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SME Inc of Seattle offers our customers a broad and deep range of electrical services across commercial and industrial industries and residential properties. From tenant improvement, new build or renovations to assembly lines, healthcare facilities or multi- or single-family residences, the team at SME Inc provides experienced engineers and licensed electricians who have the skill and expertise to design, install and complete any project.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans

Monte Carlo Vectra 52-inch fan
Monte Carlo Vectra 52" fan

Save Energy Costs with Ceiling Fans. One way to help reduce energy costs for heating and cooling your home is to install ceiling fans. Not only are they an attractive addition to most any décor, they also cool you in the summer and circulate heated air in the winter. By raising your air conditioner thermostat just one degree above 78–degrees, can save you from 3% to 8% on your cooling costs. Using a ceiling fan can make the air temperature of a room feel about 8 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. SME Inc of Seattle can help you choose the right ceiling fans for you home and install them so you can start saving money on your energy bills.

In winter, changing the fan blades to move the air up and around the blades (clockwise) moves the hot air that collects at the ceiling and down into the livable area of the room. This circulation can save you up to 2% of your heating costs for every degree you turn your thermostat down in the winter. This effect will be more beneficial in ceilings that are over 8 feet high or are angled or vaulted.

How to Choose the Right Sized Ceiling Fan

Several features are available on ceiling fans but the most basic is purchasing the right sized fan for the room.

  • For rooms less than or equal to 50 square feet (sf) purchase a 30" fan
  • For rooms 51 sf to 100 sf purchase a 36" fan
  • For rooms 101 sf to 200 sf purchase a 42" fan
  • For rooms 201 sf to 400 sf purchase a 52" fan
  • For rooms 401 sf and larger purchase a 54” fan
  • For very large or long narrow rooms consider purchasing more than one fan dividing the square footage by the number of fans and purchase the correlated sized fan for the areas.

Pitch and Power Important Ceiling Fan Features

Pitch and power are the next features you need to take into consideration when purchasing a ceiling fan. A steeper blade pitch is more efficient in moving air. For general living areas look for an 11 to 16 degree pitch. Fans for small rooms or for rooms with high humidity such as laundry or bathrooms will have a blade pitch up to 22 degrees. Make sure these are UL&nash;certified for humid environments.

The workhorse of the ceiling fan is the motor. The larger the fan the more important it is to have a higher–powered motor. While fans come in all price ranges, quality fans have motors with sealed bearings negating the need to oil the bearings periodically. A quality ceiling fan will also have a rubber flywheel that controls torque, keeps the fan stable and dampens fan noise.

Ceiling Fan Lights and Remotes

Lighting kits are a common and useful addition to a ceiling fan. Unfortunately, not every home has an electrical junction box right where you want to install a ceiling fan. That's where SME Inc. comes in, we can wire and install ceiling fans with or without light kits right where you need them. A remote control is a convenience some people want on their ceiling fans. We can program your ceiling fan remote and set controls for push button convenience.

SME Inc of Seattle has been servicing the Puget Sound and surrounding areas for 40 years. When you need an electrician for any size job, from installing a ceiling fan or wiring your home, call SME Inc of Seattle, we will be happy to provide you quality professional electrical service.