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How Does A Ceiling Fan Work?

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Has this question ever crossed your mind “How does a ceiling fan work?” Imagine that this is the time of summer and there is too much hot outside. You have come home after having a busy tiring day. Now you want to be relaxed and turn on the fan switch to make yourself relaxed.

Most people have ceiling fans in their homes. They are a must when it comes to keep your home clean and comfortable. Most of us don’t have any idea how this most important thing works. In this article, we will try to give you a clear concept of how it works.

Parts of a Ceiling Fan

Before knowing how does a ceiling fan work we should know about the crucial parts that a fan has. So let’s know about them:

  • An electric moton that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. It depends on what type of ceiling fan you choose.
  • Blades which are also known as paddles or wings that help to produce air.
  • Metal arms which are also known as blade irons and link the motor with the blade.
  • A Flywheel that is connected to the moton shaft.
  • Rotors which are replacement of blade irons

Optional Parts of a Ceiling Fan

There are also some optional parts of a ceiling fan. Let’s know about them also:

  • A downrod is a metal pipe. It is used to hang the fan safely on the ceiling.
  • A motor housing that encloses the motor.
  • A switch cup that protects several components such as wires, capacitors, and switches. It is also used as an oil reservoir which helps to lubricate the bearing.
  • Blade badges that are linked to the visible underside of the blades to hide the screws.
  • Switches that help to turn the fan on and off. Also, adjust the speed of the fan.
  • Lamps

Type Of Motor Is Used In A Ceiling Fan

Single-phase induction motor is used in ordinary ceiling fans. These motors are also known as fractional kilowatt motors as they consume the least power. For operation, the single-phase induction motor needs only one power phase. It helps to convert electrical energy from the power input into mechanical energy. Single-phase induction motors are used in ordinary ceiling fans because of their simple design and they are very easy to repair.

How to install a Ceiling Fan

Installing a ceiling fan isn’t that much hard work to do. First, turn off the electricity to avoid any kind of accident.  Unscrew the old staff and disconnect all wires. Ensure that the default electrical box is connected to the ceiling rafter or any kind of strong support. 

Buy a new electrical box for ceiling fans if you need to do so. You can secure the fan to the ceiling in two different ways. You can ascend the fan to the ceiling or can hang the fan by adjusting it to the ceiling with the help of a downrod. Take the mounting device and screw it with the electrical box.

 Also, make sure that the fan is secured safely and the wires are placed through the opening. Join the colored house wires to the related colored fan wires. Most fans on the market come with a hook that helps you to hang the fan on the ceiling when you are connecting the wires. If your fan doesn’t come with that hook then you can take the help of anyone you can.

 With the help of the screw adjust the fan housing and motor to the mounting device. Turn the power on again and ensure that every connection is working properly. If all the connection seems working properly then switch off the connection again and end the task. 

With the help of the provided screws fasten the fan blades to the iron. As most fan blades are reversible make sure to attach the blades to the correct side.

Working Principle of a Ceiling Fan

Did you ever had a question in mind “How do ceiling fans spin?” The vital part of a ceiling fan is the motor. Here the electrical power gets converted into mechanical power. It drives the two wings to spin in opposite directions at maximum speed. In this way, it pushes the air down and thus airflow is created.

The airflow direction is calculated by the concept that where air actually moves. Forward or backward based on how high it goes up when assuming an updraft and a downdraft position. If you notice properly you will see that there are two cords in your fan. One for the fan and the other to power the light up.

When you pull out either cord, power will flow into it, just like when you use a wall switch, rather than pulling on both at the same time. If more than one approach is required, you can always use them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How Do I Select a Ceiling Fan?

Answer: The first step in deciding on a ceiling fan is determining where it will be installed in your home. Ceilings are classified into two types: indoor and outdoor. Indoor fans can be installed anywhere, but if you have an exterior space, such as a porch or patio, that requires more ventilation, this could be the ideal location for a new ceiling fan.

Outdoor rooms should also examine how high off the ground their blade span has to be to create ideal circulation; higher blades work effectively with taller ceilings, while lower blades function best when closer to floors below them.

2. How do you determine a ceiling fan’s beginning and running winding?

Answer: A ceiling fan’s starting and running winding wire can be easily determined by evaluating the resistance value of the winding wire. Starting wire always has a higher resistance value, while running winding wire always has a lower resistance value.

Final words

In the summer season a ceiling fan is a must to keep your home and yourself cool and comfortable. So you should have a clear idea in your mind of how does a ceiling fan work actually. We hope that by reading this article you will have the concept clear in your mind.

Brian Pierce

Brian Pierce is a professional gardener who has vast experience in gardening and home decorating. Being cultivating his skills, he has been to many home and garden related seminars of typical fashion. So, now he has decided to share his years of knowledge, experience, opinions, tips, and above all his hobby on the internet. Find him on Twitter here. Happy Reading!

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