Gigantic ceiling fans are not for everyone. However, if you need an air mover with a wider range and a powerful motor, then large ceiling fans can definitely solve your worries. Most of these models produce strong gusts of air and consume more energy than standard ceiling fans. Nonetheless, they can perform twice as efficient as regular ceiling fans, dispelling hot air from a localised area when necessary.
If you happen to choose a large ceiling fan with a reversible motor, then you’re up for a great deal! Fans with such motors can switch the rotation of the fan blades, allowing you to maintain a cool atmosphere during summer and a warm toasty environment during winter. This setting is often labelled as “Reversible” or “Summer/Winter Mode” on the ceiling fan attributes. The good news is that most of our fans have this feature, so you can enjoy a year-long efficient large ceiling fan performance that is worth its price.
To understand the importance of such motors, let’s create an imagery of the air circulation during extreme seasons like summer and winter. It is common knowledge that cold air is heavier than warm air so the latter floats upward while the former stays below. With this in mind, the ceiling fan’s goal during summer is to keep you cool for a more comfortable atmosphere. Hence, the fan blades will rotate in the counter-clockwise direction, allowing it to push the air down to the surface and promote the evaporation of warm air thru wind movement which makes people feel cool. The winter operation is the opposite - we want to keep the warm air near the ground and pull the cold air up. Hence, the ceiling fan should be able to rotate clockwise, drawing the warm air on its centre and pushing it to the floor and walls, evidently displacing or mixing the cold air previously near the surface to the ceiling.
How can you tell if your ceiling fan’s rotation is correct for the season? Well, if you stand directly below the ceiling fan and you feel a breeze or some air movement, then your fan blades spin counter-clockwise and your fan is in summer mode. Otherwise, it’s on winter mode.
How do you change the summer mode to winter, and vice versa? Most ceiling fans have a switch on the motor housing for changing this setting. However, it’s vexing to change the season modes when your ceiling fan is installed on a high ceiling. Therefore, some manufacturers invented specific ceiling fan models whose spin direction can be interchanged via a remote or a smart application. Just note that these models are pricey and may exceed your budget.
Where are Large Ceiling Fans Necessary
Living Rooms: As one of the central rooms in a house, living rooms deserved to occupy more real estate space in comparison to other rooms. Furthermore, it’s the one room in any house that will never be left unattended (except when it’s sleeping time). Hence, a sufficient amount of air circulation and ventilation is vital in keeping it a comfortable place to relax and hang out. Generally, large ceiling fans are the ones that can satisfy these needs.
Entrance Halls / Foyers: It’s hot and uncomfortable in the streets during summer, so you’ll want to expect a cosy and relaxing atmosphere when you return home and relieve the stress and heat. Turning your large ceiling fan on in your home’s foyer just after you enter the house can help dissipate the excessive hotness that you feel to a certain degree.
Dining Rooms: Gathering places like dining rooms tend to accumulate heat easily. Aside from the carbon heat emitted as people talk and move, the warmth of the hot new dishes on the table also contributes to the rise of the room’s temperature. Installing a large ceiling fan with a gentle breeze but high-volume airflow and leaving it on as you dine can mildly facilitate the movement of air in the room, making you feel comfortable as you eat your favourite meals and desserts. What’s more, the air movement can keep pests away while you enjoy your food.
Parlour / Reception Rooms: Many believe that a parlour and a living room is the same, but their purpose is essentially different. The former is a public space meant for entertaining guests. Thus, parlours are often situated near foyers. Depending on the scale of your home, parlours and living rooms may be combined into one. Evidently, whether it's the former or the latter, it’s important to consider the comfort that your visitors feel while they’re staying in these rooms. Hence, installing a high-performing large ceiling fan in your home’s reception room can solve this concern.
Garages: A car park, an improvised home gym, a workspace, or a storage area, no matter the purpose of your home’s garage, there’s no denying that it is one of the sizeable places in the house that accumulates heat and humidity due to lack of windows and its enclosed environment. Hence, installing a powerful large ceiling fan in it can definitely provide the airflow and cooling that you need.
Common Concerns Regarding Large Ceiling Fans
One concern about buying ceiling fans is that they may fall off. This is especially true for buyers who like to buy large ceiling fans with bulky motors, constantly worrying if their ceiling can handle the fan’s overall weight. Even more so if one sees that their ceiling fan’s blades are wobbling, making you wonder if it will fall down at any moment’s notice. To relieve you from your worries, note that this concern is not true as long as it is properly installed. Moreover, make it a habit to check if there are any loose screws and broken parts. For best results, consult with a professional electrician when installing and maintaining your ceiling fan.
In relation to the previous concern, a large ceiling fan cannot, by any means, decapitate you (and perhaps no fan available for public purchase can do that). In particular, some alarmists worry that the exposed blades of the ceiling fans may “slice off” their body parts, just like how it was shown in movies and gore series. Rest assured that large ceiling fans may cut your skin, causing you to bleed, if handled inappropriately but the blades cannot pass through the bones, unless someone changes its parts with a more powerful motor and sharper fan blades.
Another common concern when buying a ceiling fan is that you cannot and should not use an air conditioning unit or heater along with it. Apart from added costs on the utility bills, it is believed in hearsay that using ceiling fans, especially large ones as they generally have higher power consumption, simultaneously with an air conditioning unit may trigger short circuits, overloading, and eventually electrical accidents.
Naturally, this notion is false. Short circuits and overloading can be prohibited if your home regularly maintains its proper electrical wiring, including checking your breaker. That means no exposed wires, no busted outlets, and a completely working circuit breaker. Hence, you cannot directly fault concurrently using ceiling fans and air conditioners if you encounter any unexpected electrical events.
Furthermore, using an air conditioning unit or heater alongside a ceiling fan may actually reduce your electricity consumption. According to some published articles, ceiling fans utilised along with an air conditioner during summer and a heater in winter can save you up to 40% and 15% electricity costs, respectively. This is because the refrigerated cooling effect produced by your air conditioning unit can be “amplified” by the ceiling fan’s wind-chill effect. In that way, your body may feel the comfort of a 20°C environment during summer noon when in fact, the temperature set on your AC is 25°C.
A similar yet slightly different case happens when a heater and a ceiling fan are used together. The warm air produced by the heater can be evenly distributed throughout the closed room by utilising the ceiling fan’s updraft. Adding the heat that the motors emit while in operation, running your ceiling fans in winter can increase the temperature you feel during cold months. Hence, there’s no evident reason why you shouldn’t use ceiling fans and air conditioners together.
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