Love solid wood? If so, then wooden ceiling fans would be your top picks among ceiling fan styles. Many of them have fan blades made from oak, birch, and mahogany. Some have housings that showcase the tropical vibes and wild forest appeal. Moreover, many wooden ceiling fans are treated and manufactured to withstand outdoor conditions, making them popular additions to patios, verandas, and porches for countryside residences.
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Wooden Ceiling Fan
Whether they do it consciously or not, people always set criteria when shopping for all kinds of items. Some base it on their preferred style and appearance, while others meticulously ponder on what benefits they can get from the product’s attributes.
If you’re a beginner buyer of wooden ceiling fans and don’t know what works best for you, here is a list of some aspects you may consider when choosing a new wooden ceiling fan:
Location: Although choosing a wooden ceiling fan highly depends on your personal preference, designers and salespeople would still ask first where do you want to install your wooden ceiling fan before they recommend some models to you. This is because they understand that each location has a specific function that should be thoroughly considered. For example, bedrooms are the safe and peaceful havens of homeowners, especially at night as they sleep. Hence, for a more comfortable and calm environment in bedrooms, these would suggest quiet fans that blow a gentle breeze rather than those with strong airflow performances. So, think first about where you want to install your wooden ceiling fan before buying them on your local market or online.
Positioning: Once you’ve chosen a location for your ceiling fan, next would be in which part of the room should you fix it. If you’ve chosen an indoor room like a lobby or a kitchen, most people would just install it on the centremost part of the room’s ceiling. Just make sure that your chosen ceiling fan’s blades won’t reach any of the hanging commodities in the room such as pendant lights and chandeliers. If the centremost part is occupied, try to install your ceiling fan above the room’s gathering points instead. For example, position it on top of the living room couch or above the dining table.
Height: A ceiling fan’s height is largely influenced by the size of its downrods. Hugger fans or low-profile ceiling fans are exceptions to this as they’re iconic for having no downrod parts. Generally, the length of the downrods influences the height of the ceiling fan. There are downrods that are as short as 20 cm and as long as 300cm, giving fans the added versatility for customization. As there are safety regulations in some regions, the size of the applicable downrod for a ceiling fan, which entails the height of the ceiling fan, is dependent on the room’s floor-to-ceiling drop. For instance, the distance between the ceiling fan’s lowest part and the floor in Australia must always be at least 2.1 meters. Hence, one needs to choose downrods and ceiling fans for their spaces that would not violate this height requirement.
Ceiling Type: Most wooden ceiling fans in the market are meant for flat ceiling installations. Only a few are advertised for unconventional ceiling types. Hence, before buying a wooden ceiling fan for your space, you need to identify your ceiling’s type first. If you happen to have a sloped, vaulted, or arched ceiling, then you’ll probably need additional equipment in order to install your much-awaited ceiling fan. No need to fret as there are sloped ceiling kits and other types of additional accessories online to solve this problem.
Size: Ceiling fan sizes largely depend on the fan blade span, which varies from the smallest 12-inch diameter to 100-inch full-spread. It is also proportional to the overall weight of the fan as bulkier or more powerful motors are often used to employ large ceiling fans. Your desired ceiling fan’s size is based on your personal preference, but always consider the amount of ceiling space that you have and the room’s size before making a decision. You don’t want your wooden ceiling fan to look so big or small that it looks awkward in your room (unless that’s what you prefer). Moreover, as a safety measure, make sure that a wooden ceiling fan you chose is small enough such that there exists a 50cm clearance in between the fan blade tips and the walls, no matter where you intend to fix it.
Airflow: A ceiling fan’s airflow is the result of a number of factors. If you need an estimation of how much airflow is necessary for your space, you can look for the speed settings, motor capacity, and volume of air the fan produces. The last factor is self-explanatory, while the first two elements dictate whether your fan will provide a gentle breeze or a forceful draft in the room. There are fans that have a high air volume, about 6,000 cubic feet per minute or more, but scatter air in a slow and mild current, preventing you to feel the cooling effect of the ceiling fan on a hot sunny day. Do also note that some fans have 5-speed settings, making you think it’s a great bargain because of the large variety of speed control, only to realise that its highest speed setting is about the same as the second-highest speed of another wooden ceiling fan. Carefully ponder on what combination of the three factors do you personally prefer for your wooden ceiling fan.
Rating: Remember ratings when talking about pendant light or wall light protection? Fans also have a classification of whether the product is applicable for indoor use only or it’s also safe to use outdoors. Standard ceiling fans often have protection against finger-sized solid objects and sporadic water droplets, so they’re only advertised for indoor rooms. Some wooden ceiling fans are damp-rated, able to protect themselves and prevent internal system damage caused by the moisture in the air, so they’re typically used in covered outdoor areas like porches and verandas. Wet-rated wooden ceiling fans, although seldomly sold, have a higher degree of protection than damp-rated ones, making them suitable outdoor ceiling fans and sometimes, coastal ceiling fans, too. Generally, the higher the number, the better the rating, the more protection your fan has against external factors. Hence, if you plan to add a wooden ceiling fan on your terrace or balcony, carefully filter and inspect their protection ratings before making an informed decision.
Motor Type: There are two major types of motors that can be manufactured in a wooden ceiling fan. The AC motor is the most common motor type throughout the decades and is powered by the alternating current supplied from the electric power grid. DC motors can be considered as “upgraded” versions of AC motors, with transformers installed in their system to convert the alternating current to another type that is necessary for its system. Both kinds of motor have advantages and disadvantages. For example, ceiling fans run by DC motors are generally quiet and energy-efficient, but they’re more expensive and susceptible to sudden electrical surges. On the other hand, ceiling fans with AC motors are made with a certain degree of immunity to sudden power spikes and are cheaper than other fans, but their system can run very hot and the speed settings are limited and regulated only by capacitors. Choose which aspects are your priorities for your next wooden ceiling fan then decide which motor type is more aligned to your demands.
Added Features: A commonly added feature that you may find when browsing for a prospective wooden ceiling fan is a light kit. Ceiling fans with lights, in general, are favourable multi-purpose appliances for interior spaces that need a considerable amount of light and ventilation like living rooms and bedrooms. Their lighting part can be either fixed or adaptable to the fan frame, making the latter a suitable accessory for the specific ceiling fan model. Another commonly added feature for wooden ceiling fans is a timer setting, enabling the owner to automatically turn on and off their ceiling fan at specified times of the day. Of course, there are wooden ceiling fans that have no added features installed on their models, but we recommend that you consider buying one that has your desired added features for a more convenient and comfortable living.
Ceiling Fan Style: Always match your wooden ceiling fan’s style to the theme of its area. Gone are the days when you’re only option are dark-coloured traditional ceiling fans. If you want to be trendy, complement your room’s decors and furniture with a wooden ceiling fan of the right style. There are ceiling fans that mimic the natural colours of the earth for a natural appeal, and there are those that have pops of vibrant colours for a more retro look. Enliven your space with a ceiling fan that completes your room’s overall atmosphere.
About Zest Lighting
Zest Lighting is an online lighting boutique committed to bringing the best in designer lighting to our valuable customers without breaking their budget. We have established collections of different styles, colours, and materials of meticulously handpicked pendant lights, wall lights, lamps, chandeliers, and downlights for easier viewing and browsing.
Now, we have added durable, highly-efficient, wooden ceiling fans to our repertoire, hoping to bring added options to achieve the desired comfortable and convenient home living. Please get in touch with us here if you have questions or concerns, or read on our blog and FAQ page for immediate answers. Shop wooden ceiling fans with us at Zest Lighting.