Ceiling fan: the decorative and functional element that is back to revolutionize interior design
The ceiling fan is one of the most traditional ventilation options that, through the movement of its blades, manages to move the air in a room, renewing it and making it cooler in a healthy and natural way.
That is why it is a favourite choice not only to ventilate and cool, but also to add a touch of personality to the interior design of any space.
- They are a source of healthy freshness
- They are environmentally friendly
- Create a feeling of absolute comfort and well-being
- Their versatility makes them suitable for any room.
- Consume 70% less than other systems
- They are useful both in summer and winter
Types of ceiling fans
There are as many types of ceiling fans as there are rooms in which they can be placed. Depending on the size of the room, the style, the functionality, the ceiling, etc., there is always the perfect fan for each individual case.
Ceiling fan with light
Ceiling fans with light are particularly useful, as they can illuminate, ventilate and decorate at the same time or independently, making them a convenient option for everyday life.
For example, if there are not many points of light in the room, they can be placed in a bedroom, above the dining table or in a living room to promote comfort thanks to the pleasantly cool breeze they produce.
Ceiling fan without light
Although ceiling fans without light are very functional, ceiling fans without built-in light are suitable for large spaces. In such cases, the built-in light would not be as practical. If the room has light points, it is not necessary to add extra light to the fan.
In addition to the more traditional types that you may have heard of, there are smart ceiling fans designed by FARO Barcelona, which are much more modern and make it possible to control them even from your smartphone, tablet, Alexa or other smart devices.
While chains hang from the fan and are difficult to access, remote controls are delicate and can get lost and wall controllers need to be installed, the smart control makes it possible to operate all the fans in a house from the same smartphone. In addition, the app is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri and has the same functionality as a remote control, only that, being a smartphone, it will certainly not get lost.
Outdoor ceiling fan
The natural, cool and gentle breeze provided by a ceiling fan is perfect for both indoors and outdoors. However, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account when using them outdoors, such as the IP44 rating required to give the fan the protection it needs from dust and water ingress, as it will be exposed to the elements outdoors.
Pitched roof fan
Most ceiling fans can be installed on sloped ceilings, but it is necessary to take this slope into account, because it can affect factors such as the length of the blades. Even if the fan hangs straight on a sloped ceiling, the blades may collide, so it is important to take into account the maximum slope of the ceiling.
The space between the fan blades and the ceiling, wall or any object with which the fan may collide must be at least 20 cm and the maximum angle of inclination of the ceiling must be 20° to allow for the placement of a fan.
In addition, it is necessary to choose fans that are suitable for sloping ceilings, as not just any fan will do. The fan blades on fans for sloping ceilings also allow the fans to be tilted so that they do not collide with the ceiling or hang unnaturally low.
Ceiling fan with remote control
Modern designs with remote control provide absolute convenience and versatility when using a ceiling fan.
It is now possible to control the speed of the fan, turn it on and off without getting up, simply by using a remote control that works with a remote control. Some even include a timer, so that it can be programmed to run at night or at other times of the day when it is not possible to keep an eye on it.
Accessories for ceiling fans
Ceiling fans also have accessories that can completely transform their appearance and functionality. From the bars on which they are supported to the lights they incorporate, through to wall-mounted regulators, remote control kits or Smart receivers capable of turning them into smart appliances.
DC or AC motorised ceiling fan
This is one of the most frequent doubts when choosing a ceiling fan: Is AC or DC better? The difference between AC and DC motor is as follows:
- AC motor: They use alternating and variant current. It is like plug power, it does not always have the same value, they move between a range.
- DC motor: They convert alternating current into direct current or direct current, thanks to the transformer included in the fan motor. In this way, they always generate the same voltage in only one direction.
At Faro Barcelona we mainly use those with DC motors, as they consume less energy and are more efficient than the latter. We also have fans with AC motors, however, the trend in the sector is to use DC motors for several reasons:
- They operate with direct current, avoiding energy waste.
- They use all the energy they consume, which remains minimal.
- They are quieter, as they require less friction from the engine.
