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We are very please to announced the planned arrival of the Aero Fan in August 2016.
The Aero marks yet another step forward in Fantasia’s desire to push Ceiling Fan technology forward. It’s our best air mover ever at a MASSIVE 8000 cu/ft per minute. If you are looking for serious ventilation then this is the ceiling fan for you.
The Aero Fan is fitted with a low energy DC motor. Using only 5w of power on low speed it is an extremely efficient way of ventilating a room.
Aero comes complete with a full remote control system to operate the 3 speeds and the light on/off.
The Light fitting on Aero is also state-of-the-art. It’s an 18w (approx 80w equivalent incandescent) warm white LED light, this can be swapped for a cover plate if the light is not required.
The full tech spec is below:
- Light: 18w LED Warm White
- Operation: Remote Control
- Net Weight: 8.5kg
- Rod Length: 6″/150cm
- Mounting: Drop Mount Only
- Airflow: 8000 cu/ft per min
- Power Consumption on High Speed: 41w
Product Code – 117131
RRP: £570 inc VAT
Available: August 2016
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Ok, so this has the potential to be the most boring blog in the history of the internet so we’ll try and keep it interesting.
Firstly, the usual disclaimer. When it comes to electrics, safety is most important. There are only certain things you are allowed to do yourselves and If you are not experienced or confident with electrical work then we would recommend getting a Part P registered electrician to do it for you. All of the information offered in this blog is for information only, it should be taken only as a guide and Fantasia Dist Ltd cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by using this guide. Always make sure the power is isolated at least 30 minutes before commencing any electrical work.
Now some good news!
If you are replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan then you are able (If you want to) to do this yourself. It’s the same rule that covers replacing a 13amp plug socket. It’s fairly straightforward to replace a light fitting with a ceiling fan but we would always recommend taking a photo of the old light fitting wiring before removing the light fitting. This way you should be able to identify which wires are which.
Now, once you have taken the old light fitting down you may well be presented with something like the below. Bear in mind these are the older wiring colours. If your house was rewired after 2004 then your wires may have been changed to the harmonized version (see the picture at the end of the blog).
The Red wires are permanent live, the Black wires are neutral and the black wire with the red sleeve (left hand side) is the switched live (From the switch on the wall). Below are the wires you can expect to see coming from a basic ceiling fan & Light.
Additionally the Ceiling Fan & Light will probably have individual pull switched on them like the one in the picture below
The more basic style of ceiling fan such as the one below has two pull switches. This means that you can wire the fan to the permanent live and still have switch control.
With all this new-found knowledge we can now wire the fan up to operate. The way we would recommend doing this is so that the ceiling fan is operational evening when the wall light switch is off (so you can use the fan at night with the light switched off at the wall). To do this you need to wire:
- Light on Fan Live (Orange) TO Switched Live (Black with Red Sleeve or Brown with Blue Sleeve)
- Ceiling Fan Live (Brown) TO Permanent Live (Group of Red or Group of Brown)
- Neutral (Blue) TO Neutral (Black or Blue)
- Earth TO Earth (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust)
Ensure the Earth is connected up, this is a safety feature and safety is most important.
If you only have a Switched Live and no permanent live then the Live from the fan AND the Live from the light will both need to connect to your switched live BUT this will mean than both the fan and light will only work when the wall switch is in the ON position.
Equally, if you only have a permanent live at ceiling level then you can connect both the Live from the fan and the live from the light to the permanent live and operate both independently on the pull cords on the fan itself
Some fans have a remote control handset and receiver. This actually makes things easier as the remote receiver splits the lives so you only need one live input. We would recommend using the switched live to power the remote receiver. This means that, in the unlikely event of a remote receiver failure, you can switch off power to the unit at the wall switch.
As mentioned earlier, in 2004, and just to make your life more complicated, wiring code in the UK was ‘Harmonized’. See the illustration below. This means that all appliances that need wiring in will also have the new harmonized colour coding
We hope this helps and thanks for reading.
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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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Here’s an example of the one of the questions we get asked about fitting ceiling fans.
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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The Splash Fan is a great additon to the Elite range. It’s fully remote controlled with a fantastic modern look. The Splash has 7 x 1w LED lights making it very efficient. 36″ in blade span it is ideal for the smaller room, particularly bedrooms or lounges.
Check oy the Fantasia Website for more information on the Splash and where to buy!
Measuring up for a Fantasia ceiling fan installation may seem complicated. Follow the easy guide below and you won’t go wrong.