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Not feeling a cool breeze from your ceiling fan? You’re probably thinking something surely has to be wrong with the fan? The answer may be simple. I’ll go ahead and outline some issues that can cause your ceiling fan to not blow air down like you would expect.Visit our fan troubleshooting guide if you are having bigger problems like wobbling and weird noises.The simple answer, and hopefully the solution to your problem is by simply reversing the fans direction (if applicable) to counterclockwise. Other causes could be that the fan is too small for the room, or is not installed with the proper downrod.Ceiling Fan Direction for that Cool BreezeIf your ceiling fan has a reversing functionality. You’ll want to utilize this feature when the seasons change. Clockwise for winter, which pulls air up and will distribute the warmer air stuck at the ceiling back down to where it is much better served.For spring and summer, you’ll want to hit the reversing switch and go counterclockwise. This allows the blades to push air down and give the chilling effect that you are used to.My Fan Still Doesn’t Feel Like it’s Blowing Air DownThere’s a few other factors that will play into this. Fan size, room size, fan height, fan speed (CFM) all play a role in the air in is able to move. If one of these is off, it will reduce its ability to function efficiently.Let’s take a closer look at these factors.Fan SizeFirst, find out how large your room is. You’ll want to find the square footage of the room by measuring down one wall and up the next. It’s a simple equation, length x width = square feet. Now it’s time to measure your fan. For fans with odd number of blades, measure from the center of the fan to the tip of the blade and multiply that by 2. For fans with an even number of blades, measure across from the tip of one blade, straight across to the tip of another. This gives you the fans size as measure by the manufacturer.Use the guide below to see if your fan is the right size for your room:ROOM SIZEFAN SIZELess than 75 sq. ft.28-26 inch fan76-145 sq. ft.36-44 inch fan146-225 sq. ft.44-54 inch fan226-400 sq. ft.50-72 inch fan400+ sq. ft.more than one fan install of 54-72inchesFan HeightIf your fan is too close to the ceiling, you’ll limit its ability to move air, if it’s too low, your tall friends could be in for a bad day. In fact, building codes require that a minimum of 7 feet of clearance from the floor is maintained.Fan height can be modified by downrods. These downrods can be added to pretty much any fan, before or after installation. If your setup is currently incorrect, it’s a much easier and cheaper fix.Most common room ceiling heights are between 8 and 9 feet. The simple setup for these heights is no downrod or a 3-inch for an 8ft ceiling and a 3-6 inch downrod for 9 foot ceilings. For 10 foot ceiling and higher, you’ll want to get a downrod that’s 1-3 feet in length. I would use that as a sliding scale depending on your ceiling height (don’t get a 3 foot downrod for a 10 foot ceiling!)Fan CFM RatingCFM (cubic feet/minute) is a measure of how much air is moved. All ceiling fans come with a CFM rating and you should pay attention to these numbers. Too low a CFM rating and you won’t feel any air movement, to high and it’ll look like a tornado blew through. Follow this simple table for best practice CFM ratingsROOM SIZE (square feet)CFM ratingUnder 1451,000-3,000145-2251,500-4,500225-4002,500-6,500400+5,500-13,500Summing it all up.Now that we’ve shown how to size up your fan. You should have a good grasp on what needs adjusted if you haven’t been feeling the breeze this summer. We recommend going with the most simple fixes first, and work your way into other options if need be.Leave a comment below and let us know how you fixed your summertime ceiling fan troubles!
