How to choose the perfect ceiling fan

Posted on8 Months ago

The heat got you beat? A ceiling fan is an environmentally friendly and effective way to cool down when the mercury rises. They are electrically powered and mounted on the ceiling and they use hub-mounted rotating blades to circulate the air. 

Now, who would have guessed that ceiling fans date back to the 17th century? The first ceiling fans, created in India, were crafted from palm leaves or cloth and cord. Since there was obviously no electricity at that time, servants would pull the cord to manually move the leaf or cloth blades thereby creating a light breeze. 

Steam-powered ceiling fans appeared on the scene around 1860 while the more modern version, similar to what we still use today, was invented by Philip Diehl who used a sewing machine motor to bring about the electric ceiling fan. 

Ceiling fans were immediately commercially successful and improvements were continually being made including adding a light kit fitted to the ceiling fan. By World War I, most ceiling fans were made with four blades instead of the original two. The addition of two more blades made them quieter and allowed them to circulate more air. 

Fortunately, for us, those early inventors have helped modern-day society stay cool with minimal environmental effects. Installing a ceiling fan is an incredibly effective way to assist in energy conservation. They can help with the efficacy of your home’s temperature regulation and, when used throughout your home, ceiling fans are the most energy-efficient method to manage the temperature indoors all year round. 

Ceiling fans, as noted above, are useful all year round but they come in especially handy in the warmer summer months. On oppressively warm days, they move the air in a downward direction to create a cool breeze. Set at a low speed for all-day comfort you can easily turn a ceiling fan up to create even more of a breeze when needed. 

Many ceiling fans come with remote controls to make their operation easier than ever before. Most also come with lights which is a nice feature, especially if you are replacing an old light fixture with a ceiling fan and would miss the light otherwise. 

Ceiling fans are considered the most effective type of fan when you need to cool down because they very efficiently circulate the air in a room to create a cooling draft. Compared to unsightly pedestal or box fans that also take up floor space, ceiling fans are the clear winners for looks, space saving and cooling you and your family in the heat. 

Pro Tip: Make sure that in the summer your ceiling fan is set to turn anti-clockwise and in the winter to turn clockwise to move the warm air from the ceiling down. 

As wonderful as they are at circulation, air, ceiling fans can also be wonderful additions to your home's decor. Whether you have a contemporary interior or a more traditional decorating style Netlighting has many options to choose from. The details, style, colour and design of your ceiling fan will only enhance your interior. 

Many fans have reversible blades so you can choose the colour option that best suits your decor. If you change your decor, you can always reverse the blades to for a fresh, new look. 

Fortunately, there are many ceiling fan styles to choose from at so you can find modern ceiling fans as well as more traditional styles to suit your decorating needs. There are fans in various colour schemes, sizes, and blade numbers to work perfectly within any space.

For a classic, tropical touch in a family area or three-season room, there is the Phuket Ceiling Fan with wonderful, woven texture blades. Perfect for moving the air on a sultry day you can transport yourself to a place of bliss with a cooling breeze and a cold beverage. 

If your style tends toward minimalism, the Mogan Ceiling Fan may be the perfect choice. Its sleek design and three shaped steel blades have a crisp white finish perfect for a contemporary style. 

For something in between, a more traditional design such as the Leyte LED Ceiling Fan has a classic brown finish and five blades. It will blend wonderfully with many decorating styles to keep you cool all season long. 

Ceiling fans are also wonderfully versatile. Not only are they great in a lounge or living space they can be used in a bedroom for a comfortable night's sleep or in the kitchen to cool things down when the cooking heats up.

Pro Tip: When installing a ceiling fan make sure the blades are no closer than 45 cm to the walls of the room and no lower than 2-2.75 meters above the floor for safety and proper airflow. In the simplest of terms, a large room requires a large ceiling fan and a small room requires a small ceiling fan. 

Once your choice of ceiling fan has been established all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view and the breeze. It will be like your own private retreat!