By John. Ceiling Fan. Published at Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 - 08:11:12 AM.
Ceiling Fans Leading the Future The Current Market Ceiling fans have been gaining in popularity for the past 20 years. What started as a cost effective alternative to air conditioning to cool your living room bedroom or kitchen has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Ceiling fans are now offered in many styles and price ranges from the very basic to high end designer styles. They can cost from less than one hundred to several thousand dollars and are being made to suit any taste or preference. The ceiling fan manufacturing industry has evolved to provide very high quality fans at reasonable costs and has built the consumer market for these products. This led to explosive growth in the sales of fans through the home improvement retailers like Home Depot, Lowes and others. The days of showroom sales for the mid to high level fans may be in for a change due the marketing efforts of these industry giants. Marketing data suggests that approximately 70% of all ceiling fans are being installed by the homeowner within 2 years of occupying their home. They are replacing the existing lighting fixtures with higher grade fixtures and ceiling fans in the bedroom and kitchen area. The living room is also a popular choice for fixture replacement with ceiling fan and lighting kit combinations being installed in greater numbers. The consumer is faced with so many choices in the market today that it can be a bewildering experience for todays consumer. The average purchaser is going down to their favorite home improvement store to choose their new fan or lighting fixture or even making their choice on the internet. They come to a lighting specialty store or showroom only after being overwhelmed by the choices in the home improvement stores aisles which provide little if any service or assistance. The choice of fans today is greater than at any time in past 5 to 10 years. Many of the major brands are also selling products in the home improvement market. Companies like Hunter are distributing several models in Home Depot this trend is expected to increase as they gain market share. Changing Technology Numerous manufacturers have been paying attention to this trend in the consumer market and are providing fans that meet the needs of todays consumer. The ease of assembly and use of pre-assembled components speed the installation of their products. Westinghouse Lighting Corporation has a line of fans that captures all of these needs and they claim can be installed in 15 minutes on average. The weak link in all of these improvements is the ceiling box itself. This is the component that the fan is attached to and must bear the static and dynamic loads of the fans operation. It also houses the electrical wiring for the fan. This utilitarian component has been under going improvement for the past 10 years or more to make its installation quicker, cheaper and easier than the traditional metal box of yesterday. The electrical contractor of today is using products that increase his productivity and maximize the potential profit of his labor. They have a large choice of nail-on products that already have the fasteners attached to the ceiling box and all they have to do is hold it in place and nail or screw it into a joist or truss for it to be secured. Many of these boxes are thermoplastics which are inexpensive and easy to manufacture. They also have the added advantage of not needing to be electrically grounded so this saves the additional labor that metal boxes require. This fact is not lost on the ceiling box manufacturers that are producing ceiling, outlet and junction boxes that are quick to install and are made of plastics that require less and less labor to install properly. This has gotten to the point that there is now a lighting box that only needs to be pushed onto a wooden stud for it to be secured; no fasteners are needed at all! The ceiling fan manufacturers however may not be keeping pace with the trend in ceiling box installation practices. They advise the consumer of their products to reinforce or replace the existing fixture with a fan-rated ceiling box which is prudent, though are the consumers heeding their installation directives? The installation instructions for many of the fans available today show a metal type box that has screws going through the box and into blocking above the box. This is not what is installed in most of the newer construction homes which use the labor saving nail-on products. As a general rule builders and contractors do not provide blocking above the ceiling box with a nail-on product as the added material & labor is not cost effective. The average nail-on plastic ceiling box is rated for only supporting a 35 pound static load. They are also not fan-rated. This requires that the ceiling box be replaced with a fan-rated box before the installation of a ceiling fan. Fan-rated boxes are capable of holding 70 pound loads and are rated for this application. This is easier said than done! The nail-on products do not lend themselves to be reinforced easily since labor savings have also been applied to the construction of homes themselves. In many circumstance the average home does not have an attic, only a narrow crawl space between the trusses is provided. This combined with blow-in insulation makes the location of the ceiling box difficult if not impossible when a fan is to be hung on an upper floor. For installation