Disadvantage of Older Ceiling Fans
Unless your home was built within the last 6 years or so, you probably have ceiling fans that are still in working condition, but they will not be nearly as efficient as new modern ceiling fans are, directly caused by their motor type.
Ceiling fans over 6 years old always used what is known as an AC motor. AC means alternating current. While still much less costly to operate than central air conditioning, AC motors will use up to 75% more electricity than that of a new motor technology used in today’s high-end ceiling fans.
Yes, AC motor fans will still allow you to cut back on your air conditioning cost during the summer months, but they still will not be able to save you anywhere near the energy usage of what a new ceiling fan with more advanced technology will offer. And, what about the days during the year when you do not need A/C at all? Those gorgeous days I know you love, where you are able to turn off the air, and simply open the windows and use the ceiling fan as your primary source for air circulation. On those days, why would you want to pay the power company 75% more for the cost of operating ceiling fans in your home?
Newer Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans = More Savings
Several years ago the biggest advancement to the ceiling fan occurred since the invention of the electric ceiling fan itself. This advancement is a new motor technology, known as a DC motor. DC stands for direct current.
On average, direct current motors use just over 30 watts of electricity on high speed. When compared to standard AC fan motors, which many times use well over 100 watts on high speed, that is a huge difference. On low speed, ceiling fans with DC motors are even more efficient, with some using less energy than a nigh light bulb! Compare that to AC motors that may use over 10 times that amount. Since you probably find that you do not use high speed on ceiling fans as much as the medium or low speed, the savings on your monthly power bill using a DC fan will be staggering!
Three more advantages of modern DC ceiling fans are performance and more fan speeds. DC models have minimum of six speed vs. the common three from normal fans, they give more airflow performance, and they are quieter while operating. Sure, some older model ceiling fans are very quiet, but if you listen closely you will always hear a slight hum due to the alternating current design of their motors. With a direct current ceiling fan motor there is absolutely no motor noise at all. Due to this, they are by far the best ceiling fans to install in sound sensitive areas, such as bedrooms.
Ceiling fans have come a long way in design options.
Again, thanks to DC motors there are style options that weren’t possible just a few short years ago. The reason for this is that, although more powerful and energy efficient, direct current motors are much smaller in size. This allows for sleeker contemporary designs, closer fits to the ceiling, or just flat out awesome motor housing styles that an old AC fan motor couldn’t fit inside of.
Advancements in blade materials and 3D printing have allowed for drastic changes in the styling of ceiling fans. Older fans almost always used the same old boring, flat wooden fan blades. However, today’s ceiling fans have blades of many different shapes and materials, allowing manufacturers to produce functional works of art that can complement, or even complete any interior room décor.
DC ceiling fan motors, combined with better fan blade and motor housing designs have really brought ceiling fans back to the forefront in the interior design industry. Ceiling fan design styles, thanks to these wonderful new advancements, whether it be rustic or modern, tropical or farmhouse, or even small or large industrial, are something that, if you haven’t seen them lately, is something you really need to look into.
New ceiling fans not only look better, but they perform better, and they save more on energy cost. Just because your old ceiling fan is still turning doesn’t mean it doesn’t need replacing with something up-to-date. If it weren’t for the advancements in technologies, I’d say keep your old fan until it stops working. But, with such modern advancements and improvements in today’s ceiling fans, not replacing your old model with a new modern celling fan is an injustice to yourself, and to your home.
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