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5 Reasons Why Ceiling Fans Are Better Than AC

Cost of Running

Ever wondered why the owner of a rental property in Spain will charge you an extra 25 Euros a day to have the AC on? An average air-conditioning unit will consume 2000-3000 watts of electricity when in use. It’s understandable really, it takes a lot of energy to reduce that 30 degree heat down to a more comfortable 18-19 degrees. However a ceiling fan has science on its side and is a bit cleverer than throwing a load of energy at the problem.

A ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool the room down you see, it just makes the air move past your skin a bit quicker. This means that there are more air molecules moving past your skin and each one is able to take a bit of heat away. It’s a combination of conduction and convection. It’s a much less energy intensive way of staying cool and will mean than you can sleep all night without an air-conditioning unit rumbling away in the background.

So how much energy does a ceiling fan use? Anywhere from 3 to 75 watts depending on sizes and motor design.

The Healthy Option

Many AC units are 2 part units. This means that they have a fan hanging out side on the wall dragging in air. Pipes then carry this air to the other part of the unit which blows it into the room to be cooled. The outside unit can become dirty and the long pipes are difficult to clean. This means that any air coming in from the outside can easily be contaminated along the way.

Can a Ceiling Fan contaminate the air? NO

No Ugly Box

This one’s pretty straight-forward. If you have a ceiling fan then you don’t need to have an ugly box on you wall. Our ceiling fans are decorative meaning that they look nice even when turned off.

Easy Installation

A ceiling fan can be assembled and mounted within about an hour. If it’s replacing an existing light fitting and you are confident you don’t even need to pay an electrician to come an install it. Air-conditioning usually needs to be fitted and maintained by a specialist AC company.

Very Little Maintenance

As mentioned above, AC maintenance usually needs to be carried out but a specialist company and can be costly. A Fantasia ceiling fan may need the blade screws tightening up once a year but other than that they are maintenance free

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Ceiling Fan Question Time 6 – Wiring

Fantasia Ceiling Fan WiringI’m afraid I have to preface this blog entry with the usual disclaimer that before starting any electrical work you should ensure you have ‘all pole disconnection’ from the unit you are working on. I should also say that if you are unsure about anything  to do with wiring and electrical work in general then consult a qualified electrician.

I’m not saying this because connecting a ceiling fan to a lighting circuit is difficult, it’s not, it’s just that when someone does something stupid then they tend to want to blame someone else. All I’m saying is that if you are that sort of person then don’t use this guide. Fantasia Ceiling Fans won’t be responsible for any loss, damage or anything else resulting from this blog entry.

Right, now down to the questions you may have :

Q. Does a Fantasia Ceiling Fan use the standard lighting circuit?

A. Yes

 

Q. Do I need to run the fan from a fused spur?

A. That would be recommended but not essential

 

Q. Can I control the fan and light separately?

A. This is a question that always makes me laugh. Do you really think that you could only have the light on when the fan is on and vice versa? Do you think that would be a good product? No it wouldn’t and therefore all Fantasia Fans have independently controllable fan and light functions.

 

Q. Can I control the fan from the permanent live and the light from the switched live

A. Yes, this is an option and some people do it but we prefer to only use the switched live for isolation purposes.

 

Q. Are fan lights dimmable

A. If the fan comes with a remote control or wall control then the answer is yes. If the fan light just has a pull cord then the light will just have on/off functionality.

 

More tech help is available on our website or by phone on 01959 564440

Ceiling Fan Question Time 5 – Blade Options

Q. Is it possible to change the blades on a ceiling fan. I want to order the Pewter Viper but would prefer the Silver Blade Option

A. Yes this is perfectly possible. One of the many excellent features of a Fantasia fan is that you can change the blades within the range. This means that you could have white blades on a Chrome Mayfair or gloss black blades on a White Mayfair if you wish.

For a full run-down of which blades are available for which fan please see below. If you need more information then call our sales office on 01959 564440. Click on the image below to get a larger version or click here to have a paper catalogue posted to you.

Fantasia Blade Options

Fantasia Blade Options

 

Ceiling Fan Question Time 4

More of your ceiling fan questions answered
 
I’m considering which control system is best for my ceiling fan. What is the advantage of a remote control?
 
A good question. Some Fantasia fans come complete with a remote control system others come with a pull cord control system and can have a remote control added. A standard Fantasia remote control system operates the 3 speeds (high, medium & low) on the fan and also controls the light. The main advantage is that it means you don’t have to get up to change the speed of the fan but additionally a remote control also gives you a light dimming function. A pull cord operated ceiling fan can only have the light on or off, the remote receiver allows you to dim the light to any level you like.
 
The fantasia range of low energy fans comes complete with a remote control system. Low energy ceiling fans use a DC motor and this brings even more advantages to the remote control system. Firstly, the low energy fan has 6 speeds in forward and 6 in reverse. Secondly, the reverse function is built into the remote handset meaning no manual switching. Thirdly, many of the low energy range have a ‘pulse’ function meaning you can create a natural breeze in your home as the fan automatically alternates between speeds. As you can see, a remote control is often a convenient option but can also add functionality to your ceiling fan.
 
Fantasia Remote Control

A Standard Fantasia Remote Control System

More more useful information have a look at our website

If you have more questions then call us on 01959 564440

 

Fantasia Ceiling Fans – Question Time 3

Another ceiling fan question answered.

Q. I know that you recommend that ceiling fans are fitted to a ceiling joist. I have just had a new conservatory fitted and I now want to install my Fantasia Fan. The ridge section of my conservatory is Aluminum covered with white plastic. What’s the best way to fit a ceiling fan?
 
 
A. A lot of Fantasia Fans are purchased for fitting in a conservatory as they are ideal for that environment. However, a conservatory ridge section is a complicated thing (see slideshow below). In many cases you will need more than 2 fixings to make it secure. For this reason Fantasia has developed the Big Strip Fastener (see slideshow below) in order to allow for many more fixing with self tapping screws. If you are having a new conservatory fitted than ask you’re installer if you need a Big Strip Fastener. If you need any other technical advice then don’t hesitate to call us on 01959 564440 or check out our technical section on our website www.fantasaiceilingfans.com
 

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Ceiling Fan Question Time 2

Fantasia Delta 114352

A Low Energy Fan from Fantasia

Does the Fantasia Low Energy range of ceiling fans have any other benefits apart from saving power?

The Fantasia range of low energy ceiling fans (Alpha, Delta, Omega) have a number of benefits. As mentioned, these ceiling fans use less power than traditional fans. This is because they have DC (rather than AC) motors which use approximately 60% less power. However, installing a DC motor in a ceiling fan brings added benefit in terms of control. A standard Fantasia ceiling fan has 3 forward and 3 reverse speeds, the low energy range of ceiling fans operates with 6 speeds in forward and 6 in reverse. This means much more control over the level of breeze you require. Also the reverse function of the fan is on the remote control handset rather than on the ceiling fan motor itself.

Natural Breeze – Added to the speed features is a new function called ‘natural breeze’. This setting on the remote control make the fan pulse, speeding up & then slowing down to create a natural breeze effect.

As you can see, the low energy range of ceiling fans from Fantasia does a lot more than conserve power.

Learn more here