So you want to connect your ceiling fan remote to an app or maybe you’re in the planning phase of a smart home system where all your lights, fans, and other connected devices are controllable from a phone or tablet.Ceiling fans and a lot of other fixtures in your home were not made with this in mind. The home automation world is still quite fragmented, meaning you’ll need to do extensive planning to ensure the systems and programs you decide to purchase will play nicely together.Why a Smart Fan?Smart thermostats like the Nest have been a huge hit in the home automation market. Just like most things in life, you don’t know how good it is or how much you like something until you have tried it. We think smart fans will fall into this feeling as well.A more practical reason to turn a fan into a smart fan is that you can turn your old pull chain controlled fan into a fan that is now run off your phone. So when you lay in bed or sit on the couch and realize the fan needs to be adjusted or the light needs to go on or off, you don’t need to get up anymore to change it. What are my options?Recently some fans have it the market that is capable of being controlled by a phone or through Siri/Alexa. Hunter has introduced a line of smart fans that are HomeKit enabled. While a company called Haiku is taking design and functionality to the next level. Haiku fans are built with a Wi-Fi receiver inside and can turn on automatically with motion or as the temperature rises. Keep reading to see our review and comparison of these fans.There is also a more DIY method which involves getting 3rd party products. Some of the top products in this space are the Insteon FanLinc, BOND smart fan controller, and GE Z-Wave switches. DIY options are great as you take take pretty much any fan and make it a smart one. There is some additional setup and technical knowledge involved however.Smart Ceiling Fans Out of the Box Hunter Ceiling Fans with Apple HomeKitIf you’re an Apple user you can purchase a HomeKit enabled Hunter fan that will connect to your HomeKit app out of the box. Not an Apple user? No problem! This fan will also work with Amazon Alexa and other home automation devices thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi. There are three fans from Hunter that are enabled with this technology so you should be able to find one that fits your intended look and budget. [amazon box="B01BMFW3BK"] Haiku ceiling fans – Amazon Alexa enabledHaiku has received over 75 design awards for their smart ceiling fans. They are absolutely killing it in design and functionality and are receiving great reviews from their customers.The L series fans come in 6 different finish combinations, are Energy Star certified by a mile (they claim they exceed requirements by 450%) and have 16 brightness levels from its stylish LED lighting. Its sound tested motor and chain free design make it one of the quieter ceiling fans on the market today.Haiku fans are controlled by IR remote, a free mobile app, and Amazon Alexa if you have one.[amazon box="B01K8S7OUW"] Best smart devices to make your existing ceiling fan a smart oneThere are a few different options here depending on what you’re trying to get from your fan. Out of the four options, we have listed below, you should be able to find something that fits your needs. If you have an Amazon Alexa, your options are plentiful!FanSync by FanimationDeveloped by Fanimation, FanSync works by installing a FanSync Bluetooth receiver in any AC motor, 3 speed fan. By installing the FanSync app on your Apple or Android device, you can fully control all fan functions. It is to note that you’ll need to hard wire the receiver into the fan itself which will take some technical knowledge and skills.You can download the FanSync app below.For AppleFor AndroidYou will also need the FanSync receiver which you can purchase on Amazon. Bond Smart Ceiling Fan ControllerThe BOND controller works are replicating the IR or RF frequency from any remote and replicate that signal via the BOND controller. Since the controller is Wi-FI enabled, you can control up to 6 fans from your phone, tablet, Alexa, Google Home and more.BOND states that it can also integrate with Wi-FI connected thermostats such as the Nest, Honeywell, and other smart thermostats. This will allow the thermostat to turn the fan on once a temperature reaches a certain point. Very clever![amazon box="B071GVGVVH"] GE Z-Wave SwitchesLooking for a more discreet option to control your ceiling fan? The GE Z-wave in-wall switches are a fantastic way to accomplish this. Z-Wave switches are installed within existing switch boxes. This means that you’ll have a standard looking install when finished. Be aware that you’ll need to wire to wire these inside the box, so be sure to follow safe procedures when installing.Be aware that this switch only controls the fan and fan speeds. You’ll need a separate switch to run the lights, if applicable. There’s plenty of options when buying Z-Wave switches, for instance, you can install a switch for the lights with motion detection if you wish.Out of the box, Z-Wave switches are compatible with the following Z-Wave certified hubs: SmartThings, Pulse, Trane, Nexia, Honeywell, Homeseer, Smart Security, Harmony Home Hub Extender, Vera, Connect and Iris.[amazon box="B06XTKQTTV"] Insteon FanLinc Ceiling Fan and Light ControllerThis controller is part of a broader spectrum of home automation. You’ll need an Insteon Hub to get this working on your phone or Alexa. The Insteon Hub will control a wide variety of things including lights, fans, cameras, thermostats and more.We recommend this method to more smart home savvy users as it’s not plugged and play. You’ll need to wire the controller into the ceilings fan canopy and as mentioned earlier, you’ll need a smart hub to control it. We do recommend doing further research before making your purchase here as it will take a little planning to get it set up.
