Different Types of Blades Available for your Fan

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All ceiling fans work the same way, right? This is actually not correct. Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of types, and depending on the type of blade you have installed on your fan you can achieve different results for different environments.

A common mistake that fan owners make is that they assume that any blades can be installed on their existing fans. Although the mounting brackets are the same in many cases, the weight of the blades used can play a big role in how well the fan performs post-blade installation. Because the motors in ceiling fans are designed to spin the pre-installed blades at a particular speed, installing heavier or lighter blades on the fan will result in a change of speed. In the case of metal blade ceiling fans, exchanging cloth or timber blades for worn out metal blades can lead to motor overheating and too high of an RPM on the new blades.

Timber Blades: Timber is used in the manufacturing of ceiling fans because of its rigidity and long life span. Woods like mahogany, oak, and pine are common building materials for timber blades. Many times processed wood is infused with plastics to make a sturdier blade that won’t warp because of the moisture found in the air.

Metal Blades: Metal blade ceiling fans are among the most durable ceiling fans found on the market. They offer superior performance by being able to cut through the air with little resistance, but usually require a higher powered motor to operate. To create a shine on metal blades, manufacturers apply multiple thin coats of metal coating to the blades during the manufacturing process.

Plastic Blades: Unlike timber and metal blades, plastic blades are often very easy to clean. With dishwasher safe plastic blades becoming increasingly popular, it’s very easy to unhook your fan blades and place them in your dishwasher to remove all of the dirt and dust that has accumulated on them over the years.

Cloth Blades: Although they provide the same cooling power as the blade types listed above, cloth fans are most often used to add a nicer aesthetic to a room. Cloth blades are better suited for small rooms, as their blades are often smaller than those of a metal blade ceiling fan. Cloth fans are harder to clean than other blade types, but can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove surface dust.

So, next time you go shopping for your next fan, be sure to think of all the options available, and weigh them all up to consider which type of fan blade would be best suited to your needs and climate.