1. What is a ceiling fan?
A 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, renew it and cool it down in a way that is healthy and natural.
While there are other forms of ventilation capable of creating a cooler environment and until quite recently it was still hard to see them as a decorative element, ceiling fans are now one of the fashionable elements in interior design for several reasons.
2. Benefits of a ceiling fan
Today they are one of the most in-demand ventilation systems precisely for all the benefits they have.
- · They are a natural source of coolness
- · They are environmentally friendly
- · They create a sensation of comfort and absolute wellbeing
- · Their versatility makes them suitable for any room
- · They have modern, attractive designs
All this places them as one of the favourite options not only to ventilate and cool, but also as one more element of decoration that adds personality to any space.
Designer ceiling fans: air condition and decorate your space
Not too long ago, ventilation systems only met the basic need to air spaces and provide a little breeze indoors, and while back then it was hard to conceive of them as one more element of decoration, today they have come to be one of the favourite elements in interior design to create sophisticated spaces, including with 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 improving indoor and outdoor spaces with innovative and delicate styles, providing a point of difference that has already become a trend.
An element that is fashionable again
In addition to being a good complement to other more intense air sources like air conditioners, the breeze they provide to spaces like terraces, hotels or homes is much more healthy, natural and comfortable than the one that comes from any other type of ventilation such as floor or wall fans.
And while many users are still somewhat unfamiliar with them, the current practical and aesthetic designs, and the comfort they provide mean that they are, even in less hot places, another element that cannot be left out.
The possibility to choose ceiling fans that go with all types of styles has meant that they are again becoming a trend that is already dominant in interior design.
Energy saving fans
Ceiling fans are a much more economical ventilation and air renewal option than any other. The operation of a ceiling fan at an average speed consumes only 15 to 30 watts, so it is an economical and environmentally friendly option that is of great use at any time of the year.
It is healthy and improves the environment
The way that ceiling fans ventilate is not at all harmful to health, compared with any air conditioner. Air conditioners generate air artificially and the environment they create is the main factor responsible for those summer colds that everyone hates.
Ceiling fans, however, do not produce air, but rather move the air that is in a space, which is much healthier and provides an infinitely more natural sensation. Furthermore, unlike other ventilation systems, ceiling fans do not emit any type of toxic gases, so they are not only a much healthier option, but also more environmentally friendly.
Does not dry the environment
These ceiling fans, unlike wall or floor fans, do not create an air turbine current that focuses on a specific point, but rather make the air they move be perceived as a gentle breeze that you can enjoy all day long without ending up with a dry throat. These fans, therefore, improve the air quality in the spaces we inhabit, contributing to our wellbeing and health and, most importantly, without drying the environment.
Silent ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are one of the most discreet ways to ventilate a space. The new modern designs created with light materials are capable of creating air currents in such a silent way that you will barely notice that they are switched on.
Unlike other air conditioners, ceiling fans are the perfect option to achieve the right breeze point during the night or day without even noticing their movement.
Keeps insects away
And if ventilating a room with natural, healthy air weren’t enough, ceiling fans are also the most effective solution to combat insects like mosquitoes and flies with the air moved by their blades.
Ease and speed of ceiling fan Installation
Installing ceiling fans usually generates fear and uncertainty among users, but it is actually a simple task for which you just need to take a few factors into account.
This Installation is much simpler than that of any air conditioner, since ceiling fans are much lighter and easier to handle, and can be installed in any place where there ia a light socket.
Furthermore, contrary to popular opinion, a ceiling fan does not have to wobble or make any unexpected noise after installation, but it is important to ensure that this is done properly not only for safety reasons, but also in order that it works as it should.
The installation can depend on several factors, but primarily on the type and shape of the ceiling on which each fan is installed, whether they are sloping ceilings, false ceilings, straw ceilings, etc.
3.Types of ceiling fan
There are as many types of ceiling fan as there are rooms in which they can be installed. Depending on the size of the space, the style, the functionality, the ceiling, etc., there is always a perfect fan for each specific case.