- They are more durable because their performance is more optimal.
In addition, DC motors are smaller and more discreet than AC motors, which makes simpler and smaller designs possible than the others. DC motors are slightly quieter, which also makes them perfectly suitable for use at night without being a nuisance.
Frequently asked questions about ceiling fans
Although ceiling fans have become a real trend in interior design, there are still many questions regarding their installation, the choice of the right fan or other relevant factors.
How to choose a ceiling fan
When choosing a ceiling fan it is important to take several factors into account, such as the size of the space in which it will be placed, as this will be decisive in choosing the most suitable size of fan. Too large fans can saturate the space in which they are placed, and if they are too small, the air flow may not be the most suitable for that place.
However, although the usual thinking is to choose smaller models of ceiling fans, thinking that they will be more discreet and blend in better with the space, it is better to use larger fans, as the longer blades mean that more air is moved with a much slower movement.
A small ceiling fan, on the other hand, needs a higher speed to produce the same breeze, and it is precisely this speed that will make it stand out rather than be overlooked as a decorative element.
To choose the perfect fan, you will need to consider a few other factors such as height, pitch or the type of ceiling on which it will be installed, as this will determine which type of fan will be needed.
In any case, the design of fans can be very varied nowadays, and at FARO Barcelona you can find a wide variety of types, sizes and styles that will adapt perfectly to the design of your interior design project. Keep in mind that a fan is a product with a great durability, so before choosing it you should consider all the materials, styles and sizes that best suit the space you are creating.
Consumption of the ceiling fan
Nowadays, air conditioners are probably seen as the best way to ventilate a room. However, ceiling fans are much more efficient solutions. This alternative consumes much less energy, saving up to 50% compared to any air conditioner, so you no longer have to worry about energy bills at the hottest times of the year.
Ceiling fans are powered by ordinary electricity, and even at the lowest intensity, they are able to move the necessary air creating a breeze similar to that felt at the seashore.
How many blades should a fan have
There is a false belief that the more blades a ceiling fan has, the more air it will move, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the air movement generated by the fan has more to do with other factors such as the inclination of the blades or the length of the blades, and in terms of the number of blades, the opposite is true: the fewer the blades, the more air it will move.
In fact, models with fewer blades are recommended for larger spaces, and those with more blades for gentler cooling.
How a ceiling fan should rotate
One of the great advantages of having a ceiling fan is the possibility of having a smooth and constant ventilation in a space, and this is applicable in summer as well as in winter.
- In winter, the blades should rotate clockwise to better distribute the layers of warm air and eliminate stratification without creating disturbing downdrafts.
- In summer, the blades should rotate counterclockwise to achieve a natural coolness to complement any air-conditioning system.
The movement of a fan's blades can make it perfect for one season or another.
What is the inverse function in ventilation?
The reverse function allows the fan to be used on both the coldest and hottest days. Depending on the rotation of the blades, it can be used in winter or summer mode.
That's why a ceiling fan is useful all year round, you just have to know how to use it optimally.
Where to place the ceiling fan
Although a ceiling fan running at normal speed is not dangerous at all, at full speed it can cause damage if it is bumped into. That is why the space in which it is placed should have a ceiling high enough to prevent such a thing from happening. Read more about how to install a ceiling fan.
What is the minimum height for a ceiling fan?
Generally, it is recommended that ceiling fans should not hang below 2.30 m in pass-through areas, although it could be placed lower if it is placed in areas such as above a dining table or bed, where the risk of collision with the fan is minimal.
The distance between the fan and the ceiling is also important, in fact, if the fan is placed on a ceiling higher than 2.80 m, it is also advisable to use longer extension poles.
However, this distance should not be too great, because the fan could move more than expected and give a feeling of insecurity, even if it is in fact perfectly installed.
What kind of cleaning and maintenance the fan needs
Ceiling fans are very easy to maintain. They simply need to be cleaned and checked from time to time to ensure their proper functioning and safety. To clean them, simply wipe them with a damp cloth and check the fixing of the ceiling bracket. In any case, it is important to make sure that, after disassembling any part, everything is perfectly screwed down to avoid annoying vibration when it is put into operation.
