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Bathroom Ceiling Fan and Its Uses

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You can find human being using fans even in primitive times. Slaves waving leaves to cool their masters have been depicted on ancient artifacts. Feathers of large birds were used too. It is believed to have been the Chinese who were the first to make fans out of sticks and paper.

Towards the end of the 18th century delicately painted chicken skin fans were one of the hottest fashion statements for both men and women. When the industrial revolution began and the factories become mechanized, the machines were linked by a system of overhead turning shafts that operated them. Someone had the idea of attaching blades to the turning axles to cool the factories, and the ceiling fan was born! By the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century fans were a symbol of elegance and sophistication in every important hotel or public room as well as in luxurious estate houses.

It wasn’t long after that that fans appeared in any ordinary house where heat was experienced. From there it was a short step to the bathroom ceiling fan.

Choosing a Bathroom Ceiling Fan

Although most people prefer to install an extractor fan in the bathroom to expel the steam and odours, there are times when people prefer a normal bathroom ceiling fan. Perhaps you live in a climate where the heat demands that you have the bathroom windows kept open, in some cases with closed louver shutters to keep the hot air from entering. Running a fan is far cheaper than constant air-conditioning. Even if you do have air-conditioning, you can keep it to a moderate temperature and save energy, while your bathroom ceiling fan does the rest of the work.

A fan, besides being energy saving (a big issue these days) gives the sensation of a pleasant light breeze if it is properly set. Moisture needs no longer be a deterrent as waterproof models are available today.

When you have chosen the style you like, you need to select the blade size and the down rod length. You don’t want the fan to be ineffective, but on the other hand you don’t want to experience a storm when you go into your bathroom. A fan for a bathroom of 100 sq feet is estimated to need blades of about 29” to 36”, and 3 blades should be enough. If your bathroom is bigger, say, 200-250sq feet, then you can look at blades of 42” to 48”. Remember, though, that brands differ so check the recommendations.

Your down rod length should allow for a clearance of at least 7’, preferably 8’ from the floor to the fan blades. If your ceiling is a little low, try to have a down rod of at least 3” as a fan flush up against the ceiling won’t circulate the air as effectively.

Bathroom Ceiling Fan for Heat

Besides using a bathroom ceiling fan for cooling, you can use it for helping to warm a room! It sounds strange, but we know that hot air rises, so your warm air is going to accumulate near the ceiling. If you stop your fan and run it in reverse at a low speed, it will send that warm air down again, mixing it with the cooler air and giving the room an even, moderate temperature. A bathroom ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool the air, it provides a breeze that moves across your skin and makes you feel cooler. This cooling function happens when your fan spins in a counter clockwise direction, and in a clockwise direction, at a low speed, it moves that warm air back down into the room.

Balancing the Bathroom Ceiling Fan Blades

If your fan wobbles you may need to balance it. A balancing kit is usually available at a hardware store or a store that sells fans.

Turn your fan on at high speed. Then stop it and attach a weighted clip on the front edge, half way along one of the blades. Turn the fan on again and see if there is any difference. Remove it and repeat with all the blades, one at a time, running the fan in between to see whether the wobble gets better or worse. Now put the clip on the blade that gave you the least wobble when weighted. On the selected blade you can gradually move the clip up and down the blade, running the fan in between each move until you find the best balance. You can replace the clip with a weight on top of the blade. With trial and error, on the other blades as well, keep doing this until your bathroom ceiling fan runs smoothly.

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