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Ceiling Fan Frequently Asked Questions

I. What is the purpose of a ceiling fan?

A ceiling fan serves two purposes

1. To provide a breeze thereby creating the “wind chill factor” 2. To circulate the air throughout a room or area

II. How do ceiling fans lower the temperature?

They dont, at least not literally. Unlike an air conditioner, ceiling fans do not directly affect the air temperature. That does not mean, however, that ceiling fans are not effective in cooling.

As pertaining to the two purposes listed in question (I):

1. The moving air from a ceiling fan will help you feel cooler regardless of the temperature of a room. It is much the same as being outside in the summer– it can be 80-90 degrees, and if there is a breeze, it is very pleasant.

2. The circulation from a ceiling fan can disperse the cool air from lower areas (and air conditioning) into the central, inhabited areas of a room.

IIa. How do ceiling fans help heat in the winter?

Much the same as they help with cooling in circulation. Running your heat in the winter, hot air rises to the ceiling, and so much of the heat is wasted. Running a ceiling fan during the winter, to push down warm air from the ceiling and eliminate cold spots, can save a great deal of heating energy.

crompton silent pro III. What rooms should have ceiling fans installed?

EVERY room. Depending on your personal preferences, any and every room can benefit from a ceiling fan installed. The more time people spend in a given room, the greater the benefit of a ceiling fan. For circulation, especially large rooms, and/or those with high and/or vaulted ceilings. People will have their preferences on where they most prefer the benefits, but ultimately any room is a good idea.

IV. What size fan is needed for a particular room?

Ceiling fans commonly come in two sizes: 52″ for larger rooms and 42″ for smaller rooms. Many companies offer 30-36″ fans for exceptionally small rooms, and 56-60″ fans for larger and/or commercial settings. The most common size by far is the 52″ fan, which is typically appropriate for most rooms.

V. My ceiling is lower, do I need a ‘hugger’ fan?

Hugger fans are designed to provide the minimum distance between the ceiling and the fan blades. This is ideal for lower ceilings as it provides the maximum clearance between the blades (and other lower parts of the fan such as lights) and the floor. The downside is that the shorter distance between the blades and the ceiling impedes circulation to a degree. Hugger ceiling fans are less effective than regular ceiling fans regardless of ceiling height.

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