Installing ceiling fans is coming back into vogue! Back in the 90s and early 2000s, ceiling fans were considered to be the standard cooling option in most homes. Gradually ceiling fans were phased out of modern homes and replaced with air conditioning as the standard cooling option.
This was due to a few reasons:
- There was no design choice – They were either white or black and in a couple of styles
- They were noisy
- They had limited speed settings
- They were not aesthetically pleasing
- Air Conditioning systems became cheaper over time
- Air conditioning options became more effective and cheaper to run over time.
However, all was not lost for ceiling fans as newer designs, colour choices, lighting options and different material options are now available.
They are also now making some design trends more cohesive such as an industrial look when teamed with stainless steel fans and exposed roof beams or a tropical vibe when you team up a wide wooden blade
The Benefits That Ceiling Fans Offer
Homeowners are starting to realize the benefits of having a ceiling fan, which include:
- Low cost to install and run
- Improves the airflow without drying out the air
- Can be left on day and night
- Can be used inside and outside
- Keeps bugs at bay when used outside
The only negatives about ceiling fans, when compared to air conditioning, are:
- They don’t actually create cool air. They circulate air and this air as it hits warmed skin has a cooling effect
- You have to be in direct airflow to feel the benefits of a ceiling fan
- You cannot control the temperature
- You will need several fans to cover a large room.
Are Ceiling Fans Cheap To Run?
A split system air conditioner to costs around 33c-40c an hour to run. If you had it running 8 eight hours a day, for the month of January, you could expect that unit to cost nearly $100 in electricity usage alone plus add in the installation cost by a licensed electrician, and ongoing air con cleaning and maintenance costs and unit costs also add to this total.
Ducted Air conditioning is more expensive, running anywhere from $1.48 to $1.94 an hour.
Plus add the installation and ongoing maintenance costs
Split systems can set you back from $500-$2,000+ in price plus the labour installation cost, and then the ongoing maintenance and new filters and cleaning costs
When installing air conditioning, you’ll have to weigh up whether the cost to benefit ratio is worth it.
A ceiling fan can cost as little as 2c per hour to run, which makes them an affordable cooling option. This allows you to run them for longer, and at less cost than an air conditioner. A ceiling fan can cost 20 times less to run than a split system air conditioner.
The price of a fan can start at $60 with an additional 1 to 2 hours of labour to install it.
There are no ongoing electrical maintenance costs and a fan should last for at least 10 years.
Install a Ceiling Fan Outside
Our love for living as much as possible outdoors means that we also want cooling options outside.
More and more patio and deck areas are having outdoor ceiling fans installed.
Newer fans are now entirely plastic which stops corrosion from happening.
A fan moving air around under a patio makes it a comfortable place to spend time in summer
The airflow from a fan is also a deterrent for bugs such as fly’s, mozzies and the dreaded midges
You will need to ensure that your roof is high enough for a fan to be installed and you may need several fans to cover a whole area.
Installing a Ceiling Fan With a Light
Ceiling fans can be dual purpose in a room that needs extra light as they can come in a variety of lighting options and they are sleek and modern designs. They are no longer the ugly glass light fittings from the ’80s. They also have cool and energy-efficient globes
With the latest innovations in technology, ceiling fans with an led light are quickly becoming the standard choice. A ceiling fan with a remote allows the convenience of controlling the ceiling fan or the light at any location within the remote control’s range.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan
However, ceiling fans aren’t just a one-season wonder. You can also reverse them during the winter, which forces warm air down from the ceiling, helping you make the most of your heating costs. By using your ceiling fan in winter mode, this reverses the direction of the fan, blowing towards the ceiling, circulating warm air at the top of the room throughout the room without creating a draft on the occupants.
DC ceiling fans can go up to seven speeds including reverse.
Reverse air drives warm air downwards and this helps in the cooler months to push warm air down.
If your fan can’t go in reverse, you may find one of the slowest normal speeds works well for you in winter by driving warm air down from the ceiling without creating a significant draft effect.
Reversible motor allows you to change the direction of your fan from downdraft mode during the summer to updraft mode during the winter. Reversible motor allows you to change the direction of your fan from downdraft mode during the summer to updraft mode during the winter.
Ceiling Fans Are A Great ECO choice
Fans are the cheapest cooling option to run and have the lowest greenhouse impact; air conditioners are expensive to run require ongoing servicing and maintenance and produce more greenhouse gas.
Make fans your first choice for mechanical cooling — they are the cheapest to run and have the lowest greenhouse impact plus they need no ongoing care except a wipe down when they get dusty
Call us today to get your ceiling fans installed or upgraded today by Brisbane Electricians