Handy Hint – 5 outstanding benefits of installing ceiling fans
They keep you cool, but that’s just the beginning. Check out the many other benefits of installing ceiling fans in your home this summer.
1. They’re cheap as chips
Less than chips actually. On average if you ran your ceiling fan from the moment you woke up (let’s say 6am) to lights out at night (for arguments sake 10pm), it would cost you less than k3.70 to run for the day. You’d be hard pressed to find a bag of chips for that much these days. A ceiling fan will cost around 23 toea an hour to run, that’s a load less than other home cooling methods.
2. Green, eco-friendly, guilt free
It’s not often you can run an appliance whilst basking in the green glow of eco-friendliness. Ceiling fans allow you to get on with your day in the cool without that small pang of guilt you get for gouging another chunk out of the poor old ozone layer. (OK, maybe that’s just me using the dryer.) The lower power use of a ceiling fan equates to decreased carbon footprint, everybody wins.
3. Maximum chill out factor
Using ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning will boost the cooling feel without having to reduce the thermostat. 24° Celsius is the most economical temperature to run the air conditioner but when the outside temp climbs to the mid to high 30’s the temptation to lower it further is great. Leave the air con temperature where it is and turn on the fan instead, you’ll be amazed how much cooler you will feel.
4. Style statement
Unfortunately air conditioner manufacturers lack much in design imagination, most air con’s come in a standard white rectangular box or if you would like to upgrade the next model, a slightly more expensive white rectangular box. It doesn’t always suit your décor or leave much room for decorating flair.
Ceiling fan’s on the other hand present a huge selection of design options for just about every style. You can jazz up the room with modern multi-coloured fans, go classic with a more traditional look, create a tropical paradise with wood or wicker, or install a contemporary two blade ceiling fan to make a statement. Add style and function with a fan.
Ceiling fans can be sized to every space. For general guidance, use these measurements:
- Small Room (0-8 square metres) means a 90cm diameter fan.
- Small/Medium Room (8-14 square metres) means a 122cm diameter fan.
- Medium Room (14-20 square metres) means a 142cm diameter fan.
- Large Room (20-36 square metres) means a 152cm diameter fan.
- Great Room (36-plus square metres) requires more than one fan, each being 152 cm.
Become a fan (of the ceiling fan)
Ceiling fan technology and design has come a long way in the last 10 or 20 years. If you, like many of us, had the harrowing experience as a child of sleeping under a fan which rattled and shook so much you imagined it flying off the ceiling at any moment, slicing up the room as it fell, rest assured with professional fan installation and the correct adjustments you won’t even notice it is up there most of the time.