Ceiling fan with light
The possibility to use them whenever they are needed without worrying about energy consumption and the comfort they create in a home have led them to become the option chosen by more and more users.
Furthermore, the option to incorporate light into the fans themselves also represents a very practical outcome, since you can illuminate, ventilate and decorate at the same time, making them rather comfortable for daily life.
Ceiling fan without light
Although ceiling fans with light are very functional, for big spaces it is appropriate to use fans without a light incorporated. In places like lounges or living rooms, the fan can be a decorative element that provides personality and originality, and in those cases the incorporated light would not be so practical.
In addition to the more traditional types than those you will have heard of, there are smart ceiling fans designed by FARO Barcelona which are much more modern and allow you to control them even from your smartphone or tablet.
While chains hang from the fan and are difficult to access, remote controls are delicate and can get lost, and wall regulators need installing, the smart control means that you can manage all the fans in one home from the same smartphone. Furthermore, the application is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, and has the same functionalities as a remote control, but being a smartphone will definitely 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, you need to bear in mind some considerations in order to use them in open spaces, such as the Ingress Protection 44 (IP44) necessary in order to offer the protection the fan needs against the entry of dust and water, since being outdoors it will be exposed to inclement weather.
One point to bear in mind in outdoor fans is that you do not need a ceiling to install it onto, rather it can also be installed on other surfaces like beams.
Fan for sloping ceiling
Most ceiling fans are made for different types of ceilings, including sloping ceilings, but this incline must be taken into account, since it can affect factors such as the length of the blades. And while the fan hangs straight on a sloping ceiling, the blades could hit it, so it is important to take into account the maximum incline that the ceiling can have.
The space there must be between the fan blades and the ceiling, the wall or any object it may hit must be at minimum 20 cm and the maximum sloping angle of the ceiling must be 20º so that it is possible to install a fan.
Furthermore, you must choose fans that are suitable for sloping ceilings, since not any fan will work. The fleuron of fans for sloping ceilings allows the fans to also slope so that they do not hit the ceiling or hang in an unnatural way.
Ceiling fan with remote control
Modern designs that have remote control make absolute comfort and great versatility possible when it comes to using a ceiling fan.
Now it is possible to control the speed of the fan, and switch it on and off without getting up, just by using a remote control function. Some even include a timer so you can program it to operate during the night or at other times of the day when you have other things to do.
Ceiling fan accessories
Ceiling fans also have accessories that can completely transform their appearance and functionality, from the bars on which they are supported to the light they incorporate, via the wall regulators, remote control kits or smart receptors capable of converting them into smart air conditioners.
Ceiling fan according to motor
There are two types of motors in ceiling fans: AC motors that operate with alternate current and DC motors that operate with direct current and therefore entail a reduction in the amount of energy used.
DC motor ceiling fan
At Faro Barcelona, we primarily use fans with a DC motor, since they consume less energy and are more efficient than fans with an AC motor. We also have fans with AC motors, however the trend in the sector is to use DC motors for several reasons:
- · They work with continuous current, avoiding energy waste.
- · They make use of all the energy they consume, which is still minimal.
- · They are more silent, since they require less motor friction.
- · They are longer lasting because their operation is more optimal.
Furthermore, DC motors are smaller and more discreet than AC motors, making simpler and smaller ceiling fan designs possible. DC motors are slightly more silent, making them perfectly suitable for use during the night without causing any annoyance.
4. Frequently asked questions on ceiling fans
While ceiling fans are already a true trend in interior design, many questions still crop up regarding their Installation, choosing the right fan, or other factors of interest.
How to choose a ceiling fan
When it comes to choosing a ceiling fan it is important to take several factors into account, such as the size of the space in which it is going to be installed, since this will be decisive for choosing the most suitable fan size. Incorporating fans that are too big can saturate the space they occupy and the fact that they are too small can mean that the airflow is not the best for that place.
