Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Buying a ceiling fan isn’t just a matter of picking out the design you like best; in fact, that part comes later. In order for ceiling fans to be most effective, it’s essential that you first select a fan to match your space. Before you even start to think about styles and finishes, though, you must determine how your space will be influencing your purchase decision.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Outdoors or indoors?

Although outdoor and indoor fans look the same, they’re actually built for different environments. Outdoor fans are designed to handle conditions like heat, wind and humidity, while most indoor fans would just rust if installed outside. Some indoor fans, however, are also designed for special conditions, such as humidity. If the fan is going to be installed in a room where there will be moisture, such as a bathroom, look for a UL-Damp rated fan. This rating means the blades will not warp.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Room size

In order for a ceiling fan to properly circulate air in a room, the blade span has to be large enough to handle the room’s size. Once you know where you’ll be installing the ceiling fan, the next step is to measure that space and determine the appropriate blade span to match.

Rooms up to 75 sq. ft. = 29 to 36-inch blade span
Rooms up to 175 sq. ft. = 42 to 48-inch blade span
Rooms up to 350 sq. ft. = 52 to 56-inch blade span
Rooms more than 350 sq. ft. = 60-inch or larger blade span

Ceiling height

It is best to hang up ceiling fans so the fan blades are about 8 feet above the floor. Most fans have more than one mounting option, which allows you to install yours at the proper height.

Buying a ceiling fan part one: matching the fan to your space

Flushmount: These fans have no extra attachments and are designed for low ceilings.
Downrod mount: If you have a ceiling that is higher than eight feet, use a downrod mount.
Angle mount: This type of mount should be used for angled or sloped ceilings.

Now that you’ve factored in space considerations, you can start to think about fun details like design and lighting! Stay tuned for our next article’s tips on buying a ceiling fan to match your preferences.

By Wendy Weinert

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Is your patio or porch roof not doing enough to keep you cool during hot summer days? Are you tired of being pestered by numerous summer insects? If so, it may be time to start considering an outdoor ceiling fan for your space.

You already know that indoor ceiling fans are beneficial because they reduce energy bills and keep your various rooms nice and cool. But did you know that outdoor ceiling fans provide many of the same advantages as your indoor fans, and more? Along with creating a nice breeze for you and your family to enjoy, outdoor ceiling fans can also help control your annoying pest problem. The downward draft that outdoor fans create makes it very difficult for insects like mosquitoes to fly, helping you enjoy your patio bug-free! Don’t you think most people would enjoy an outdoor patio without pests?

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

If you look at outdoor and indoor ceiling fans right next to each other, you might consider them one and the same. If you install an indoor ceiling fan outdoors, however, you will regret that decision soon enough, as they are not designed to handle outdoor elements such as the sun, wind, humidity and cold. An indoor fan would rust very quickly and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy its benefits for very long.

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Now that outdoor ceiling fans are becoming a popular addition to many people’s outdoor spaces, you have the option to choose from numerous styles and materials. As we continue to enjoy warmer weather and sunshine, consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan in your patio or porch to keep your area cool and bug-free.

By Wendy Weinert

What's New in Ceiling Fans from Fanimation? DC Motors

Fanimation, the premier specialty fan company, offers an outstanding collection of eclectic styles and forward-thinking functions for today’s discerning, economical and energy-conscious consumers. Fanimation is pleased to announce the inclusion of the innovative DC Motor to some of its most popular ceiling fans, presenting its customer with an outstanding array of energy-saving features in a smaller, quieter, and but more powerful product. The DC motor is now available in the Fanimation classics – Islander®, Louvre® and Sandella® – as well as new 2011 additions such as Keistone® and Landan®.

Even in today’s evolving decorative ceiling fan market, most ceiling fans are still powered by AC current. Continuing to stay ahead of the curve, Fanimation has made a strong push in including DC Motors in several designs in order to assist the customer in energy savings and a reduction in carbon footprint.

So how does a DC motor fan work?

In a DC motor ceiling fan, a magnetic field is produced by high-strength, large magnets that are built into the fan motor. When power is applied, the polarities of the tightly wound copper wire and the magnets are misaligned or out of phase, causing the rotor in the fan to rotate in an attempt to align the magnetic field of the rotor magnets with the magnetic field produced by the copper wire coils of the stator. The continuous phase shift and movement of the magnetic field, produced by the copper winding coils, result in the continuous rotation of the rotor.

Why is the DC Motor a better fit for you?

Increased Power and Torque, Using Less Energy
This motor generates more power and torque than traditional AC fan motors, while using 60% less energy than AC motor. Additionally, Fanimation does not charge a premium for this more advanced technology – the fans are even less expensive with this new more energy efficient motor.
Eco-Friendly, Aesthetically Pleasing, Quiet Motor
Fewer raw materials are used in the construction of the DC Motor and fan body, resulting in a more eco-friendly product. With a smaller fan body, a more aesthetically pleasing product emerges. In addition, the fan provides increased air flow capability, still maintaining a more quiet motor than its AC counterpart. As an added bonus, the unique new “green” DC Motor has been proven to conserve, rather than waste energy, placing it in a class by itself.
Increased Functionality
The DC Motor has six speed functionality in both forward and reverse, compared to a limited three to four speeds of an AC Motor. The addition of these two speeds provides more flexibility with air flow and temperature control. Furthermore, this motor also enables a handheld remote to be the master point of control. No longer do you need to make a cumbersome trip up the ladder to manually flip a switch on the fan body to change the directionality of the fan or to tweak the channel settings in case of interference. These changes may now be made exclusively with a modification to the hand held remote settings, making the DC Motor fan more user-friendly, especially in spaces with vaulted or exceptionally high ceilings.

Fanimation’s introduction of the innovative DC Motor translates into a convenient, quiet and economical ceiling fan without sacrificing Fanimation’s distinctive style and performance.

Landan FPD8087SN by Fanimation