Buyers Guide To Fans

January 06, 2016
Buyers Guide To Fans

It’s summer, and the heat has definitely arrived. For many Australians investing in a pedestal or ceiling fan is an essential necessity to get us through the hot season. It doesn’t matter which size fan you purchase; all of them give the same cool relief we become desperate for in the warmer months.

Whilst a fan can get you through the summer, most of us struggle with choosing the right fan to fit our needs. That’s why we’ve compiled our guide to buying fans to relieve the pressure of your decision so that you can get comfortable faster.

1.Best Types of House Fans

There are several types of fans to choose from, below is our breakdown on the models you need to know.

Ceiling Fans

These are suspended fans that hang from the ceiling, they are designed to have a propeller span; which enables them to cool an entire room.

Pedestal Fans

These are tall, height adjustable fans that can cool an entire space. The propeller size is not as large as a ceiling fan, but as they are mobile they allow you greater flexibility in placement.

Desk Fans

Smaller than a pedestal fan, yet still movable; a desk fan is a simple solution for more direct cooling. Desk fans are ideal for home offices, corporate offices, bedside tables and side tables.

Tower Fans

Tower Fans are also known as mobile cooling units. These are bulker than pedestal fans and combine a cooling system element with propellers to intensify air flow. These are perfectly suited for people who have difficulty sleeping as the exhaust is tall enough to sit just above a bed’s frame height.

2. Fan Power

The beauty about fans is that the majority of models come with different speed settings. This flexibility allows you to use high speeds during the day to increase airflow around your home, and slower speeds at night when you may prefer more subtle airflow.

3. Fan Sizes

The general rule with fans is; the larger the blades, the more air flow you will receive as well as the greater the area covered by cool air. However, if you require direct airflow, then a small desk fan may be more suitable.

4. Fan Motors

All fans are driven by motors, including ceiling fans. Always look for decent motors as cheaper verities may not last as long as others. If you are considering installing a ceiling fan in your home, always check the motor size and power requirements before installing. The last thing you want in summer is a power outage in forty degrees heat.

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5. Fan Features

Most fans share common features, below is our list of four features you should be looking out for when purchasing a fan for your home.

1) Oscillating Heads (exception to ceiling fans)

This indicates that the fan head will move in a rotating motion when switched to the oscillating setting, which allows for greater coverage of areas.

2) Tilt Abilities

This indicates that a fan can be maneuverered into various positions. For example, if you are in be you can tilt you pedestal fan head down towards your person rather than adjusting its height. This sentence just needs some reworking as didn’t quite make sense.

3) Timers & Remote Controls

This allows you greater control of the fans operations. From switching your fan to various speed settings, adjusting timers to fixing the position.

4) Cases & Protective Screens

All fans that contain propeller blades should come complete with a protective case or screen. It is a safety feature installed to prevent pets and small children from injuring themselves.

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6. Ceiling Fan Features

As ceiling fans are suspended from your interior ceiling, they often have a few extra features that differ from portable fan types.

1) Ceiling Fan Drop or Distance

This is an indication of depth your ceiling fan will be suspended. Always double check the ceiling fan drop measurements before installing as you do not want to purchase a fan that may put your head at risk.

2) Control Options

Ceiling fans have been popular since the 1950’s and as such, there are many different options available to consumers. Common control options for Ceiling fans are; pull chains, hand held remote controls or wall controls. Make sure to have a professional electrician to install your ceiling fan wall controls as they will need to be hooked into a running power supply much like an air-conditioner or cooling system.

3) Integrated Fan Lights

Some ceiling fans come with an incorporated lighting element, this means that you can have a fan in your room or space without sacrificing on lighting.

4) Fan Balancing

After prolonged use, older modelled fans may begin to display “wobble” like motions. A fan balance kit will help to correct and limit this from happening helping to reduce noise, whilst increasing the fans efficiency.

5) Blade Material

Ceilings fan blades come in a variety of manufactured materials, and it is completely up to your discretion as to which one you prefer. There is little evidence and no difference in the cooling ability between the different fan materials. Generally, you can purchase fans made from, plastic, timber, plywood, MDF, aluminium or stainless steel.

As a general feature, timber and plastic blades tend to be slightly quieter than other materials.

Which Fan Should I Buy?

When choosing a fan, apart from preference in design you also need to consider what function you would like the fan to service; whether you would like it to provide direct or indirect air flow, and how much distance you would like it to cover. As well as this; you should also consider the aesthetic you would like to achieve.

Whether you’re after a portable fan or a ceiling fan, by simply researching and determining your needs you can be confident that you will be able to purchase something that will suit the look and feel of your home or space.

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