Would you like to sleep comfortably cool while saving electricity? Well, you should really consider bedroom ceiling fans. Ceiling fans with Lights are an excellent solution particularly in areas with long stretches of warm weather. They don’t actually cool air but move it around, which makes people feel cooler because moving air helps to evaporate perspiration, which cools the skin. They are also used in the colder months to move the warm air. Ceiling fans can help to eliminate some of the need for air conditioning and lower heating in the colder months.
Not only are these nifty little devices practical and affordable, they are also energy-efficient. In contrast with a starkly simple appearance, today’s bedroom ceiling fans add a touch of elegant style and, in some cases, a cozy layer of ambient lighting.
Here are some of the things you should take note of before you consider ceiling fans in the bedroom.
Ceiling fans, as a rule, are relatively inexpensive to buy and to install. Nor will you have the expense and hassle of adding a dedicated circuit, as you might with air conditioner installation.
The HAWAII Modern Ceiling Fan is a relatively inexpensive fan that exudes both style and savings for your home.
Fans are also cheap to run, consuming only a few dollars’ worth of electricity per year, You can check out a more specific energy cost information that is usually indicated on the label of the fan you are buying.
Find a professional – a handyman or an electrician – to install your fan. Modern bedroom ceiling fans are lighter weight than they used to be, but still must be securely attached to a metal (not plastic) junction box. You might want the pro to install a wall control, as well.
In mild climates or seasons, you can run your fan in place of air conditioning and consume just a fraction of the energy. And when the weather gets hotter, use it to circulate your A/C’s cooled air more effectively. Bedroom ceiling fans are equally useful for cutting heating costs because they reclaim and circulate warm air that tends to collect up near the ceiling.
A great example would be the HAWAII 3 Blade DC Ceiling Fan, which only uses 57W for better energy savings.
For aesthetic reasons, it’s best to select a fan that’s in proportion to the bedroom and fits the ceiling space available. You do not want the appliance to interfere with built-in shelving, ceiling coffers, or other features. Contrary to popular belief, bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to ceiling fans. The fan size or the number of blades should not be your first or second consideration when choosing a fan. Instead, you should look at motor strength and blade pitch are major factors in cooling power.
The DARWIN Timber Ceiling Fan is an excellent example, as it is able to effectively cool a room with three blades, better than that of the conventional four bladed fans.
In fact, a smaller-diameter ceiling fan moves air at a higher velocity; it just doesn’t distribute it across as broad an area. This is relevant in your choice of bedroom fan; when you go to bed at night, you want efficient cooling, but you don’t need air to be circulated throughout the entire room.
Height and Drop
There should be at least a 7-foot clearance between the fan blades and your floor for safety reasons. So it’s okay to install fans on ceilings as low as 8 or even 7 ½ feet. You just need to choose the right fan. A compact, flush-mounted model like the HAWAII Modern Ceiling Fan is great.
Of course, higher ceilings will allow a drop for a greater return of air, which makes for more efficient cooling. 10-12 inches lower than ceiling height is generally recommended.
Fan styles have grown simpler, cleaner-lined, following modern design trends. That doesn’t mean dull! The right fan will add visual interest to an often-neglected area -- your ceiling. Choose styles to complement, rather than contrast with, your decor; bedroom ceiling fans should be a relaxing, harmonious element. A ceiling fan like the MIAMI Modern Ceiling Fan can give a room a very light, fresh, and modern feel.
Supersensitive souls may worry that the hum of a fan motor will interfere with sleep. Fortunately, today’s high-quality bedroom ceiling fans are surprisingly quiet, and truly silent when powered by direct current (DC) instead of the traditional alternating current (AC).
Dust bedroom ceiling fans' mounting and blades regularly. There is a life hack which involves pulling an old pillowcase over each blade to remove dirt without spreading it all over your bed and floor. This easy maintenance minimizes allergic reactions, and helps keep the blades working efficiently, too.
If you already have a ceiling fan in your house, hopefully, this article has helped you understand your ceiling fan even more. If you don’t already have a ceiling fan, hopefully, it has helped point out the things you need to consider when buying one.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What should I consider before I buy a ceiling fan?
For rooms up to 225 square feet and larger, you should get a fan with a blade span of 50-56 inches. For rooms up to 144 square feet, you should get a fan with blade spans of 42-44 inches. And for smaller rooms of about 64 square feet, you should get a fan with a 32-inch blade span.
Downrods should be purchased for your ceiling fan to provide at least seven feet clearance above the floor. And sizing the downrod to give a blade height of eight to nine feet above the floor will provide the most efficient cooling effect.
Poor motor design can create a number of the problems that are associated with ceiling fans. If the fan has an annoying click, buzz, or hum during operation, the motor is the most likely culprit. An under-sized motor will burn itself out, whereas a motor that is over-sized will be inefficient and waste energy.
Look for a blade pitch of at least 14 degrees, which is optimal for air movement efficiency. Avoid blades from cheap materials that can absorb moisture over time.
If you choose a model with a built-in light, then you might want to consider one that uses compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use less energy and are long-lasting, so you won't have to make frequent bulb changes.
Controls can allow you to have different speeds and change directions. And you can get the standard pull-chain type, or the more convenient remote control versions.
2. What are my ceiling fan mounting options?
There are several options available, each designed to optimize air circulation and fit proportionally into a space. Aside from that, you can choose the fan mounting that best suits your room and, of course, your style.
i. Hugger Ceiling Fans
An ideal choice for smaller urban spaces, including apartments and condos.
ii. Close-to-Ceiling Fans
A downrod of 3 to 5 inches is installed between the ceiling canopy and fan. The added space between the low profile ceiling fan and ceiling allows for more air circulation and fan efficiency, while remaining relatively close to the ceiling and out of the way.
iii. Ceiling Fans with Downrods
An ideal configuration for great rooms, lofts and expansive entryways with noticeably tall ceilings. In rooms with high ceilings, it is a good idea to add longer downrods to your ceiling fan to successfully extend it.