In our NQ climate, ceiling fans are the most affordable and environmentally friendly way to cool your home, using only slightly more power than a standard light fitting.
Newer model DC (direct current) fans run even more efficiently and have a longer life span that traditional AC models. Having a ceiling fan also helps reduce mould and given the cost affordability of running fans, you can leave them running throughout the day to keep mould down in our humid environment.
Like every other electrical fitting, there is a vast range of fan options to choose from. We can assist you to select the correct size, material & airflow rated fan for your space. We also have a range of suppliers to source from. All ceiling fans come with a new fan warranty so you have peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you will be covered within a certain timeframe.
We are Townsville’s local warranty agent for 360 Fans, which we highly recommend given they are an Australian Company, based in Brisbane who design fans specifically for our hot climate. To peruse a range of Ceiling fan and Exhaust fan options, head to our products page for links to supplier websites.
Considerations when choosing a fan
Where will the fan be located? Indoor and Outdoor?
Indoor and outdoor fans have different factors to be considered, the main being what product the fan is made of. If looking for outdoor fans, it is always important to make sure manufacture recommends it to be suitable is installed outside. ABS plastic, Stainless Steel and Glass fibre composite materials are the main outdoor materials available.
What is the size of the room and will there be obstructions or lighting in the way?
The size of the fan usually refers to the diameter from one blade tip across to the other. Below is a basic guide to the size of fan suitable for room area:
<48” (122 cm) – smaller than 4x4m2 area eg. small bedroom, kitchen, office
48” (122 cm) – 4x4m2 area eg. common bedroom, small office, small living/loung/dining
52” (132 cm) – 5x5m2 area eg. Living, dining, open plan areas, large bedrooms
60” (142 cm) – 6x6m2 area eg. Living, dining, open plan areas, large bedrooms,
>60” (142 cm) – larger than 6x6m2 area eg. large living areas and outdoor areas
Does the fan require an inbuilt light or is the fan going to replace an existing light fitting?
It is important early on to consider whether your fan should have a light or not. While this might seem trivial, the last thing you would want to happen is to replace a light fitting with a fan that does not have a light. Most fans come with a lighting option either built or added as an accessory.
How will the fan be operated? Wall control, remote control or pull cord?
There are three types of controllers for fans: wall control, remote control and pull cord.
The wall control is the most common and simplest, while a remote control is becoming a more common option as they come included with DC controlled fans Some older style fans come with a pull cord which are still made and we can try and match these for you. Majority of new ceiling fans are remote control adaptable, meaning a remote can be added if desired later down the track.
How many blades is best?
For this question there is no right or wrong answer. One myth is that the larger the fan or the more blades the fan has, the greater the airflow. This is not the case. 3 Blade fans often have far greater airflow than 5 blade fans. Most fans these days are designed so well you wouldn’t notice much difference in function between three, four or 5 blade fans. If you did notice a difference this might be due to various other factors such as motor wattage and airflow rating.
What is airflow rating and what figure is best?
Airflow is the amount of air a fan can move. It’s important to read the specifications when looking at a fan to see how much air it can push. Airflow is measured in CFMs (Cubic Feet Per Minute). This is the actual volume of air that the fan is capable of moving on high speed. Generally if you have a fan that pushes at least 10,000m3/hr, they are guaranteed to create a great cooling breeze. You will notice a big difference between a fan that only pushes 7000m3/hr compared to 10,000m3/hr or more.
AC Fans or DC Fans?
You’ve probably heard the terms AC and DC fans floating around if you’re on the hunt for a fan. DC stands for ‘direct current’ and it is the latest in ceiling fan technology. AC stands for Alternating Current and is the traditional model of ceiling fans.
The advantages of a DC motor ceiling fan over an AC motor ceiling fan:
- DC fans use less energy – up to 70% less than a standard AC fan.
- They are generally extremely quiet.
- They have more speed options, sometimes up to 8 speeds!
- They are remote controlled which enables a range of functions at the click of a button.
- The motor is generally more compact and lighter, which allows for a slimmer motor design.
The advantages of an AC motor ceiling fan over a DC motor ceiling fan:
- DC ceiling fans tend to be more expensive when compared to an equivalent AC model.
- AC fans can be controlled from a wall control, pull cord or remote, while DC fans can generally only be controlled by remote. (Remotes comes with their own set of problems such as they can be misplaced, run out of batteries, get lost or broken…)
- AC fans are still extremely energy efficient, a standard model will use no more than 100watts on high speed.
Summer & winter settings explained
Did you know that you can reverse the direction of a ceiling fan, from clockwise to anti-clockwise? This is done by moving the toggle switch on the side of the fan motor, or on your remote control if you have one. The standard anti-clockwise setting is for summer as it will pull hot air up towards the ceiling, and push the cool air down whilst also circulating airflow throughout the room.
The winter setting is typically used in winter as the name suggests, in the clockwise direction. Cool air is pulled upwards to the ceiling, and the hot air is pushed down, helping to circulate that warm air being generated by your heaters.
We like this guide from Beacon Lighting to help narrow down your fan options:
Fan Installation Townsville Residents Rely On
East Coast Electrix are the Townsville Fan Installation specialist that you can rely on for any job – big or small. We have built our reputation on delivering high-quality electrical services that stand the test of time. Whether you are looking for residential services or you need a team of professionals to tackle your factory, warehouse, or office – we are equipped to tackle your unique project.
Our team of electrical professionals have the skills and the experience to meet the diverse requirements of customers. Call us on 0400 841 847 to schedule an onsite visit or to book a consultation. Our Fan Installation specialists will arrive at your residence or work premises to discuss your needs and find the best possible solution.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fan Installation
How Much Does Fan Installation Cost?
Fan installation varies depending on whether it is a new installation, a replacement installation, size of the fan, number of blades etc. At East Coast Electrix, we do not pretend to be the cheapest Fan Installation in North Queensland. In fact, there are more than enough companies that offer cheap, short-term solutions that will undercut us every time.
At East Coast Electrix, we are committed to deliver fan install solutions that are cost effective as well as quality. To find out how much your project will cost, you can get in touch through phone or email to arrange a consultation and quote.
Do You Offer Any Guarantees for Fan Installation?
Yes! We are committed to delivering high-quality solutions that stand the test of time. For us, that means qualified, expert tradesman that are fully licenced and will stand behind their work with a workmanship quality guarantee.
With more than 15-years of industry experience and a proven track record when it comes to Fan Installation, we are happy to stand behind the work that we complete. If you have any problems with the workmanship, our team is just a phone call away!
Why Should I Choose East Coast Electrix for Fan Installation?
It’s a fair question! Afterall, there are no shortage of electrical professionals servicing the North Queensland region. For us, we have a simple mission statement; Our aim is to provide the best customer service by delivering reliable, honest, and knowledgeable technicians for each job that we complete.
Here are some of the reasons that our Fan Installation services stand out in Townsville:
- We provide prompt communication and unbeatable service
- Our team is comprised of expert technicians who stand behind their work
- We are approachable, friendly, and polite in every job that we complete
- Our Fan Installation services are priced fairly and competitively against the competition
- We will leave your site in the same or better condition than when we arrived
- Our reputation is everything to us – we never cut corners
Can I Get a Quote for Fan Installation?
Yes! Get in touch on 0400 841 847 or use our contact page to arrange an inspection and quote for Fan Installation in Townsville. Our friendly team will provide an assessment and tailored quote for your unique project and requirements.