Ceiling Fan / April 24, 2018 / Glenna Gillespie
The most common ceiling fan operation entails a pull chain/pull chord control that extends downwards from the operational center point of the ceiling fan. This controls the fan speed cycle that can be set to high, medium, low or off with a pull of the chord. The next ceiling fan operation setting is a variable speed control. For this setting, a hand controlled dial sets a different speed for the fan. A variation on this mounts the speed dial on a nearby wall as opposed to the fan itself. New ceiling fans emerge onto the market displaying a wireless remote control system. Working in much the same way as a television remote, an infrared beam is sent from a hand held controller to the fan controlling operation with the touch of a button.
Just like all ceiling fans are not alike, all rooms are not the same, either. The closer your fan is to the ceiling, the less air it is going to pull. If you have low ceilings, of course, you are going to need a flush mount, meaning you will need to mount your fan close to the ceiling, otherwise it would be hanging down too low and pose a hazard. But, if you have high ceilings, you will want to install a down rod. A down rod is nothing more than an extension, really. The higher your ceiling, the longer you want the down rod to be. If you have ten foot ceilings, you should have a one-foot down rod. Down rods increase total airflow and bring the blades themselves closer to where you need it.