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Fitting a Ceiling Fan in a Conservatory – Dos and Don’ts

Things to consider when fitting a ceiling fan in a conservatory

Conservatories make a great addition to many houses. It’s room that stays warm in Winter but in Summer it can get very hot. The addition of a ceiling fan can make a glass room usable all year round. However you need to make sure you follow a few guidelines to get the most appropriate ceiling fan for your conservatory.

Photo - Farrow & Ball

Photo – Farrow & Ball

DO

Consider the size of ceiling fan. The heat build-up in a conservatory can be extreme so we always recommend fitting the largest ceiling fan that you can. Generally a smaller ceiling fan (36″/92cm span) is not adequate to deal with the heat in all but the smallest conservatories. At Fantasia we recommend fitting a minimum of a 42″/107cm span ceiling fan and larger if you can.

DO

Think about the length of drop rod required. In almost all cases a conservatory ceiling fan will need to be drop mount. By this we mean a ceiling fan that has a drop rod installed rather than a flush mounted fan. Generally an 18″/46cm length rod is advisable. Fantasia rods can be cut down to size if required.

DO

Think about clearances. A Ceiling Fan will only be effective if the tips of the blades are clear of any obstacle. When you a measuring for a ceiling fan you will need to add 20cm to each end of the span (and also all around the blade) to allow proper air movement. Some conservatories have structural tie bars. These and also the slope of the pitched roof need to be taken into account when allowing space for the fan blades to spin.

DON’T

Fit your fan to any old bit of decorative plastic you feel like. Yes, we have seen it done! Ceiling Fans aren’t that heavy but the guideline is that the fixing should be able to take 4 times the weight of the fan. Most ceiling fans weight less than 10kg so the fixing will need to be able to support 40kg. In most cases it is worth talking to the conservatory manufacturer or installed to decide in the best place to fit the fan. If it is a UPVC conservatory then make sure the fixing screws are long enough the penetrate the plastic and also the structural aluminium underneath. To help with fixing a ceiling fan to a conservatory ridge Fantasia produce a Big Strip Fastener. This provides extra fixing holes and can be very useful.

DON’T

Use the fixing screws that some with the ceiling fan. All Fantasia ceiling fans are supplied with wood screws to fit the fixing bracket. It is not advisable to use these to fit a conservatory ceiling fan. Use self tapping screws instead.

Obviously we would prefer you to purchase a Fantasia Ceiling Fan but actually these guidelines will apply to most ceiling fans fitted in a conservatory.

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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 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

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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 1

Here’s an example of the one of the questions we get asked about fitting ceiling fans.

I’ve got a conservatory and need to fit a ceiling fan. Unfortunately there are structural tie bars running the width of the conservatory. What are the implications for fitting a ceiling fan?”

Conservatories often have tie bars included to keep the structure square. They can get in the way though when fitting ceiling fans. There are 2 things to remember when dealing with tie bars – Support & Ventilation . Firstly don’t ever attempt to attach a ceiling fan to a tie bar directly (yes, we have seen it attempted!). Tie bars are not designed to take any vertical load at all. Secondly, make sure that you ceiling fan has good clearance from the tie bars. The blade tips must be at least 8 inches (24cm) from the tie bar or any other part of the conservatory. If the blade tips are too close to the tie bars then you will feel no downdraft from the fan at all.

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Something wrong with your ceiling fan?

Technical Support

Why not have a look at the new technical support section of our website. There you’ll find everything from how to reset your remote control to how to get the shade off your Viper ceiling fan.

 If you still can’t find what you need then give us a call on 01959 564440.

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