What Are the Best Types of Fans for a Home?
From aviation-themed to Tuscan-inspired, fans come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Choosing the right fan for your home depends on all these factors – and more. You must also consider ceiling height, room lighting, and location. Knowing the different types of fans available can help you make an informed decision for any room in your home.
Standard fans mount on flat or sloped ceilings with a downrod, a metal pipe that connects the motor housing to the mounting bracket, which allows the ceiling fan blades to hang at least 7 feet above the floor as required by the National Electric Code. These ceiling fans are intended for rooms with a ceiling height of 8 feet or greater.
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Low profile fans, also known as hugger ceiling fans or flush mount ceiling fans, install directly on the mounting bracket, which secures the fan against the ceiling. Use these fans in rooms where the ceiling height is less than 8 feet. This application allows the fan blades to rest 7 feet above the floor.
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What is the Proper Ceiling Fan Direction?
In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise (the blades should move from the top to the left, then down to the right, and back to the top). to push cool air down. This evaporates perspiration, creating a cooling wind chill effect, and makes a room feel up to eight degrees cooler without changing the temperature in the room.
For example, if the temperature in a room is 80 degrees, a ceiling fan set to rotate in a counterclockwise direction will make the room feel 72 degrees. This allows you to set the air conditioner thermostat at a higher temperature without forgoing comfort. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the summer save as much as 40 percent on air conditioning bills.
10 Recommended Tools to Install a Ceiling Fan
You have purchased the perfect ceiling fan – the right size, style, and finish, and are looking forward to basking under the gentle breeze. As you prepare to install the new ceiling fan, here are 10 basic tools to keep handy in your toolbox for any application. Having the right set of tools to install a ceiling fan guarantees a safe project and timely finish. Read Del Mar Fans & Lighting's guide on how to install a ceiling fan.
- Crescent Wrench – Also known as an adjustable wrench, a crescent wrench has a set screw that adjusts the width of the wrench by moving one of the two jaws to the right or left. Use a crescent wrench to tighten a support brace or any bolts.
- Cordless Drill with Long Bit – Drills holes in various materials. Use a cordless drill to install the junction box or utility box to the ceiling joists.
- Voltage Tester – Also known as a test light, the tester consists of two leads that detect the presence of electricity in a fixture. Use a voltage tester when wiring a ceiling fan by placing one of the leads on the ground wire and the other lead on the hot wire to ensure there is no electricity running through these wires.
How to Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
As temperatures drop during the fall and winter months, energy costs begin to rise just as steadily. Call it coincidence. Call it symbiotic. Call it what you will, but the additional energy used to heat a home can quickly add up to a hefty bill. Read our Del Mar Fans & Lighting’s guide to proper ceiling fan direction to see which direction your fan should be going and how ceiling fan direction can save you money on your energy bill.
For this video, we used a Minka Aire Fan.
Locate the direction switch on the motor housing (in some cases, the switch may be located inside the switch housing or switch cup), and flip the switch in the opposite direction. Directional switches may move vertically (up and down) or horizontally (side to side from left to right).
How to Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan
A high speed wobbly ceiling fan will strike fear in the heart of anyone standing under it or even near it. An unbalanced fan could also end up with damage to the motor’s bearing and bushings. This could lead to an irritating unnecessary fan noise. Below we will teach you to safely balance your ceiling fan. Don’t forget, anytime you work on ceiling fans be sure to turn the fan's power off at the breaker.
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Basic Steps to Balance Your Ceiling Fan
First, make sure dirt hasn’t accumulated on the fan causing things to loosen and start to shake. Clean your fan using our How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan guide. You also want to check your blades to ensure none of them are uneven or warped. If your blades have begun to warp you will want to replace them. You can find most blades on our ceiling fan blade accessories page. Make sure your new blades are made by the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. It is best for all ceiling fan blades to be at the same height from the ceiling. A single uneven blade could lead to an unbalanced fan. This could eventually cause damage to your fan. If these basic cures don't work, it’s time to get serious. Try our six foolproof steps.