Guide to Fans

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Selecting the right fan

The right ceiling fan can make your living space far more comfortable. The key to getting the most for your money is to find a ceiling fan that is well-made, visually appealing and has a long life. The following guide will provide the information you need to find the best ceiling fans Sydney has to offer!

Fan Size: Before you look at gorgeous designs and extra features, you need to know what size ceiling fan will work in your living space. This is determined by the size of the room. A smaller area that measures 20 m² or less will need a fan with 122 cm blades. If the area is larger, up to approximately 36m², then you should look for ceiling fan models with 132 cm blades or bigger.

Noise: The last thing you want to do is install a noisy fan in a room where someone will be sleeping. If you are installing a ceiling fan in a bedroom or anywhere you prefer to have peace and quiet, then go with a timber blade model.  If noise isn’t a concern, like it may not be in the kitchen or living room, then a metal blade model may be suitable. The metal version is generally capable of moving more air because of the material and blade shape. This can produce more noise, which can be a distraction in quiet areas. It’s also very important that your electrician installs the fan correctly as incorrect installation can lead to a wobbley fan.

Blade Layout: Many of the best ceiling fans we supply come with different blade arrangements. Some are equipped with just 3 blades while others may have four or five.  This may look like a functionality-related concern, but it really isn’t. Choose the blade layout based on personal preference and visual appeal.

Lighting Needs: Will your ceiling fan be replacing a light fixture? If so, you will need to find a model that is equipped with lighting. The style and size will vary, so remember to account for the amount of light you need the ceiling fan to produce. Models that feature integrated lighting may also require the use of an extension rod if the fan sits over 3 m high. There should always be a minimum of 2.1 m between the blade surface and the floor.

Indoor or Outdoor: Not all fans are designed to be used outside. It’s important to check if the fan is weather resistant if you are installing it in an outdoor space (even though it is under a roof, it can still be exposed to the elements).

The Lighting Centre offers a free home advisory service. Call us on (02) 4626 7639 to book an appointment. We can also store your fans while you build.

 

Ceiling fan maintenance

5 Surefire Tips for Hassle Free Ceiling Fan Maintenance

Even the best ceiling fans need maintenance every now and again. Just like any other appliance or fixture in your home, the ceiling fan will last longer if it is properly cared for. The following 5 tips will help you get more use out of your ceiling fans.

Tip 1: Keep Those Screws Secure!

If your ceiling fan winds up with a loose screw, it could drive you crazy. Screws that do not rest snugly in place can produce annoying noises. This is one of the first things you can try to do if your silent ceiling fan starts making distracting noises. A screw that falls out can be even worse because it could cause a blade or other component to fall with it. For the sake of safety and sanity, remember to periodically check all the screws in your ceiling fan.

Tip 2: Brush, Vacuum or Wipe Dust Away Regularly

Dust is unpleasant and it can lower the air quality in your home. Fan blades are a notorious spot for dust to accumulate, especially if you don’t use the fan often during cooler seasons. Remember to regularly dust off the unit. This can be done with a soft cloth, vacuum cleaner or a specialised ceiling fan brush.

Tip 3: Watch for Blade Damage and Fix When Necessary

You wouldn’t think anything can touch your ceiling fan up there, but sometimes things happen. A child may throw a ball and hit a blade or something could cause the centre of the unit to rock, knocking the blade into the ceiling. Either way, remember to inspect the unit for damage and replace any broken or bent parts immediately. Not doing so promptly could shorten the life of your ceiling fan and become a danger to those in the room.

Tip 4: Deep Clean Ceiling Fans with Compressed Air

Even the best ceiling fans we have to offer can’t keep dust completely out. When you wipe down your fan, also consider cleaning any openings and crevasse with compressed air. You can also use an electric duster if you have one with a cord that will reach the ceiling.

Tip 5: Balance a Ceiling Fan that Wobbles

If your ceiling fan starts wobbling or shaking, you may need to balance it. This can be done with a balancing kit. Also check the blades to make sure they are not damaged. A bent or misshapen blade can cause the unit to shake.  If you don’t see any obvious damage, remove all the blades and stack them on top of one another to see if one doesn’t sit properly because of a subtle imperfection.

