Are you looking for a way to cool down this summer without spending a fortune? A ceiling fan could very well be the solution for you. Ceiling fans provide an affordable and simple means of cooling down; they circulate air over the surface of your skin, which removes heat from your boundary layer – a warm layer of air that surrounds us at all times. By stripping the heat from this layer, a well-placed ceiling fan can seriously reduce the real feel temperature of any space. Melissa Davidson from The Lighting Warehouse says: “Since ceiling fans do not actually change the temperature of your home, they are incredibly energy efficient, and unlike air-conditioners, they are easy to install and operate as effectively indoors as they do outdoors. What’s more is that they serve a dual purpose of being able to keep mosquitoes and other airborne night-time bugs away.” Ceiling fans come in a wide range of styles, colours, and prices. Melissa notes: “Today there are ceiling fans in a multitude of sizes, styles and finishes, to suit virtually any décor style – from traditional, through to the über contemporary. You can choose fans with wooden, plastic or metal blades, depending on your décor and budget. In fact, a well chosen ceiling fan can stand proud as a feature in its own right.” Ceiling fans are controlled electronically – they usually come with wall-mounted control units, or in some cases with pull switches. Some ranges are even available with remote controls for added convenience and ease of use.According to Melissa: “Any ceiling fan worth its salt should have at least two to three different speeds, so that you can adjust the speed to suit your personal preferences and to extend its use throughout the seasons. In addition, most have two setting that allow you to control the direction that the blades turn – one setting for winter, which helps bring warm air down, and another for summer, which forces the warm air up. They are available with or without a built-in light source. These lights can be fitted with energy efficient LED or CFL globes, in warm or cool white, to ensure that the energy-efficient nature of the ceiling fan can be maintained.” If you have a very low ceiling, Melissa recommends that you invest in a wall-mounted ceiling fan: “Wall-mounted fans are a great choice for smaller spaces – they offer the same cooling efficiency as a ceiling fan, except they are mounted neatly out of the way on the wall.” she also advises that you measure the volume of the space in which the fan is to be installed, to ensure you purchase the correct size fan: “Different fans come with different blade sizes – those with larger blades are best suited to larger spaces, or spaces with high ceilings; and those with smaller blades are a better bet for smaller spaces or spaces with low ceilings. Also – take note of how many paddles the fan has – the more paddles it has, the more effectively it will cool you down. If you are shopping for a very large space, then you may want to consider installing two ceiling fans for maximum effect.” Visit www.lightingwarehouse.co.za to view a gorgeous selection of ceiling fans today.
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