Photo Credit: completehomespa.comThere are a number of challenges people face when looking for how to remove ceiling fan light cover, especially when they decide to do it by themselves. This article will mention the materials you need to perform this task, how to handle the metal fastener on the cover, how to ensure that all screws are protected, and re-installing the ceiling fan light cover.Step by step guide on removing ceiling fan light cover Regardless of whether you are performing a home remodeling or you just want to replace a ceiling fan light cover, you may need to perform some maintenance or simply replace your light bulb, hence you need to know how to remove the light cover safely and securely without damaging anything. Sometimes, you may need to clean the light cover from the inside, and not necessarily replace the bulb. While some people will seek professional help in removing light covers, this shouldn’t be necessary if you can follow some simple steps.There are numerous kinds of ceiling fan light covers, these include popular brands like Harbor Breeze and Hampton Bay, sold in stores such as Home Depot & Lowe’s. Regardless of how the light cover is installed or the brand of light bulb you are replacing, the same procedures follow and they are quite simple;Step #1: Gather the tools you need, these include; a pair of hand gloves, a screw driver (the right size for unscrewing the screws on the ceiling fan light cover, a ladder (if necessary), and Philips-head screw driver. You may also need a protective cover for your eyes. You need to ensure that the ladder’s height and weight are suitable for the task you are about to accomplish.Step #2: Set up the ladder, make sure it gets you close enough to the light fixture so that you can gain a comfortable closeness to the ceiling fan light cover. Make sure you don’t have to stretch your arms completely over your head. The ladder must be placed to the wall that is closest to the area where the light cover is located. Alternatively you can make use of a chair or bench of the eight of the ceiling is not too far from the ground. In some cases, you may need to remove the light bulb itself, if it has worn out and needs replacement.Step #3: Simply hold the light cover with one hand, and with the aid of the screw driver, loosen up the screws that hold the light cover in place with the aid of the other hand as you remove each screw make sure you place it in your pocket with the same hand. Make sure you hold the light cover with one hand as you loosen the screws, this will prevent the item from falling off.You should keep in mind that most light covers usually have a single metal fastener, holding the entire piece together- this should be easily removed once the screws holding it in place have been removed. Some metal fasteners don’t even require the use of a screw driver for removal. For the metal fastener that requires unscrewing, you may need either the flat screw driver or Phillip-head screw driver.Some older style fans may have the ceiling fan light cover held by clips. These clips are normally thin metal and can easily be unfastened with just a little pressure on the tab. It may be firm, so be careful not to damage the light cover. Step #4: Now that you have remove all the screws, you need to remove the ceiling light cover gently from the fixture and bring it down slowly, in such a way that you can don’t lose your grip on the cover piece with the other hand. Make sure you grip the removed light cover with the other hand you are not using to remove screws, this will give you a stronger grip.Step #5: Climb down from the ladder while you are still clutching to the removed ceiling fan light cover and holding the ladder with the second hand, this will help you maintain your point of contact with the ladder at all times, whether you are ascending or descending.Step #6: carefully place the removed light cover in a container, and if you are replacing it, you need to ensure that you choose the right size and brand. Climb the ladder back, and place the new light cover back before placing the metal fastener on it. Drive in each screw appropriately and fastened them to ensure they hold the light cover properly. In conclusion, it is important to note that it is better to replace a brand of light cover with the same brand, in order to ensure that the proper size of the cover is maintained. Forcing another brand of light cover for the light may loosen the screw holes and that can spoil the entire piece easily. Secondly, old light covers should be repaired constantly especially when they become rusty. You need to check that all wires connected to the light cover are functional and not broken.Questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll be clad to help!Referenceshttp://www.ehow.com/how_8273452_replace-ceiling-light-covers.html
