the air and therefore would not be able to properly cool that place. For small or medium rooms, a fan with 120 cm blades would be adequate while a large room, especially with an open space area, would require at least a fan with 132 cm blades. Getting the blade size is easy by just measuring the length of the tip of one blade to the end of the tip of the opposite blade if you have an even number of blades for your fan. For an odd number of bladed fans, you measure it by getting the length of one blade to the center of the fan and multiply that by two.
  2. Material of the Blade – Ceiling fan blades can either be made of plastic, wood, stainless steel or aluminum. There is no major difference in the cooling effect of the blade material but generally, blades made of wood and plastic tend to be quieter than the stainless steel and aluminum ones. So if you are planning on installing the fan in your bedroom, you might need to consider getting the quieter blades so it won’t be a hindrance when you want to get a comfortable sleep.
  3. Type of fan control – Ceiling fans can be controlled by using either a remote control, a wall switch or by a pull string. Remote-controlled fans are the most convenient to use and easy access to change any settings. Wall switches are also easy to use and help ensure to you don’t forget to turn off the fan when you exit the room especially if it’s placed right beside the doorway. Pull-cords, as the name suggests, would only require you to pull the cord to change the settings of the fan.
  4. Power supply – Ceiling fans can either be using AC or DC. But in Australia we use ceiling fans with DC motor or direct current. They consume less electricity and offer a wide variety of function to the standard control. If you need help in deciding what’s the best fan to use and install in your property, don’t hesitate to give the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor a call and we would gladly assist you with getting the correct Fan to suit your needs.
Types of fan blades; plastic fan blades, stainless steel blades and wooden blades

If you need help in deciding what’s the best fan to use and install in your property, don’t hesitate to give the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor a call and we would gladly assist you with getting the correct fan to suit your needs.

We are serving areas in Newcastle, Canberra, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.

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