Understand the components and function of a ceiling fan


Ceiling fans are mechanical devices that accelerate the air around us, giving out a better cooling effect. But this is not just it. However, this is the main niche of ceiling fans, yet they vary greatly following how they are used and their main purpose.

Components of a Ceiling Fan:

  • Electric motor
  • Blades
  • Blade flanges
  • Flywheel
  • Rotor
  • Ball-and-socket system
  • Downrod
  • Lamp

Working of a Ceiling Fan

The motor of the ceiling fan converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. The capacitor of the ceiling fan torques the motor causing it to work. Electric current reaches the motor, entering the wire coils and creating a magnetic field. Because of the mechanical energy generated by the motor, the blades are set into motion.

Ways in which Ceiling Fans are used:

  • Passive cooling. Ceiling fans provide people with relative cooling as they gravitate the cool air in a downward direction.
  • Ventilation. In the exhaustion of dangerous fumes, or generally drafting off warm air out of a specific area.

Classification of Ceiling Fans

  • Household ceiling fans. These are the most known ceiling fans. This supports only 3 blades, but also 4 blades can be seen in these.
  • Commercial or industrial fans. These ceiling fans might look like household ceiling fans, but their construction and functioning are entirely different from them. Such fans are made to be cost-effective and energy-efficient. Because of the low cost in manufacturing these, their blades are mainly made of steel or aluminium.
  • HVLS fans. These ceiling fans are relatively larger than any other ceiling fans because these are mainly used in warehouses, hangers, malls, and railway platforms. These fans spin slower, but their larger diameter can provide a cooling effect over a large area.
  • UL fans. These ceiling fans are the fans that are used in partially enclosed or open spaces. The body of these fans is made mainly of materials that are not affected by moisture, temperature swings, or humidity. These fans are most used in bathrooms and on porches and patios.

Types of Ceiling Fans:

  • Standard ceiling fans. These fans are mounted over the roofs using a pipe as support. These are meant for rooms that have a ceiling height of more than 8 feet.
  • Low-profile ceiling fans. These can directly be installed on the ceiling. But these are meant particularly for the rooms that have a ceiling height of fewer than 7 feet.
  • Outdoor ceiling fans. These are UL fans and are accustomed to any temperature, humidity, and moisture.
  • Energy star ceiling fans. These fans are energy-efficient ceiling fans. Their design and manufacturing help them in being aerodynamic and reduce energy consumption.
  • Dual motor ceiling fans. These fans have two adjustable fan heads and are connected to two motors. The motors used in these are better than any other ceiling fans. These also serve their decorative purpose.

While adjusting a ceiling fan to the ceiling, make sure to be careful. Fan blades can cause limb damage.

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