Ceiling fans can be an easy way to update the look and comfort of a room. Another important use of a ceiling fan is climate control – much less expensive than running the A/C.
Most ceiling fans can be used in two different ways; that is, most fans have a mechanism, commonly an electrical switch, for reversing the direction in which the blades rotate.
Even though most ceiling fans can be mounted to all types of ceilings, not all can be mounted to angled or cathedral ceiling without an added bracket or use of a down-rod extension.
Many styles of ceiling fans have been developed over the years in response to several different factors such as growing energy-consciousness and changes in decorating styles. The advent and evolution of electronic technology has also played a major role in ceiling fan development.
Some of the more popular ceiling fan styles are:
Stack-motor ceiling fans – Stack-motor fans employ a powerful, energy-efficient motor, and it is far less expensive to operate than air conditioning. With this design, the fan’s blades mount to a central hub, known as a flywheel. The flywheel can be made of either metal or reinforced rubber, and can be mounted either flush with the fan’s motor housing (concealed) or prominently below the fan’s motor housing (known as a “dropped flywheel”).
Direct-drive ceiling fans – Direct-drive ceiling fans have become the standard for today’s fans. They employ a motor with a stationary inner core with a shell that revolves around it (commonly called a “spinner” motor); the blades attach to this shell. Direct-drive motors are the least expensive motors to produce, and on the whole are the most prone to failure and noise generation.
Belt-driven ceiling fans – As mentioned earlier, the first ceiling fans used a water-powered system of belts to turn the blades of fan units (which consisted of nothing more than blades mounted on a flywheel). For period-themed decor, a few companies have created reproduction belt-drive fan systems. The reproduction systems feature an electric motor as the driving force, in place of the water-powered motor.
Cast-iron ceiling fans – Throw backs from a bygone era, a cast-iron fan utilizes a very heavy-duty oil-bath motor. These fans must be oiled periodically, usually once or twice per year, since they use an oil-bath system for lubrication. Because these fans are so sturdily built, and due to their utter lack of electronic components, it is not uncommon to see cast-iron fans operating for eighty years or more.
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