It doesn’t help that the price of land is increasing while the sizes of homes are decreasing. So homeowners of modest spaces, like condominiums and HDB flats will have definitely considered a ceiling fan to save space. But is that the only consideration that matters when getting a ceiling fan?
Here we look deeper into what factors to consider before getting a ceiling fan.
An undisputable fact about a ceiling fan is that it saves space as compared to standing fans. The space it saves however, is only on floor level. Vertically, the ceiling fan can make a home interior look much “shorter” than desired, especially if it’s installed after a false ceiling.
To homeowners who were advised on creating a “space” in the false ceiling to accommodate a ceiling fan, our advice is…don’t. The fan’s performance can be greatly affected when placed in such setups, since air circulation is reduced by the gap between real (concrete) and false (ceiling). The reduced airflow can result in puzzling scenarios, as shown below.
Practicality-wise, the ceiling fan does its job very well. It cools you down when needed and can help ventilate an entire living room. Add lights to the ceiling fan and it becomes even more practical. So what’s the downside?
Ceiling fans can be potentially harmful for anyone above 1.7m in height, since they can reach the high-speed fan blades without much effort. Aside from cut and bruised fingers, there is also the issue of “flickering” shadows on the ceiling when lights are switched on. This can be distracting for many people, especially when it’s a broad ceiling with lots of room for long shadows.
In addition, we’ve found that ceiling fans tend to become “weaker” as time goes by. They become less effective as they go through wear and tear. This isn’t entirely true for all brands, but it does seem to be happening. So do enquire about that aspect when shopping around.
At one point of time, the ceiling fans usually looked like the ones used in industrial buildings, which were plain and white. Today, ceiling fans have gotten more popular and with that, more designs have been created.
Our suggestion is to use fans that have a darker shade to complement homes with earthy tones. The more elaborately designed fans can go well with Victorian themed interiors. Ceiling fans that have more modern and sleek look tend to cost a lot more, so it really depends on your priorities.
In conclusion, the ceiling fan is still practical, but it isn’t always straightforward. If there are false ceilings involved for instance, then considerations get a little less simple.
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