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We’ve been selling ceiling fans for a long time now and at Fantasia we really enjoy looking at the new technology coming through and seeing how we can implement it in our latest ceiling fan designs.
However, whenever we talk to potential customers who are in the early stages of considering a ceiling fan they have a very different view.
They always consider the typical ceiling fan to be a rickety old thing that keeps you awake at night. Possibly something like the one below.
Well we’re here to change peoples’ minds, to tell them that a Ceiling Fan doesn’t have to be Polished Brass and Rattan (although it can be if you want!), that is doesn’t have to rattle ‘n’ roll, that it shouldn’t sound like a hamster in a rusty wheel.
It’s a slow process but hopefully some of our designs will help convince people.
Take the ceiling Fan below for example. It’s a fairly basic Fantasia Ceiling Fan in terms of operation but it’s whisper quiet and powerful too. Best of all It’s Matt Black and really stealthy (made the last bit up, the stealthy bit not the Matt Black bit. It is Matt Black)
Of course if you want to take it up a level then how about the Viper Plus now available in Pewter (Mirror Black). It’s fully remote controlled including remote reverse, is one of the biggest air movers we make and it looks the business. A whole world away from Polished Brass and Rattan.
So hopefully this will convince any undecideds out there that Ceiling Fans can find a home in very modern houses as well as being extremely useful and efficient.
And if it hasn’t, or if you happen to like Polished Brass and Rattan, then may we present our version below:
Ok, so there’s no rattan in that picture but if you flip the blades over you will find some. Promise.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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One thing that stood out was the following paragraph:
- Install energy efficient ceiling fans and run them on hot days. If it’s just a little too warm for comfort, use the ceiling fan without air conditioning. If it’s hot enough to require air conditioning, using the ceiling fans at the same time allows you to raise the temperature setting by five degrees, which will reduce your costs. Use the ceiling fan only when you’re in the room, because running the fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature. The moving air increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off
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