of a ceiling fan between floors leaves little choice for this task since it cannot be accessed easily from above or below the ceiling since the upper floor is directly above the ceiling box. Cutting a hole in the floor or knocking out the ceiling is not prudent just to place blocking above a ceiling box. Medallions are available but the added expense, labor and time can be prohibitive, especially if the medallion is painted to match the ceiling. The brace type of products that are sold today are an alternative though they work better in theory than in practice as the old ceiling box needs to be removed before they can be installed. Home Depot has a web page devoted to this process which they claim can take ½ a day to complete. A Better Way Following the trends used in the construction methods of todays homes has led to the development of a new and simple method to reinforce an existing ceiling box to that of a fan-rated box that is consumer friendly. Access is gained through the ceiling box itself with a small bracket being utilized in what is in most cases is wasted space within the ceiling box itself. Two fasteners are driven through the ceiling box and into the joist or truss with the bracket being firmly held in position. This bracket has been shown by independent testing by a leading product testing laboratory to allow the ceiling box to sustain very large dynamic loads. This testing revealed that ordinary thermoplastic ceiling boxes that are reinforced in this manner are capable of sustaining loads that are factors above the requirements of NEC (314.27D & 422.18). These NEC building codes apply to the installation of ceiling fans and fan-rated ceiling boxes. Another added feature is that this product installs in only 2 minutes or less with common hand tools and allows the installation of a ceiling fan to be accomplished in less than an hour from start to finish. If the Westinghouse fans were to be used with this product it could be done in 17 minutes or less! The product can also be also used with metal boxes after 2 holes have been drilled in the ceiling box. Failure modes during product testing revealed that the test plate was being pulled off of the ceiling box. The ceiling box is left intact and firmly secured to the simulated test truss. A grounding lug and screw is provided on the bracket to facilitate grounding of the pierced ceiling box to alleviate any concerns regarding an energized component outside of the ceiling box. This product is manufactured in the United States by EE Products Inc. as FAN-EZE under the following U.S. Patents, 6,881,900, 6,909,045, & 6,965,077 and is available for distribution by retail and wholesale sales outlets. Further information regarding the products can be found at http://www.eeproductsinc.com or contacting the company directly at 801-254-5144.
Hunter Ceiling Fan - Energy Saver Did you know that by using your ceiling fan year-round, it is possible to save as much as 40% off your air conditioning costs, and in winter, can save up to 10% on your heating bill? If this sounds good to you, it may be time to purchase one or more ceiling fans for your home. If you want to be sure you buy the best possible ceiling fan, Hunter ceiling fan is a high quality product. If you look for the symbol for Energy Star on select units, it means that the product you are about to purchase has met the Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency. Select Hunter ceiling fans are also equipped with energy efficient 30-watt compact fluorescent bulbs and are California Title 24 Compliant. This means that a Hunter Ceiling fan is "quiet for life." You are sure to find a Hunter ceiling fan to suit each room of your home. There are many styles to choose from, like classic or modern. A Hunter ceiling fan, with proper care should last you a lifetime. Hunter ceiling fans are made from the finest materials to create designs that are stylish and will add beauty and warmth to any room of your home. Each Hunter ceiling fan has been designed and crafted to rise above other ceiling fans for quality and efficiency. You can be assured that your Hunter ceiling fan will be more than just a beautiful addition to your home. A Hunter fan has an exclusive motor technology and mounting system. This is to ensure that every Hunter ceiling fan will not wobble and will be whisper quiet. This is something that Hunter has been doing since 1886. When you purchase a Hunter ceiling fan, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your ceiling fan is backed by a limited Lifetime Motor Warranty. The WhipserWind motor is available for most models of Hunter ceiling fans, and it transports mega-powerful air movement. Combined with the whisper quiet performance of the Hunter ceiling fan, you cant find a better value. When you purchase your Hunter ceiling fan, it comes ready to easily install. You will have complete instructions on just how to mount your ceiling fan without worry or hassle. Your Hunter ceiling fan was designed with easy installation and maintenance in mind. If you think your ceiling is too high or too steeply angled, with Hunters vaulted ceiling mounts and extension downrods, you are almost sure to find a Hunter ceiling fan to fit your special needs. Before you purchase a ceiling fan, you should do plenty of research on the internet. Always keep in mind, all ceiling fans are not created equal. To ensure the highest energy efficiency and the best product for the job, choose a Hunter ceiling fan. You wont regret your decision.
