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Ceiling Fan FAQ Adelaide

Ceiling Fan FAQ Adelaide

Ceiling Fan Frequently Asked Questions When it comes to ceiling fans I find my clients have a lot of questions, and are unsure about the many types of ceiling fans, installation techniques and what it all means for them. Here I have compiled FAQ’s that I get asked often, as well as some information that you will find informative. How much do ceiling fans cost to run? A Ceiling Fan is cheap to run at about 2-3 cents per hour. Here’s a great link for calculating any appliance costs in Adelaide Calculate Appliance Running Costs. A Ceiling Fan will also aid in saving cooling costs when used in conjunction with home air conditioners. What does the Summer/Winter switch do? This switch is found above the motor on the ceiling fan and sometimes labelled S and W. In the Summer position, the fan will blow cooling air down that you can feel. In the Winter position, the fan will turn in reverse. This blows warm air over the ceiling and down the walls. What does the number of blades mean? The most common are 3, 4 or 5 blade fans. There’s not a lot of difference in air flow. A 5 blade fan has more drag and will require more power to run the fan. A 3 blade fan is usually a metal blade fan designed to push a lot of air for its size and thus can be a little noisy. A 4 blade fan tends to be a good compromise for air flow and efficiency. Very large fans may have more blades due to design and aesthetics. Metal...
Ceiling Fan how to fix wobbly fans

Ceiling Fan how to fix wobbly fans

How to Fix a Wobbly Ceiling Fan Let me start off by saying a small amount of wobble is fine and most fans will show some signs of a wobble. However more pronounced wobble can appear to be a nuisance or something may be wrong with the fan. Here are a couple of reasons why a ceiling fan may wobble or vibrate; • Ceiling fan fixing screws are loose or wrong type • Incorrect mounting of ceiling fan or lack of fixing to structural member • Poor quality ceiling fan • Loose screws fixing blades to fan body • Warped or damaged blades • Blades out of alignment • Blades out of balance The most common issues are; blades which have been damaged or hit and cause the fan to become out of balance, poorly aligned blades or blades out of balance from new. Luckily there are a couple of checks and repairs you can attempt yourself. A note on checking loose fixings to ceiling. I noticed there’s a couple of informative articles that tell home owners to check the tightness of the ceiling fixing screws. While this is a relatively simple task it does involve removing the top bell cover which exposes the supply cable(s) and electrical terminations. Even as an electrician, when performing this task I would be isolating at the switch board and testing that the circuit is not live. Using tools and having body parts within touch reach of electrical supply is not a safe practice. Also keep in mind that even though the fan is not ‘on’ there can be live looped cables present....
Ceiling Fan Tips and Handy Hints

Ceiling Fan Tips and Handy Hints

Ceiling Fan Tips and Handy Hints You might be looking at having a ceiling fan installed in your home or just unsure what to choose. Perhaps you’re looking at what possibilities exist or whether some fan installs can be performed. I’ve got a couple of easy tips to help you along the way to make a decision. As Adelaide weather warms up over summer ceiling fans will improve your comfort level and reduce reliance on air conditioning. Have a look at my blog Ceiling Fans to Save Energy Costs to see why! What are your ceiling fan options?   You can choose a Ceiling Fan only or a Fan with Lights (LED options available).   Control can be made by a wall controller or remote control.   Standard sizes are 122cm (48”) to suit bedrooms or 142cm (56”) to suit larger bedrooms and living areas.   The number of blades on a fan is more a choice of style rather than function.   They can be installed on sloped or raked ceilings.   Keep in mind there needs to be 2.1 meters from the floor to the bottom of the fan blades for safety.   Flat timber blade fans are quieter than metal blades, and well suited to bedrooms.   Metal blade fans tend to push more air around than timber blades.   Available in a range of colours, white or brushed silver being the most popular.   Can be installed outside under a pergola or verandah to keep you cool outside.   Replacing an old ceiling fan with a new modern fan is a cheap option. Thinking of...
Ceiling Fans to Save Energy Costs

Ceiling Fans to Save Energy Costs

Save Money and Electricity using Ceiling Fans While writing this blog I needed to look up how much we are paying for electricity in Adelaide. Imagine my surprise, even as an electrician, to find out we not only pay the most in Australia, but it’s also one of the highest in the world! No my intention isn’t to get you all hot under the collar, I’m going to help out by explaining why ceiling fans are such a good way to save money on Electricity in Adelaide, especially during the hot summer. Most of the ceiling fans I’ve installed use around 60-65 watts of power, about the same as a bedroom incandescent light globe. Calculated for Adelaide electricity prices that equates to approximately 2 cents an hour to run. That’s all good news and you’re going to read similar stories all over the internet, but let’s look at the best ways to actually save money and not spend more! I’d like to just add a quick comparison I’ve worked out to run your home air conditioner. An evaporative air conditioner can cost up to 40 cents an hour to run and almost $2 per hour for full house ducted reverse cycle. Here’s a couple of tips for correctly using a ceiling fan to save money As you know a ceiling fan does not actually cool the room down. It works by providing a breeze or airflow around the room. This breeze evaporates moisture on your body and in turn cools the body, using the body’s natural air conditioning system. On hot days and nights where an air conditioner needs...