Ceiling fans are a piece of technology that we use in our homes almost daily, but we never give it much thought.When we do consider it, though, it’s easy to realize how we take this fantastic device for granted.
Ceiling fans keep us cool in the summer, but I was surprised to learn that they can even keep us warmer in the winter! This can be done by just reversing the direction the fan is spinning, and instead of pushing cold air into the room, it’ll suck warm air out! To better understand this technology, I’ve taken a closer look at how my favorite brand, Allen & Roth, compose their ceiling fans.
Motor of the Fan
Taking a quick look at the diagram on the left, you can see that the motor is housed in the big, circular piece right below where the fan is mounted to the ceiling.
It is made to last the longest since obviously, it is the most important since the fan can’t run when it doesn’t. Unfortunately for us, if it does malfunction, it is the most expensive part of the fan to replace. This is one of the more practical reasons that I prefer Allen & Roth; they make their motors durable, so they last, saving my wife and myself money in the long run.
This is probably the part of the fan that we all know the most about, but there is more to these blades than just simply spinning and pushing air around.
The length and material of the blades are important to know as well. If you know the effect these have, you can better select the ceiling fan that is better for your home. First of all, we all are aware that most fans have around 3 to 5 blades, with 4 being the average amount. The length and diameter of the blade will determine how much air it can circulate at once. The usual diameter of most fans, or length across the circle the fan rotates in, is one of three sizes: 36 inches, forty-two inches, or fifty-two inches, although there can be differences.
Next, you should consider what your fan blades are made of. There is a variety of options, from metal to wood and even special blades with fabric cloths over them to help keep dust in the air to a minimum. Part of this is practicality and part of this is preference. For example, using a removable fabric cover on your fan to collect dust will keep your air cleaner and help minimize the time you spend with a duster. On the other hand, something such as the choice of what kind of wood finish to use is completely up to you- that’s all in your opinion!
So, this is the part of the fan that makes sure your ceiling fan stays in place rather than on your living room floor ten minutes after installation. While there are a variety of types and designs to these, the common term for all of them is “mounting bracket”. The design comes down usually to match the design of the fan. While this piece is extremely important… if something happens, don’t panic. Unlike the motor and its housing, this piece of the fan will be relatively easy and inexpensive to replace.
Also known as the thing your tallest family member gets hit in the head with walking through the room, the chain switch is the cord you can pull to turn the light or fan on and off. This is a less than important part of the fan and a lot of people even choose to remove it. This is because most people find it easier and more practical to just use the wall switch to turn the light on and off.
Some ceiling fans also have remote controls. Needless to say that a remote control is a very convenient feature! If you are curious to know more – or looking for a remote replacement – you should check out my post about Allen and Roth ceiling fan remotes.
So, that’s the ins and outs of how your ceiling fans work. Now, there are plenty of options on what kind of ceiling fans you buy when you’re doing your own home renovations, but I personally suggest Allen & Roth’s fans. They are a brand I personally use in my own home because I trust their products not to fail or malfunction, costing me more money than I planned for the new addition to my home.
Hope you found my post about Allen Roth Ceiling Fan parts useful! Let me know in comments.