However, while common opinion leans towards choosing the smallest ceiling fan models, the idea being that they will be more discreet and better integrate into the space, the most advisable option is to use bigger fans, since longer blades mean that more air moves with a much slower movement.
A small ceiling fan, conversely, needs a greater speed to produce the same breeze and this speed is precisely what will make it attract more attention instead of going unnoticed as one more decorative element.
To choose the perfect fan, you will have to assess some more factors, such as the height, incline, or type of ceiling on which it is going to be installed since this will determine which type of fan will be required.
In any case, the design of the fans today can be very varied and at FARO Barcelona you will find a wide range of types, sizes, and styles that will perfectly adapt to your interior design project. Bear in mind that a fan is a highly durable product so before choosing it, you should consider all the materials, styles, and sizes that best adapt to the space you are creating.
Ceiling fan consumption
Today, air conditioners are probably perceived as the best way to ventilate a place. However, ceiling fans are much more efficient. This alternative consumes much less energy, saving up to 50% compared with any air conditioner, so you will not have to worry about electricity bills at the hottest times of the year.
Ceiling fans work with electric current and, even at a lower intensity, are able to move the air required, creating a breeze like the one felt at the seaside.
How many blades a fan should 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 movement of air generated by the fan has more to do with other factors like the incline of the blades or their length, and as for the number, quite the opposite to what is commonly believed would occur: the fewer the blades, the more air will be moved.
In fact, models with fewer blades are recommended for bigger spaces, and those with more blades are recommended to cool more gently.
How a ceiling fan should rotate
One of the big advantages of having a ceiling fan is the possibility of having constant gentle ventilation in space, and this applies both in summer and in winter.
The movement of a fan’s blades can make it perfect for one season or another. In summer, the blades should turn in a counterclockwise direction to create a pleasant and cooling breeze that helps to ventilate the place.
Using ceiling fans by programming the movement of the blades in a clockwise direction will allow you to use them in winter too.
At this time of the year, the movement of the blades in the opposite direction serves to make the hot air circulate more efficiently, eliminating hot air stratification without creating any downward air currents that may be annoying. A ceiling fan is useful all year round, you just have to know how to best use it.
Where the ceiling fan can be installed
While a ceiling fan operating at normal speed is not at all dangerous, at maximum speed it can cause damage if something gets in its way. This is why the space in which it is installed must have a high enough ceiling to prevent something like this from occurring.
Minimum height to install a ceiling fan
It is generally recommended that ceiling fans not be hung below 2.30 m in circulation areas, although it could be hung lower if it is located in areas like above a dining table or a bed, where the risk of getting in its way is minimal.
The distance between the fan and the ceiling is also important. In fact, if the fan is situated on a ceiling higher than 2.80 m, it is also advisable to use downloads with a longer extension. However, this distance should not be too big because the fan might move more than expected and give the sensation of being unsafe, even if it is in fact properly installed.
What type of cleaning and maintenance does the fan needs
Ceiling fans need to be regularly cleaned and checked to ensure they are working properly and are safe. To clean them, all you need is a damp cloth and you should check the ceiling support fastening. In any case, after disassembling any part, it is important to ensure that everything is properly screwed in to avoid an annoying vibration when it starts operating.
FARO ceiling fans
FARO Barcelona ceiling fans are synonymous with quality since each fan we make is tested and verified to guarantee the best operation and quality. Furthermore, they have a warranty for the motor for up to 15 years.
Design and technology in FARO ceiling fans
At FARO Barcelona, you can find more than 80 different ceiling fan designs to choose from that adapt to all types of styles, all with the latest technology and with a motor with the best possible performance.
If you still have questions about which fan you need, this article answers the 5 most typical questions when buying a new fan.
Variety of products
Our fan offering 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 types of styles, designs, colours, materials, and sizes that will allow you to find a fan suitable for each place.