Outdoor Ceiling Fans If you are planning on installing a ceiling fan in an outdoor location, it is important to purchase a fan that is designed specifically for that purpose. If you install an indoor fan in an outdoor area it is likely to short out (which can be hazardous) or simply break down prematurely. Outdoor ceiling fans are designed differently than indoor ceiling fans because they need to be able to the forces of mother nature. Here are some of the ways that outdoor ceiling fans differ from those made for indoors: The decorative motor casing is either sealed or designed to prevent water or moisture from coming in contact with the actual motor inside. The wiring is a higher grade with additional shielding. Screws and other components are typically made of stainless steel. The finish on the motor casing and hardware is usually a weather resistant powder coat, stainless steel, or has some additional protective coating that can handle exposure to the elements. The blades are likely made of ABS plastic rather than plywood. ABS is a very strong durable material that resists warping and discoloration from moisture or UV exposure. Light fixtures are sealed on top and designed for outdoors The mounting hardware is either water tight or designed to prevent water from entering from above. There are 2 types of outdoor ceiling fans, those rated for DAMP locations and those rated for WET locations. There is a notable difference between the two and it is important that you choose the right type for your application. In either case, make sure the fan you purchase is UL Listed for the application you need so that you know it can be safely installed without creating a potential electrical hazard. Here are the differences between the two types of outdoor fans: Damp rated outdoor fans are designed to handle moisture but not direct contact with rain or running water. Therefore, a damp rated outdoor ceiling fan can be installed in a covered area such as a patio or screened in porch or other areas that are protected from rain or dripping water. Wet rated outdoor fans are designed to handle direct exposure to rain. They can be installed in virtually any indoor or outdoor location, covered or uncovered. So you can install a wet rated outdoor ceiling fan in an open gazebo, lattice covered lanai or other similar shade structure as well as under a covered porch or patio. Because wet rated outdoor fans are pretty much water tight, you can actually clean them by hosing them off...which is a great reason to buy a wet rated fan even if all you need is a damp rated model. Commonly asked questions about outdoor fans: Can an outdoor ceiling fan be installed indoors? Yes, you can install an outdoor fan in your living room or any other room in your home where you want a fan. Many people will do this simply because they like the look of a particular outdoor fan. Also, outdoor fans are highly recommended for laundry rooms and bathrooms or any other room inside your home that that tends to have excessive moisture. In more humid climates, outdoor fans are a great choice for every room in the home. I live in a very windy area and have had problems with blades breaking off...are there any outdoor fans that are made to handle high winds? High winds can in fact sheer the blades off a ceiling fan, particularly cheaper models that use lightweight materials. Usually it is the metal blade holders that attach the blades to the fan that break rather than the blades themselves. So if you are in an area prone to high winds, outdoor fans that do not have blade holders are your best choice. If the fan is to be installed in an area that is 9 feet high or less, a hugger style outdoor fan is even better. A perfect example of such a fan is the Minka Aire Concept II Wet, which is one of the very few outdoor fans that meet this criteria. Are there any outdoor fans that are designed to be taken down easily or that have blades that are easy to take off when a storm is coming? This is a very common question. Unfortunately the answer is no. There are no ceiling fans designed with a "Quick Disconnect" mechanism or with blades that snap on and off. However, I suppose that if any fan manufacturer came up with such a fan it would be a big seller. Running wires and installing a junction box can be difficult in many outdoor applications. Are there any outdoor ceiling fans that are battery operated? Although DC powered ceiling fans are now in fact available, they are not yet powerful enough to handle the needs of outdoor applications, nor are they being designed to work from batteries. Currently, most DC powered ceiling fans use an AC/DC converter, so they still require electrical wiring. However, I would look for this to change in the near future...most likely in the next year or two. Can a remote control be added to an outdoor ceiling fan? Most add-on remotes or wall controls are not rated for use outdoors, so unless the control is specifically designed for the fan you are considering and is rated for the correct application (Damp or Wet), then you should not use it. If a remote control or wall control is important to you, look for outdoor fans that have such a control included with the fan. Can any light fixture be added to an outdoor ceiling fan? No. Just as ceiling fans are rated for Damp or Wet locations, so are the light fixtures that are used with them. Make sure you purchase a light fixture that is made by the manufacturer of the fan and that has the same rating. If you want an outdoor fan with a light fixture, your best bet is to purchase one comes with one, this way you can be certain they are compatible.
Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan For Your Room Thinking of installing a new ceiling fan in your room? Then you will need to know how to choose the right one. Unfortunately, choosing a ceiling fan is not as simple as some may thing; in addition to design and looks, there are many other factors you will need to take into consideration when assessing its suitability for your use. Here, we examine some of these factors. Purpose of the Ceiling Fan Before shortlisting the right fan to install in your room, youll need to be clear of its purpose. Will it be the only fan in the room or will it work in tandem with other ceiling fans? Will it be decorative or dual purpose- both for lighting and cooling the room? Commonsensical as it sounds, there are many who overlook this step only to regret their purchase decision because the fan they chose lacks the functionality needed. Size of the Room Size is the second thing to consider. The size of the room will be the main point of reference for choosing the size of your new ceiling fan. Even if you only intend the fan to be decorative, a tiny fan in a large room will look a little silly. The chart below is a standard room-to-fan reference that will help you make the right ceiling fan size choice: Room and Ceiling Fan Size Up to 64 sq. ft. - 36 or smaller 64 to 144 sq. ft. - 36 to 48 144 to 225 sq. ft. - 48 to 52 225 sq. ft. and above - 52 or larger Type of Mounting The next important consideration is mounting type. Your choice of mounting will almost always be dependent on your ceiling height. According the American Lighting Association, the ceiling fan should hang at least 7 above the floor, though 8 - 9 is best, if the ceiling is high enough to allow for that. Here is a description of the various mounting types and how to choose between them: Flush (Hugger Type) Mount - This is where the fan is anchored directly to the ceiling without the use of a downrod. This reduces the drop distance of the fan and is thus ideal for low ceilings or fans with low hanging lights. However flush mount ceiling fans do have a major drawback; the airflow is almost always somewhat restricted in such fans owning to the very short distance between the ceiling and fan blade. They are thus not suitable for rooms with higher ceiling as well as ceiling that are not flat. Standard Mount - These usually use a 3 to 5 inch downrod and are the most common for rooms with 8 to 9 ceiling height. Extended Mount - These are perfect for high or vaulted ceilings. The length of the downrod used is customized such that the fan is positioned between 8 to 9 above the floor for optimal airflow. Control Type Another factor to consider when choosing a ceiling fan is the choice of control types (i.e. pull chain, wall switch or remote control). The pull chain is often the cheapest and most basic alternative. If aesthetics is not a consideration, it is definitely a viable alternative. The remote control, on the other hand, is the most costly. This is not surprising because it is the most high tech option and offers the most convenience. A downside though this that the remote control can be easily misplaced especially if you have kids in the house. The middle ground solution is therefore the wall control; though not as convenient as the remote control, you will enjoy the convenience of always knowing where it is located (i.e. cant be misplaced). As can be seen, aesthetics though important, cannot be your only consideration when choosing ceiling fans. The purpose of the fan, size of your room, height of your ceiling and even choice of control type should all be taken into consideration too, especially if you want to choose a fan that is both beautiful and functional.
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