A one-time investment in a ceiling or pedestal fan will pay off when it comes to reducing your cooling and energy bills. These tips will help you find the best fan for your space and budget.
Know your DCs (direct current) from your ACs (alternating current). DC is the latest wave of fans, which are quieter and use up to 70 percent less energy. AC motors connect directly to the power source, whereas a DC motor connects via an inbuilt electronic converter.
Fans with more blades are quieter, while those with fewer blades create a bigger breeze.
For winter warmth, look for a ceiling fan with a reverse cycle program, which will rotate blades in a clockwise direction at a low speed to drive warm air down from the ceiling.
Fans cool you by blowing air across your skin, evaporating tiny droplets of moisture; so, they only work when you’re in the room. Fans with a timer, such as the Mistral pedestal DC fan, mean you won’t forget to turn them off.
A fan can be a design feature. Try the Brilliant Coro indoor/outdoor fan for a Hamptons look. A fan can also make the most of a high-vaulted ceiling or a stairwell cavity, with a down-rod to suspend it at the right height.
Note: All ceiling fans should be at least 2.1 metres from the floor and at least 300mm from the ceiling. All electrical work must be carried out by a licensed electrician.