Guide To Ceiling Fan Blades
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Guide to Ceiling Fan Blades

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The right kind of ceiling fan is a valuable means to keep air supply fresh and cool. Indoor and outdoor fans are both available in a variety of styles and technical specifications. There are many things to consider when choosing your ceiling fan: do you want it with or without a light? What kind of motor speed do you need? And do you need it to come with a remote or without a remote?

But once you've answered these questions and feel you have the right ceiling fan, there is another thing to take care of. That is, what kind of blades should the fan be using. The material of the fan blades plays a big part in the fan's performance. As such, it should be carefully taken into account when selecting a new ceiling fan. In order to help you make the right choice, here is a brief guide to the main types of ceiling fan blades.

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Metal blades provide an efficient way of slicing through the air to offer powerful currents of ventilation. Providing a great deal of durability, metal fan blades are ideal for larger areas where the fan is suspended quite high from the floor. As metal blades are likely to weigh more than other types of blade, a powerful motor will be essential to run the fan at the best level. It is also best to avoid using metal blades in open yards near the ocean, as the blades could eventually rust due to the sea spray.


Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a composite of recycled wood fibres and resins, and often out performs real wood in certain tasks due to its firmness and ability to withstand changes in temperature. Usually unsuitable for outdoor use. Plastic fan blades bring a popular option for dry, interior spaces.


Timber blades of all kinds of wood are a good option for interior ceiling fans. Sometimes wooden blades are infused with plastic to stop them from warping or being adversely affected by moisture in the air. Generally wooden blades offer a solid and long-lasting complement to the rotation of the fan. A carved wood look can provide a stylish and attractive finish to an interior.

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The beauty of plastic blades is there convenience. Unlike wooden and metal blades, they are very easy to clean. They are also extremely lightweight, making installation simple. It also means that they can work with lower speed ceiling fans. Because of the versatility of plastic, it can easily be moulded into any shape, and some plastic blades have been designed to take on the appearance and finish of real wood.


Cloth blades provide the same cooling power as other materials, but also add a different look to the whole. Often smaller than other blades in ceiling fans, they are best used in smaller indoors spaces. They are however harder to clean, as dust and grime is more likely to becomes attached to the cloth fibres.