Unless you are veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from the Vietnam war and you get flashbacks every time you hear the unique “whomp whomp whomp” sound of the Huey helicopter or from the very sight of propellers above your head, I see no other reason why you shouldn’t get a ceiling fan for your home.
Ceiling fans are a product of the industrial revolution and it is still one of the most charming and practical home solutions for cooling, heating, and lighting. Although some people think that ceiling fans with lights are old fashioned, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Ceiling fans are now actually more popular than ever. Charm and aesthetics are certainly a big factor for this. A lot of people simply enjoy the steady, quiet rotation of the blades for its soothing effect. However, what is even more important is the practical side of ceiling fans with lights. Ceiling fans do a great job at making the room more comfortable and keeping the energy bills low. They do this by forcing the warm air downwards during the winter and creating pleasant breezes in the summer. By doing this, ceiling fans decrease the energy demands of your heating and air-conditioning systems and yet the operating costs are practically insignificant.
Basically, during the summer, combining the ceiling fan and your air conditioner will allow you to set the thermostat slightly higher without any noticeable difference in comfort. So the breeze from the fan will make a 26 degrees room feel more like 22 degrees. This can save you up to 30% on your air conditioning bill depending on where you live.
During the winter, on the other hand, a ceiling fan will continuously circulate warm air that naturally rises and is trapped at the ceiling due to the laws of physics. By bringing the warm air down into your living space you can save up on your heating bills.
Although, today’s ceiling fans work on the same principle as their ancestors, they have taken a significant step up in terms of design, materials, controls, functions, and so on. You can now find fans in different sizes, shapes,styles, fans with lights, and all sorts of other features.
Most fans are mounted on the ceiling where the light fixture used to stand. Often the light switch is replaced with a controller that allows different fan speeds and light settings in the case of fans with lights. But, there are also models that can be controlled by a pull chain or a remote control.
Fans usually have from three up to five blades, four being the traditional number. However, the number of the blades does not affect performance that much, but they do affect the cost. The length of the blades, on the other hand, affects the amount of air the fan can move. As far as the materials are concerned, you can find blades made from different types of wood, with different finishes and you should choose according to your home design.