Benefits of the ceiling fan
Nowadays, ceiling fans are one of the most demanded ventilation systems precisely because of all the benefits they have.
Air-condition and decorate any space
Not so long ago, ventilation systems only fulfilled the basic need to air spaces and bring some freshness into interiors, and although at that time it was difficult to conceive of them as a decorative element, today they have become a favourite in interior design to create sophisticated spaces, even in very different styles.
Since the creation of the first ceiling fan in 1882, these ventilation systems have not stopped evolving to become what they are today, design pieces capable of enhancing indoor and outdoor spaces with innovative and delicate styles, providing a differentiating point that has already become a trend.
An element that is back in fashion
In addition to being a good complement to other more intense air sources such as air conditioners, the breeze they bring to spaces such as terraces, hotels or homes, is much healthier, natural and comfortable than any other type of ventilation such as floor or wall fans.
And although they are still unknown to many users, today's practical and stylish designs and the comfort they provide make them another must-have item even in the coolest of places.
The possibility of choosing ceiling fans to suit all kinds of styles has once again made them a fashionable trend that is already sweeping the interior design scene.
Ceiling fans are a much more economical ventilation and air renewal option than any other. Running a ceiling fan at medium speed consumes as little as 15-30 watts, making it an economical and environmentally friendly option that is useful at any time of the year.
It is healthy and improves the environment
The way ceiling fans ventilate is not at all unhealthy compared to any air conditioner. Air conditioners generate air artificially, and the atmosphere they create is mainly responsible for those summer colds that everyone hates.
Ceiling fans, however, do not produce air, but rather move the air already in a space, which is much healthier and gives an infinitely more natural feel. Furthermore, unlike other ventilation systems, ceiling fans do not emit any toxic fumes, making them not only a much healthier option, but also a much more environmentally friendly one.
Does not dry out the throat
These fans, unlike wall or floor fans, do not create a turbine airflow that hits a specific point, but rather make the air they move feel like a gentle breeze that can be blown all day long without resulting in a parched throat. These fans, therefore, improve the quality of the air in the spaces in which we live, contributing to our well-being and health and, most importantly, without drying out the environment.
Ceiling fans are one of the most discreet ways to ventilate a space. New modern designs created with lightweight materials are able to create air currents so quietly that you will hardly notice that they are switched on.
Unlike other appliances, ceiling fans are the perfect choice to achieve just the right amount of coolness during the night or day without even noticing their movement.
Keeps insects away
And as if ventilating a room with natural and healthy air were not enough, ceiling fans are also the most effective solution to combat insects such as mosquitoes and flies with the air moved by their blades.
Ease and speed of installation
The installation of ceiling fans is often something that scares and causes insecurity among users, but in reality, it is a simple matter for which only a few factors need to be taken into account.
This installation is much simpler than that of any air conditioner, as ceiling fans are much lighter and more manageable, and can be installed anywhere where there is a light point.
Also, contrary to popular belief, a ceiling fan does not need to wobble or make any unexpected noises after installation, but it is important to ensure that the installation is carried out correctly not only for safety but also to ensure that it works as it should.
The installation may depend on several factors, but mainly on the type and shape of the roof on which each fan is placed, whether it is a pitched roof, plasterboard roof, thatched roof, etc.
Faro Barcelona ceiling fans
FARO Barcelona ceiling fans are synonymous with quality, and each of the fans manufactured is tested and checked to ensure the best performance and quality. In addition, they have a guarantee for the motor of up to 15 years.
Design and technology in ceiling fans Faro Barcelona
At FARO Barcelona you can find more than 80 different designs of ceiling fans to choose from to suit all styles, all with the latest technology and the best possible motor performance.
If you still have doubts about which fan you need, this article answers the 5 most common questions when buying a new fan.
Variety of products
Our range of fans stands out not only for the quality and technology they incorporate, but also for being one of the most varied ranges on the market, with all kinds of styles, designs, colours, materials and sizes that will enable you to find a fan to suit every room.