Modern Open Floor Plans
Today’s home architecture always seems to call for at least one large open meeting space in the home. Wide open spaces, known as great rooms, usually consist of a family room, kitchen and breakfast nook, and a foyer or entry space. These areas are a must in the current modern home. These spaces almost always have very high ceilings, whether they be vaulted, cathedral, or flat, and many times there will be an upstairs balcony overlooking the wide open area below.
With such large spaces supplemental airflow is very important, and is very much needed during the cool months to keep all of the needed warm air from rising and being wasted against the ceiling where it cannot be enjoyed. A ceiling fan is the best way to achieve the needed supplement of airflow to prevent this.
The Modern Fan Revolution
Over the past several years, huge advancements have been made to the common ceiling fan, making today’s ceiling fans far superior in energy efficiency from models in the past. With these advancements, not only has the energy efficiency greatly improved, but also the styling and functionality of the ceiling fan has benefited very much as well.
For large open spaces, with huge amounts of cubic feet of space added due to higher ceilings, it used to be the homeowner needed to have at least two ceiling fans installed in the area to achieve the proper airflow. Not any more!
Thanks a new motor technology used in ceiling fans, known as direct current motors, or more commonly referred to as DC motors, not only has the energy consumption of ceiling fans dropped way down, but the power and performance of most fans has gone way up. The increased performance of these DC motors has paved the way for some very big ceiling fans showing up on the market lately. These larger models are the perfect choice for the great room space in any home.
Larger Ceiling Fans Save Money
To give an idea of how one can save having these new types of fans, consider this interesting fact: In the past, a 56” ceiling fan would use up to over 100 watts of electricity on its highest speed. In large great rooms the homeowner would typically install two ceiling fans to do the job, meaning over 200 watts of energy would be consumed throughout the day to regulate air temperature in these areas. But now, thanks to fans with DC motors, blade spans have widely become available in much larger sizes. Sizes above 60 inches to over 99 inches in span, that use much less energy to operate, and move more airflow in the process.
Let’s compare the common 56” or 60” overhead fan to some of the newer large 96 inch ceiling fans available on the market today. Whereas, as previously stated, the 56” to 60” models equipped with a standard motor would consume around 100 watts of electricity, the average 84” to 96” models, using a direct current motor, will only consume an average of 35 watts on their high speed setting. That is roughly 1/3 less the bigger fan will cost to operate. Not only that, but in most cases big ceiling fans will move more airflow than two 60 inch ceiling fans combined!
Now, that the facts of less cost to operate and much better performance is known, it is a no brainer that using a larger ceiling fan instead of standard fans is the much wiser choice.
If the performance factor combined with the savings on energy cost isn’t enough to convince you to make the switch to new larger ceiling fans, here are more reasons…
Newer advancements in manufacturing, such as 3D printing, have allowed ceiling fan blades to take on different shapes from the old fashioned fan paddles of the past, and many of the shapes have been purposefully designed to move more airflow than that of old fashioned flat fan blades.
With most modern designs the blades become the focal point of the fan, versus previously where the focal point was directed to the motor housing. In the past, this was done to direct attention away from boring, flat, unattractive blades, but it caused many ceiling fans to be considered ugly from the interior designer’s perspective. But, wow, how times have changed!
The DC motor technology has also affect fan styling in motor housing design. Although more powerful, DC motors are lighter weight and smaller in size than conventional AC fan motors. This has allowed for smaller, less gaudy motor housings, granting fan makers to reinvent ceiling fan motor housing designs to be sleeker and more up-to-date with the trends. For evidence of this look no further than the Minka Aire Aviation, where the motor is almost not seen, and the focus of the eye goes solely to the three contoured propeller inspired blades.
The Aviation is just one example in a vast array of new designer themes available in the industry, most of which are focused on the oversized fan design trend. Due to resurgence of the ceiling fan as a focal point in home décor, thanks to these new advancements design, not only for performance reasons have ceiling fans become larger, but also for the eye candy the new models add into the space they grace. Therefore, the next time you build, or simply repaint the walls, don’t forget, the great room will never been fully complete until you add this much needed functional design piece.
Oversized ceiling fans are much needed to add comfort in any area with a large open floor plan. Their ability to evenly spread a sensational feeling of air movement throughout the entire area is much better than any form of doing this in times past. Anyone with any similar open room space must check these out to live a more relaxing and better quality of life while in their home environment.
To purchase, or simply just to see some examples of what is available, one great place to view Large Fans is Ceiling FANtastic. They have a fantastic (pun intended) selection of these oversized celling fans.