Ceiling Blades – What Is the Difference?

If you are unfamiliar with ceiling fans and are looking to purchase one for your home or office, you may be overwhelmed by the broad range offered to you. It can be a difficult decision you may struggle to make if you don’t know what you are looking for, or you just choose one and not actually know the benefits of different types. Solent are here to make the process easier by sharing some useful information on different ceiling blades, ceiling blade length and blade span.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ceiling Blades

These few facts will give you just enough information to know the difference between various ceiling blades available and what is best suited to you.

1. What Blades Are Available?

It is important to remember when purchasing a ceiling fan that in most cases the blade material originally installed in the fan cannot be replaced by blades of a different material. This is because the weight of the blade can affect the speed which can but strain on the motor.

The most common materials for fan blades are timber, metal and plastic:
Timber: These ceiling fans are typically made of pine, oak or mahogany which look great in rustic homes and the wood makes for rigid blades that have a long lifespan.
Metal: These blades require a high function motor, as their minimal resistance allows fast rotation. These blades look sleek, modern and are known for their superior performance.
Plastic: These blades are a more budget-friendly and convenient option; they are easily removed for cleaning making them a popular choice amongst homeowners.

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2. How Many Blades Should The Fan Have?

An important thing to note is that more blades do not result in a cooler room; rather the number of blades should be determined by the rooms aesthetic and the purpose of the fan.

3 Blades: The fewer blades on a ceiling fan, the less drag there is which results in a faster spin. This means that you will achieve a stronger gust as opposed to a gentle breeze from more blades. The triangular blade balance is often the most cost-effective option and less strain on the engine means less energy is used.

4-5 Blades: If you have a big room with an air conditioner, 4-5 blades will be able to successfully circulate the cool air. Due to having more blades, they tend to move a little slower than 3-bladed fans, yet are just as aesthetically pleasing. It is also worth noting that fans with more blades tend to create less ambient noise, which may make them the first choice for a smaller room.

Invest in Your Solent Ceiling Fan Today

Now that you know a little more about fan blades and how they affect the fan’s performance, you can begin the process of finding the perfect one for your home. Browse through our online range or visit one of our stores. Our staff are more than happy to answer any further questions you may have, so feel free to contact us directly.

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