The Ceiling Fan Guide: 10 Important Things To Consider

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The Ceiling Fan Guide: 10 Important Things To Consider
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In humid Singapore, you will be sweating buckets without an effective air-cooling system at home. Not only is a ceiling fan an effective way to cool your room, but it is the more energy-efficient way as well.

For comparison, an air-conditioner needs about 500 to 1000 watts of electricity to operate. A ceiling fan, however, only consumes about 50 to 60 watts. Think about the amount of money you can save on your utility bills!

If you are looking to get ceiling fans fitted for your home, we got wind of how to pick the right ones. Here are 10 things you should consider to make the installation easy breezy for you and your family:

The 10 Things To Consider:

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1. Set aside a realistic budget

A ceiling fan costs much more than a standing fan. With a budget,
you can determine how many fans you can afford. Don’t forget to factor
in the cost of the ceiling fan installation (varies from $50 to $90)!


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2. Room Factor

Decide where you need the ceiling fans as the locations will affect the sizes
and types of fans to be used. Since ceiling fans do not take up floor space, they are recommended in smaller rooms. A bigger room will need a ceiling fan with bigger and longer blades (or just add more fans!). If you are looking to install one in the balcony, it has to be able to withstand rain.


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3. Size matters

A larger room needs a larger fan with wider blades to keep the room cool. Common sense. The general guideline is as follows:

Room SizeBlaze Size
<= 80 square feet24″ to 42″
100 to 150 square feet44″ to 50″
150 to 300 square feet52″ to 60″
300 square feet =<62″ or 2 x fans

Also, regardless of the size of your room, HDB only allows ceiling fans that weigh no more than 35kg.


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4. Length of downrod matters too

Installing a ceiling fan too high or too low will cause inadequate
airflow or make the room/fan looks disproportionately small or large. For example, a low ceiling fan can create the illusion of a lower ceiling, thus a smaller room. The general guideline is as follows:

Floor-Ceiling HeightPole Length
<= 8 feetNo downrod
9 feet6″
10 feet12″
11 feet18″
12 feet24″
13 feet36″
14 feet48″
>= 15 feet60″

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5. Focus on CFM and not the number of blades

The more blades the better? Not anymore!

Today, with the advancements in technology, what actually matters is the measure for a fan’s airflow efficiency – CFM (cubic feet per minute).

Some award-winning fans may come with just three blades but are cleverly designed with winglets at the end of the blades to maximize the air circulation effect. Likewise, irregularly-shaped blades may not have a constant blade width, rake angle, or blade pitch, offering a more uniform airflow velocity while lessening the drag and noise.

As a rule of thumb, you should aim for a fan that can move 6,000 CFM or more air, consumes 30 watts or less, and have a fan efficiency of 200 CFM per watt or more.


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6. Decide if you need a ceiling fan with light

There are many ceiling fans in the market fitted with light – either already integrated into the fan design, or as an additional accessory. To save energy, you should always go with LED light bulbs.

Ceiling fans with light are recommended for small rooms because of the limited ceiling space left after a fan has been installed.


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7. Choose DC motor over AC motor

Ceiling fans with DC (direct current) motor use up to 70% less energy compared to those with AC (alternating current) motors. Obviously, DC fans come with a higher price tag, but the long term energy savings make them worth every penny!


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8. Buy ceiling fans with the SAFETY Mark

When buying home electronics, it is paramount to keep safety in mind. Protect your family by only purchasing products carrying the SAFETY Mark and avoid buying from overseas online-retailers.

In Singapore, it is illegal for retailers to sell ceiling fans without the SAFETY mark as they are controlled goods that have to be tested, to ensure that they meet the safety standards set out by SPRING.

For ceiling fans, these are tested:

  1. Suspension must have adequate strength to withstand mechanical stresses from daily use.
  2. Screws, bolts and nuts connecting the suspension system must not come loose.
  3. Moving parts must not cause undue stress to electrical connections.

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9. Noise Factor

No one likes a noisy fan whirring above your head. While most modern ceiling fans emit a tolerable amount of noise thanks to their aerodynamic profiles, there are however still some cheap models out there that are much nosier.

Always test the model you are about to buy to find out if the noise it produced is acceptable. For rooms where silence is needed, such as bedrooms and study rooms, it makes sense to pay more for quiet fans. Your sanity will thank you too, trust us!

Alternatively, do a bit of research on some of the quietest ceiling fans on the market and then pick the model that best fits your budget and performance needs.


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10. Keep your home style in mind

Ceiling fans used to get a bad rap on the style front. Today, they are smarter and sleeker than ever. Like any piece of furniture, they come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Installing the right fan can make or break the look of your room. For example, a wooden ceiling fan might stick out like a sore thumb when the surrounding is furnished with sleek, modern furniture, or it could feel right at home in a resort-themed room. When in doubt, consult with your interior designer.


We hope this article gives you a better idea of what to look out for when buying ceiling fans. Know of other useful tips? Share with your community by leaving us a comment below!


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