When it comes to interior design and decor, the humble ceiling fan happens to be the most neglected fixture that has more or less remained a functional piece for years. Nonetheless, things are changing now. Home décor is today no more limited to paint finishes and furniture, it’s about the wholesome new experience and in this new journey, designer ceiling fans are finding their place back. From eye-catching wooden finishes to exclusive hand-crafted designs, to underlight fans to aerodynamically designed profiled blades, the premium and decorative range of fans have gone through a complete makeover. No matter what interior style you have, there is a ceiling fan out there to suit it. Having said so, it becomes important that you choose the right ceiling can that can add zing to the overall aesthetics of your space. Here are some of the key factors to keep in mind when selecting a ceiling fan.
Right blade size
First and foremost, consider the size of the room in which you are going to install the fan for you will not want one that fails to circulate enough air inside the room. To ensure that you pick the right sized fan, you can use a meter stick or a measuring tape to calculate the dimensions of the room and accordingly choose the blade span. To maximise air delivery in an area, you should install a ceiling fan about 2.1 meters or more from the ground and 30cm or more below the ceiling. For large rooms with more than one fan, the centre distance between each will depend on sweep size.
Experience air, not noise
Imagine buying a fan and not being happy with it because it doesn’t circulate air properly, makes too much noise or doesn’t give you a good feel. A complete new breed of aerodynamically designed silent fans are available in the market today that addresses the latent need for silence while ensuring maximum air delivery. These premium fans featuring aerodynamically profiled blade design are not just high on performance but also flaunt minimalist and elegant designs that can spruce up any contemporary room décor.
Choose the best built and finish
Ceiling fans today are made from a variety of materials – steel, plastic, wood and even glass-filled ABS that imparts extra strength to the blades making them bend-proof, rust-proof and also attract less dust and are easy to clean. When its comes to finishes, there is a plethora of options to choose from, including laminated veneers, solid wood, stone finish, metallic, electroplated, rustic, PU (polyurethane) finish and what not – you name it and there is one. So you can choose the finish and colour which blends with your interior. If you are installing fan in a moisture prone area like bathrooms or if you happen to live in a coastal area, always opt for ABS blades with rust proof finish. If you like to experiment more often with your interior décor, you can go for fan blades with different finish on both sides.
Go for underlight ceiling fans
Ceiling fans with integrated lighting are a great way to add some drama to your space. Given the huge variety in this category, from LED light kits to programmable mood lighting, you are sure to easily find one that suits your lighting and décor needs. If your room has a high ceiling, I would suggest going for underlight fans with pull cord mechanism, however if you want a combination of performance and décor then opt for simpler models. You can also choose an underlight fan with a reversible motor which allows you to adjust the rotation of the blades to reverse the airflow during the summer and winter season to enjoy cool air and warm air respectively.
With the rising energy costs, smart consumers of today are seeking ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and benefit from savings. If you want to beat the heat while keeping a tight tab on the utility bills, you can opt for ceiling fans with BLDC (Brushless Direct Motor Current) technology which provide a significant 50 percent reduction in power consumption.
A ceiling fan is something you cannot tend to ignore, because it’s right there on the ceiling, all the time which makes it imperative for the homeowners to choose the one that complements their interiors.
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