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A Ceiling Fan Article To Blow You Away

Ceiling Fans, Lets Narrow the Options.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this article about ceiling fans, by your Edmonton Electrician, Hauer Power Electrical. Today we are going to talk about, you guessed it – ceiling fans. We’re going to talk about a few different aspects, and choices regarding ceiling fans. With the vast amount of options and differences someone can get lost trying to find the right fit. At the end of the day they’re mostly for aesthetics, however many people like having the air flow in their home that a ceiling fan will provide. As your Edmonton Electrician we will break down the key differences between all the residential ceiling fan choices.

Speed Settings

Ever find your fan has slowest, slow, and then mach speed? Most often ceiling fans will have 3 speeds. These speeds can be adjusted by the pull chain feature that many fans have. If the room is large, with high ceilings then this is not an option. At this point a fan control remote may be necessary. As your Edmonton Electrician we always recommend hiring a professional electrician to perform this work. Besides the main risks of shock and falling from ladders, incorrect installations can lead to many other complications. These fan control remotes will come in 2 parts. One will be the receiver which will be installed into the fans wiring, usually within the canopy. Sometimes the receiver will be too large or the canopy too small. To avoid this proper planning in the earlier stage must be set in place. Fan receiver remotes can be utilized with most existing ceiling fans, as well as new ceiling fans. Quality comes with a cost as with most things. Ceiling Fans, and ceiling fan remotes are no different here. Canopy size is always something to take into consideration when purchasing a ceiling fan, as the remote usage may be a desired feature to have. Ask your Edmonton Electrician today if they have any suggestions on what sort of ceiling fan to get!

What are Down Rods and why would I need them?

If you have high ceilings down rods would be advised. These are what space the ceiling fan from the ceiling. If you have 8’ or even 9’ ceilings then chances are good you probably don’t need a downrod. Fan bodies from top of the canopy to bottom of the blades are usually about 8” to 1 ft. Downrods at lengths of 3” or 6” are available for ceiling heights such as these. Overall for your ceiling fans height you wouldn’t want anything lower than 7’ from your floor. Length of down rod with regards to high ceilings, really only matters as much as your preference or taste. Depending on the manufacturer you can get downrods all the way up and beyond 10 ft in length. As your Edmonton Electrician we say it is always desirable to have a set height in mind for a fan project before installation. Ideally 8’ or 9’ from the floor will give you optimal air flow. To determine if this is what your goal is you should always measure out your distance and have your desired downrod length prior to installation. This first step can save you time and money whether doing it yourself, or hiring a contractor such as your Edmonton Electrician.


Fans have become more efficient over the years, like most things electrical. So to capitalize on this ideally you would want to pick an energy star qualified ceiling fan. This helps out with your power bill, and oftentimes noise.Our proffessional electricians will always recommend the most energy efficient product. A more energy efficient ceiling fan motor will most often make less noise, which is always a plus. The motors that come with ceiling fans will vary in size, some with 1/60 HP, some with ⅓ HP. This range of power change isn’t really something to get hung up on, as long as it is an energy star qualified ceiling fan. Higher powered motors will produce more air circulation, and are less likely to produce more heat. The lifespan of most ceiling fans is widely depending on its usage. Keeping this in mind they can range from 10-20 years. As your Edmonton Electrician we see many older homes having ceiling fans that came with the home. Some of these dating back 50, 60 years and more! For this reason it is best to pick a fan that you really enjoy, as chances are good that you won’t need to buy another one for that location.

How Many Blades Should My Ceiling Fan Have?

The Number of blades for your ceiling fan is reliant on what your goal is for this fan. If it for air flow then number of blades may make a difference for you. More blades means a quieter fan, and less blades will equal a noisy fan. With more blades, your ceiling fan will circulate less air. The opposite applies for fans with less blades, as these will circulate more air, but will however be more noisy. Industrial applications typically see fans with less blades as noise is not a concern but airflow is. Most situations in those applications will reflect 2 or 3 blade fans. The difference here with residential ceiling fan really isn’t going to blow you away though. As your Edmonton Electrician we also advise looking at the fan blade pitch if airflow is something that you want to achieve with your ceiling fan installation. The more perpendicular your fan blade is to air that it is trying to move is obviously going to move more air. That said this is what is referred to as fan blade pitch. The steeper the fan blade pitch, the greater the volume of air flow will be achieved. As your Edmonton Electrician we see your ideal fan blade pitch to be between 11 and 16 degrees, with the optimal choices usually reflected at the 14 degree mark. Again if it is simply aesthetic preference that has brought you shopping for a ceiling fan, then pitch and number of blades is not a factor for you. The most modern fan blade designs and looks we find come in the 3 blade range, as they as less effort to install, clean, and have a “less cluttered” look.

Ceiling Fans With Good Lighting

Often customers will ask us if their ceiling fans should have lights. As your Edmonton Electrician we are passionate about lighting and always encourage our customers to go with ceiling fans with the option of lights. Whether the lights are build in LED, or just simple lampholders for a lightbulb at least the option is there should you ever want additional lighting. As long as the wiring to the wall switch is sufficient, and both the light and switch are compatible with each other to be dimmed, then it can make a great addition. Common practice for installation of a ceiling fan is to run a 3 conductor from the switch to the fan. This creates the option for 2 switch legs. This way you can have a ceiling fan control for speed, as well as a switch for the light on the fan itself. As your Edmonton Electrician this is the way we like to install ceiling fans, whether in new construction or a retrofit installation. This way you can have whatever brightness of lighting you desire controlled from a dimmer switch. As well you can have whatever speed of fan control you desire, also controlled from a fan control speed selector on the wall. If you choose the addition of a fan remote then that option is always available as well.

My Ceiling Is Sloped, Can I Still Have A Ceiling Fan?

Yes you can! Sloped ceilings can also have ceiling fans installed, the fan must simply be rated for an installation such as this. As your Edmonton Electrician we always advise hiring a certified electrician professional for a job such as this, however it is not too much different from a flush mount style of ceiling fan. The angled/sloped fans will often require downrods, and the provision of a higher ceiling to accommodate the loss of height due to the pitch. The only cases where you may not be able to have a ceiling fan would be in the case of a ceiling that is too low, where an electrical box is not strong enough for the fan itself, or where there is no way of getting your wiring there.

Hauer Power Electrical, is your Edmonton Electrician. As your Edmonton Electrician we are pleased to offer in home estimates to Edmonton and Area, free of charge. If you or someone you know needs anything electrical, or possibly a ceiling fan installed in particular then give us a call. We specialize in troubleshooting electrical systems, both residential electrical, and commercial electrical. We are passionate about the quality electrical work that we perform, and the customer service that we provide. At Hauer Power Electrical it’s all about giving you power. Call us today! 780-935-0622.

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