Ceiling fans provide a variety of benefits. They save on energy costs, sometimes by a significant amount, and often serve double duty as lighting in a space. They are stylish and can be used in every room of your home—including outdoors. Ceiling fans, including flush mount models, also offer year-round energy value due to their efficient motors and fan blades. In addition to cooling rooms during the warm months, you can reverse a fan to improve the efficiency of heating during the winter.Ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and are able to suit any type of decor. No matter how you’ve decorated your home or what your priority might be in a given space, there is a ceiling fan available to suit your needs.One of the most popular types of ceiling fans are cage enclosed fans. This unique twist on a traditional fan is making its way into homes across the country. Many people love these fans just for their functionality, but others are falling in love with the way they look, too.What do you need to know about cage enclosed ceiling fans and what are some of the best options available?Minka-Aire Vintage Gyro 42″ Dual Ceiling FanThis fan features a unique design that harkens to early 20th century design. If you love the look of vintage, but you want the efficiency of a modern fan, this is the one for you. This fan comes with a light kit that is in an opal glass enclosure, which is a feature not found in other similar fans. It features three blades with a 17” span. We think it is ideal for any room, especially since it’s available in a variety of finishes, including black, nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze.The Minka-Aire F802-ORB, vintage gyro dual ceiling fan is an indoor only fan and comes with a wall control unit that adjusts lighting and fan speed.Hunter 30″ Vault Ceiling FanWe love the look of this fan. It has a masculine minimalist design that is well-suited to a variety of modern day décor styles. It measures 30”, allowing it to fit into a variety of smaller spaces. And for anyone who has a larger room, but loves the sleek look of this fan, you can install two or three of the fans to achieve the effect in a large space.The fan comes with a standard mounting system, as well as an angled mount if your ceiling is sloped. This makes it great for even the most unconventional space.One of our favorite features of this fan is the reversible black oak and rustic grain blades. This means it can be fashioned to suit both contemporary and modern décor. It’s an indoor-only ceiling fan that comes with a remote control. It doesn’t come with a light kit, but it is light kit adaptable if you want your fan to serve double duty.Savoy House Alsace 26” Ceiling FanThis little guy from Savoy is one of our favorites because it is a blend of a chandelier and ceiling fan. It’s one of our favorite “fandaliers” on the market.The design was inspired by Wine Country and the wine barrels used in French vineyards. We think it goes great with rustic design, but would especially suit a Tuscan or wine-inspired design.The fan is made from a reclaimed wood finish and has chestnut blades. We consider it an upscale, sophisticated design that many people will love. It comes with a 75-watt illumination feature and would be perfect in smaller kitchens or even a wine cellar!Savoy House Circulaire 3 Headed Ceiling FanThis model is another one we love from the Savoy Company. If you’re looking for a cage ceiling fan that suits contemporary and/or transitional décor, this is the one for you. It features three functioning fans that are adjustable. Each of the fans features twin beechwood blades that complement the English Bronze finish of the body and cages. We love this fan because it’s stylish and fun, but also because it’s compact at 38” and stands out from many of the other fans on the market.Matthews Duplo-Dinamico 39” Dual Ceiling FanOur final pick is a 39” fan from Matthews. It features two caged fans that are mounted on a brushed nickel body. Its sleek design is great for modern spaces, but could also suit transitional or contemporary designs.The fans feature aluminum blades which we think are stunning. Both fans have 36” blade spans that are adjustable. We love how the design combines clean lines, but can still suit a casual environment. The fan comes with a variable speed wall control but does not have a remote control. It’s an indoor fan that is light kit adaptable. Light kits are available separately.These are just a few of the caged ceiling fans available, but we think they are some of the best. We’ve included fans on the list that will suit a variety of decor, but we find the caged design to work best in contemporary, modern, or transitional spaces. We also love it with edgier décor, such as industrial looks and there are a few options we’d love in rustic spaces.Fans are available in a variety of price ranges and many models feature affordable versions that are modeled after the more expensive options. If you find something you love but it’s out of your budget, don’t worry—there might be something else available that suits your style and fits your budget.Our tip for choosing the right fan?Consider your space and shop around. You might even pull a few pictures of fans you like and look at them while sitting in the space where you plan to install the fan. Like paint colors and other decor choices, sometimes you need to get a feel for what’s going to work best for you. It’s important you choose a fan that you not only like, but that is well suited for the room where it’s installed.Last, but not least, keep your fan well maintained and clean, so it’ll last you for a long time.
An indoor or outdoor ceiling fan is a great investment for a number of reasons. It can help you reduce energy costs in your home in both summer and winter and it can keep rooms more comfortable in general by circulating air with ceiling fan direction for a better air flow, even with high ceilings. Many ceiling fans have lighting features, so they do double duty as light fixtures. Ceiling fans are also stylish and come in a variety of different designs so they are able to suit any type of décor.
As great as it can be for you to find a quality cheap ceiling fan, it can be difficult for you to find something at a low price, especially if you are looking for an energy efficient fan with ceiling lights and a remote control. Many of the more appealing fans out there might have more features and rather attractive appearances but this could be rather difficult to handle in terms of your budget.