ceiling fans

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Hercules Ceiling Fan with Metal Blades

In recent years ceiling fans have evolved to compliment everyones taste in design with a wide variety of colours, blade styles and finishes. The ceiling fan is no longer relegated to being an ugly but functional part of your home decor and can now be a feature in itself.

In function Ceiling Fans increase airflow in a room creating a fresh feel, and suiting those who prefer to open up their windows and their home in summer. In Winter any fan can be reversed pushing warm air that is trapped up at the ceiling back down to the floor, requiring less heating in a space.

Types of Fan Motors

Bahama Fan Range

AC is the older technology used in Fan Motors, the motors usually come with a 3 or 5 speed wall controller and optional remote control. AC fans do have a reverse function but that is normally a switch on the body that you need to physically flick to swap the fan between summer and winter modes.

DC fan motors are the more modern technology, DC motors are quieter (virtually silent) and consume less power to run (usually around 60% of the power of an AC motor). DC fans typically come with a 5 or 6 speed remote control that includes the reverse function on the remote.

Types of Fan Blades

In the past their were two main types of fan blade, wood or metal. Wood fan blades are quieter and recommended for bedrooms, while metal blades can be formed to push more air and though they are noisier can be used in living spaces and commercial spaces. Often wider span fans will have metal blades.

Recently some manufacturers have started to use ABS plastic blades, this brings the best of both worlds to standard sized fans, they are moulded to shape to more efficiently move air, yet still very quieter than wood blades.

The upshot of this? in the home you should look to ABS or wood bladed fans in areas where noise is an issue (bedrooms), steel bladed fans should only be used in noisy parts of the home and when the fan suits your decor.

Sizing and Mounting your Fan

aviator 6 blade ceiling fan

Scale is a personal preference, the diameter is not strictly important you should select your fan based how it will look and feel in the space. Below is a fan sizing chart to help you, but feel free to throw the rules out the window.

Room Size Fan Blade Span
< 20m2 < 1220mm
20m2 - 27m2 1220mm - 1400mm
27m2 - 35m2 < 1400mm


  • Living Rooms, Family Rooms and Master bedrooms need a 1320mm or larger fan to generate enough airflow
  • Fan blades should be at least 300mm from the nearest wall
  • For long rooms, multiple fans is the best way to go
  • Some fans are available for exterior use, ensure that the fan is located 1.5m from the edge of the roof so it is not exposed to direct rain

tempest ceiling fan with light

It is important to hang a ceiling fan to the correct height, a ceiling fan should never hang below 2100mm from the floor for safety. To provide optimum airflow the fan should be 2300mm - 2700mm from the floor but it could be a little higher if this would look aesthetically better. All our fans have optional downrod accessories if you have a particularly high ceiling.