Top-down cooling with style: Klarstein ceiling fans
If you've landed on this page, you're probably planning to buy a device to keep you cool during the warmest months. Although they may seem outdated after the advent of domestic air conditioning systems, ceiling fans are still very popular, allowing to cool or heat rooms cost-effectively. Ceiling fans do not lower the temperature or remove humidity like air conditioning systems, but they create a gentle ventilation providing a pleasant and more natural feeling of freshness. Thanks to technological progress, modern ceiliung fans incorporate more functions, including remote control or a 'reverse' function, which allows the warm air from the heater to be ventilated in winter. It is essential to consider all the technical characteristics of the device before choosing a ceiling fan. It is not the same to place it in a large room as in a small one.
Many people do not like air conditioning, which, especially in small rooms and if kept too high, can cause colds, neck pain, migraines and muscle aches. A fan, on the other hand, provides more natural relief, reducing the risk of health problems. If there are children or elderly people in the house, it is probably the wisest choice. Last but not least, the energy saving reason for choosing a ceiling fan is the energy saving. The savings are therefore considerable. In Klarstein product gallery, you can find ceiling fans with different designs, features and prices, which can vary greatly, starting from around 70 pounds for the cheapest models, To give you the confidence of making an intelligent and long-lasting purchase, continue reading: we are going to highlight the main aspects to consider to find the perfect ceiling fan for your needs, not only in terms of functionality, but also to add more beauty to the decor of your spaces.
Finding your ceiling fan: main criteria for choice
Ceiling fans are an excellent formula for combining decoration and functionality. Not only will you save energy with them, but you can also decorate a room with very little effort. Affordable for most pockets, they will make you avoid the high consumption of air conditioners and reduce the cost of heating. As you have noticed, there are several aspects to consider when selecting such a device. The size of the rooms, the material of the blades or the inclusion of the reverse function are key aspects. Similarly, design is an important aspect if the aesthetics and decoration of your home are important to you.
We’d like to point out some important criteria before you decide on a particular product. Therefore, you will be able to select the best device, either to cool the room and save money or to find the best match in terms of decoration.
We would like to remind you that it is better to go for quiet devices. In addition to the m² of the room, you should check the ceiling height. The longer the blades, the more air will be able to move. Do not forget this criterion, which is crucial when installing the fan. You can use the following table as a reference, to choose the right ceiling fan according to the room size:
|Ceiling fan: blades diameter||Room size in square meters|
|at least 75 cm||up to 10 square meters|
|up to 107 cm||rooms up to 13 square meters|
|between 108 and 132 cm||between 13 and 18 square meters|
|over 132 cm||spaces over 18 square meters ((up to 27 square meters, depending on space)|
Type of light in a ceiling fan
If possible, choose models that are compatible with LED light. LED bulbs are not only more environmentally friendly, they also use less energy. In any case, you will find three different types of lighting on the market. In the following list, we tell you the advantages of the different types of light for these devices:
- Spotlights: they have several light points, so they are ideal if you want to add another touch to a room. They also allow the installation of energy-saving bulbs.
- Ceiling lamps: they only have one light point, so they are ideal when you want to add a certain type of atmosphere to a room. Remember that they usually have low wattage, maximum 60 watts (W).
- Tulip lights: they usually offer three to four points of illumination. In general, you can choose LED lights, energy-saving lamps and halogen lamps.
If you don't want your energy consumption to skyrocket, choose ceiling fans with a maximum output of 60 watts (W). These devices do not approach the consumption of an air conditioner, but you should think about this in advance before deciding. The figure to be assessed does not include light bulbs, which, as far as possible, should ensure low consumption.
In general, ceiling fans offer at least three different speed levels. Keep in mind that the third level can be louder. The adjustable speed allows you to choose the ventilation you want at any time. There are also models with more speed levels, although they tend to be more expensive. The choice is yours.
You'll find three different blade materials on the market: metal, wood and plastic. The easiest to combine and the most aesthetically pleasing are the wooden ones. However, they can deteriorate with moisture and are not recommended in bathrooms, outdoors and kitchens. Plastic can turn yellow, and metal is easier to clean.