 

 

Lighting Buyers Guide

A ceiling fan with light is one of the best ways to make a room comfortable and well illuminated. The Lighting Centre carries a wide range of beautiful ceiling fan models. The hard part is choosing the design to match your space. There are a few factors that should be considered before you buy a new ceiling fan:

How Much Room Do You Have?

The size of the ceiling fan is very important. This will determine how much circulation the unit produces. A smaller fan may not be able to cool a large room while a large fan may be too big for a small room. We stock a number of sizes so you can find one best suited to your living space. Measure the room you plan to install in and bring that information with you when you browse ceiling fans.

What Is Your Preferred Décor Style?

You can get really creative with your ceiling fan choices, which is why it’s vital to know the look you are going for in a room. Consider what’s already in there and look for ceiling fans that match. There are some with exquisite metal and wood components that add classic elegance to the look. These are fabulous for traditional home décor but will look out of place in a modern setting.

It helps to have a photograph of the room on hand while you shop. If you don’t have a printed copy, just take one with your mobile phone so you can reference it while you’re browsing or speaking with a staff member.

Ceiling Fan Motors

The fan blades are the most frequently seen part of the unit, but the motor is the most important when it comes to functionality. A good motor will offer optimum power and last a long time. Of course a better motor will come with a higher cost, but you will get more out of the component which makes it worth the investment.

 

 

Advantages of Ceiling Fans Over Air Conditioners

Life down under can literally mean hell during its dry hot summer spells where temperatures can rise at an average of 30⁰C (86⁰F) in a fortnight. New Year usually heralds the anticipation of heat waves in the suburbs of Sydney. Most people ideally would have preferred air conditioners to cool them off during these times but with temperatures dropping to a comfortable average of 25⁰C by March, installing ceiling fans make more sense.

In Campbelltown, residents are probably under the grid and bear the brunt of high electric bills during the summer months where to cool down means spending more. Most houses here have plenty of spacious rooms that would require an air conditioner with higher horsepower to keep the heat out. The higher the horsepower, the more energy it will use up which makes The Lighting Centre’s ceiling fans far cheaper in the long run.

Ceiling Fan Tips

For those who want to keep heat out, especially during the summer, investing in ceiling fans is the way to go. Here are some reasons why it has an edge over air conditioners.

  • Hassle free installation. For people who rent out a place, major alterations to the property cannot be done without the permission of the property manager. That permission may be needed when installing an air conditioner as the ceiling has to be altered to accommodate the unit. With ceiling fans, the only impediment that may be encountered is positioning it so that it does not affect the light from the fixture in the ceiling. Tweaking it a bit will have the ceiling light morphed with the fan.
  • Versatility in any temperature. The large wide blades of the ceiling fans are like propellers that circulate air gently but en masse. This keeps any place relatively cool in the summer as the warm heat that rises is pushed down and cooler air moves up, especially when the upper edge leads the fan rotation. It can be in reverse during the cooler months when heat needs to be circulated to keep warm and comfy. Air conditioners rely on the efficiency of their blowers and the capacity of their horsepower to keep temperature coverage uniform in any room.
  • Affordable unit price. Ceiling fans are way cheaper compared to a single air conditioning unit. This allows buying in bulk and since these have less moving parts, they are less likely to breakdown. There are also different designs and upgrades that make it a more attractive option for homeowners instead of bulky air conditioners.
  • Ease of maintenance. Maintaining ceiling fans are far easier as they need regular dusting and some oiling now and then. When they do break down, it is easy to dispose of. When moving out, the ceiling fans come down easily. Try doing that with air conditioners. You will spend for air filters and repairs every month or so and you cannot just bring it along with you should you move out.
Make sure that there is sufficient after sales service especially if you do not have the DIY (do it yourself) dexterity needed to have the unit installed. In a progressive country like Australia where subsidies are provided for residents who opt for renewable sources of energy, such as abundant solar power, people who cannot afford to have solar panels yet should opt for ceiling fans from The Lighting Centre to keep energy consumption manageable and living temperatures bearable.

For more information about ceiling fans, or to discuss which fans suit your needs, please contact The Lighting Centre on (02) 4626 7639