Ceiling Fan Blog
Ceiling fans are highly effective at keeping homes cool, lowering energy bills, and providing extra lighting. Plus, they can last for a decade or longer. Still, even the most expensive, high-quality models malfunction occasionally. Fortunately, most issues can be easily fixed—as long as you have the necessary knowledge. Here’s what you need to know.
Posted: August 23, 2019
Updated July 1, 2020
How Do Indoor & Outdoor Fans Differ?
While dry-rated ceiling fans are ideal for cooling down your home efficiently, the blades and other mechanical features aren’t designed for outdoor areas, such as a porch or covered patio. Instead, you’ll need a wet-rated or damp-rated option that can handle moisture, rainstorms, and dampness. By checking a fan’s rating and considering factors like the wiring and materials, you can choose one that works for your needs, whether indoors or outdoors. Here is a guide to the various ratings so you can make an informed purchasing decision.
The Rating System
There are three primary ratings.
- Dry-Rated ceiling fans can only be installed inside the home in dry locations.
- Damp-Rated fans are for outdoor covered areas or indoors where there is moisture.
- Wet-Rated fans can be used anywhere indoors or outdoors, even in the rain or snow.
The materials and design determine the rating. For example, a wet-rated fan must be water-tight to protect the motor, lights, and sensitive wiring against harsh weather conditions.
Dry-Rated - Indoor Ceiling Fans
Posted: July 17, 2019
When it comes to shopping for ceiling fans, there are so many different options on the market and finding the right one for your space can sometimes be a significant challenge. There’s so much to consider, such as style, size, airflow, motor quality, energy efficiency and more. It’s easy to want to select a ceiling fan based on your style preferences alone. While you want your ceiling fan to complement the style and decor of your space, choosing the right size ceiling fan for the size of your room will ensure its maximum performance, style and comfort. The right size ceiling fan will do a lot more than just keep you cool. It will also help you save money. When used alongside your HVAC system, it will help keep you comfortable while allowing you to increase the temperature on your thermostat, saving you money on your monthly electricity bill.
Posted: July 10, 2019
Pictured: Emerson Carrera Grande ECO
Did you know that ceiling fans spin in two different directions? Your ceiling fan direction can actually impact your energy savings and comfort level in the summer—and in the winter, too. Since their invention in the late 19th century and their introduction to homes in the 1920s, ceiling fans have been keeping us cool during the hot days of summer. Even with the introduction of air conditioning, ceiling fans still provide instant satisfaction in a stuffy room, making it feel cooler even though the actual temperature of the room hasn’t changed. Many people have ceiling fans installed to beat the heat, but never think to turn them on in the winter. That’s because most people don’t realize that ceiling fans can also make a cold space feel warmer. It may seem a little strange to use your ceiling fan in the wintertime, but most fans are designed for year-round use. Whether you have a ceiling fan at home or use an industrial ceiling fan in your warehouse or manufact
Pictured: Emerson Carrera Grande ECO
Ceiling fans help circulate the air in a room, keeping it comfortable so you don’t have to rely so much on your primary heating/cooling system, reducing your energy costs in the process. And like all machines with moving parts and extended use, ceiling fans will eventually wear, come loose and begin to wobble. A ceiling fan with wobbling blades is more than just a visual distraction. It can also be dangerous for anyone standing underneath it or even close to it. Wobbling blades could also cause damage to the motor’s bearings and bushings, resulting in an annoying and unnecessary fan noise. There are a few things that can cause your ceiling fan to wobble. For example, you may have a loose junction box, mounting hardware or blade holders. Another reason your ceiling fan is wobbling could be that the blades are warpedor the blade holders are bent. Or, your blades may be unbalanced.
Posted: May 25, 2019
When the weather is nice and the temperatures start to warm up, most people want to maximize the amount of time they spend outdoors, whether that means going for a scenic hike, having lunch in the park or simply spending time in an outdoor living area. However, when it comes to using your outdoor space for lounging or dining on high-temp days, sometimes these areas can feel pretty unbearable, especially areas where it’s humid and hot. Whether you have a front porch, screened-in patio, balcony or another outdoor living area, one way to beat the heat is by adding an outdoor ceiling fan. Not only will it keep you and your guests cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, but it will also add a touch of style to your outdoor space.
Posted: May 13, 2019
While they’re one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep the rooms in your home cool, ceiling fans don’t always have the reputation of being stylish. This is especially true for industrial ceiling fans — which are traditionally used to cool down large commercial spaces, such as manufacturing facilities and industrial buildings — and tend to focus more on function and utilitarian design than aesthetic. These days, however, more and more people are opting for the rugged and mechanical look over sophisticated and sleek, choosing fans that look like they’re meant for warehouses but are designed for residential use.
Posted: April 17, 2019
Shown Above: Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan Model 59135
When selecting the perfect porch ceiling fan, there are many factors to consider. Adding a ceiling fan to your porch is a great way to help increase your comfort level by providing a cooling breeze and helping to keep pesky bugs away. As you browse the many porch ceiling fans available, consider how you can integrate this new fixture into the space without disrupting the theme and decor of the area. Read up on fan and blade sizes as well as materials to make a well-informed decision on which porch ceiling fan is right for your space. Use our guide to learn more about what to look for during your search.
Are you looking for a way to cool a hot, compact home office? Do you need to improve the air circulation in a smaller kitchen or breakfast nook? Don’t allow small spaces to keep you from being cool and comfortable in every room in your home. Small ceiling fans are the perfect solution for cooling undersized living rooms, hallways, closets and kitchens, as well as small bedrooms, home offices and rooms with low-profile ceilings. They can also be used to cool small outdoor living spaces, such as patios, front porches and covered decks—as long as the fan you choose can be used in areas where exposure to the elements is unavoidable.