Inverse rotation for summer and winter ventilation
Most ceiling fans incorporate a reverse function, which is certainly very practical, to spread the hot air coming from your convection heater and other heating devices more evenly. The reverse function of the motor rotation allows the fan to be used even in the winter season by redistributing the warm air downwards in the room. Using your fan in combination with an air conditioner can cut your cooling bills by up to 40%. In winter, rotating the fan in the opposite direction reduces heating costs by up to 10%.
Some people who need total darkness to sleep and others who require absolute silence. If you are one of the latter, choose devices with long blades. If you have the possibility, opt for a DC motor, which is faster and very quiet.
Consider carefully where you plan to install the fan. If it's for outdoors, you should consider a material such as steel, which doesn't deteriorate over time. If it's for indoor use, don't choose wooden blades for humid or warm environments, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Ceiling fans, stand fans and tower fans: main pros and cons
What helps to combat the heat? A pleasant cool breeze. Fans take advantage of this simple principle. When the heat becomes unbearable, fans are often the first choice. Whether free-standing, tower, ceiling or table fans, they provide a refreshing breeze on hot days. The fan does not cool the room temperature, but increases the function of our body's thermoregulation system. Thanks to the cooling current of air, sweat on the skin evaporates more quickly and heat is transferred from the body. The low purchase price and low operating costs are also important aspects to consider.
|Type of fan||Advantages||Disadvantages|
Frequently asked questions about ceiling fans
If you need to cool down a room, nothing better than a ceiling fan. But that's not all: if you also want to add a touch of modern design to your home, one of these devices can help to increase the visual appeal of your room. Choosing the right ceiling fan isn't easy, we agree. That's why below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions from people like you who want to make such a purchase.
- Why is a ceiling fan a smart purchase?
First of all, we'll give you a good reason: because it will save you money on your electricity bill. Because the warm air moves downwards in winter and vice versa, you can reduce your heating and air conditioning costs. As if that weren't enough, it is an ideal addition to your home, and you can even add lighting to it.
- What does a ceiling fan consist of?
It is a device suspended from the ceiling of a room. These mechanical objects, usually electric, have rotating blades mounted on a hub to circulate air. These devices were born in the United States, particularly between 1860 and 1870. At first, they were not driven by an electric motor but used water power in conjunction with a turbine. This system allowed two blades to turn through a system of belts.
- What exactly is the reverse function of a ceiling fan?
The reverse function allows the device to be used on both summer and winter days. The warm air weighs less than the cold air and, therefore, when the winter function is activated, the device shifts the heat downwards. Specifically, the ceiling fan rotates anticlockwise in summer and vice versa in winter.
- When is the use of ceiling fans recommended?
They are perfect when the heat is not excessive, and you can do without an air conditioner. Also, even when air conditioning is necessary, a ceiling fan will help you reduce your electricity bill. Compared to a class A air conditioning system, for example, the fan consumes around 60/70 watts, compared to 500 watts for an air conditioner. These devices move the air and, although they do not cool the room, they provide an unbeatably cool feeling.
- Are ceiling fans effective in cooling rooms?
No, they do not reduce the room temperature, but they do affect the thermal sensation of people. The cooling sensation is achieved through two forms of cooling the human body: convection and evaporation. Air on the skin is achieved through the process of evaporation in the body, generating freshness.
- At what height should ceiling fans be installed?
If the ceilings in the room are very high, you can always install an extension. As a general rule, the minimum height is 2.20 metres, and the maximum height is three metres. These figures may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. Generally, the instructions indicate the appropriate measurements for installation.
- Are ceiling fans noisy?
Basically, the higher the speed level, the louder the noise. Those with longer blades are quieter, but the speed is lower. Also, the more blades, the quieter, but also the more motor effort. There are also fans with very quiet direct current (DC) motors that are the latest fashion in this area.
- What types of motors do ceiling fans use?
The more powerful the motor, the more air it moves. Commonly, two types of motors are used: alternating current (AC) motors and direct current (DC) motors. AC motors are cheaper, but they tend to heat up more. The latter, which are more modern, are more expensive but are quiet and energy-efficient. There are still a few on the market.