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Ceiling Fan Motor Review For Guys

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Ceiling fan motors are very important in determining how well a ceiling fan will work and how long it will last. When purchasing a ceiling fan it is very important that you research what motor the ceiling fan has. Just like when your buying a car you will want to find a ceiling fan with a best high performance grade, very good performance grade, or a moderate or economy grade motor. Larger more powerful motors provide maximum air movement with quiet operation and can run for an unlimited amount of time without burning out.

Jaguar

High Performance Grade Motors are like Super Cars

Ceiling fans with High Performance Grade Motors are the best in the industry just like super cars, aka chick magnets, are the best cars you can buy (or wish to buy). These ceiling fan motors are large, stay quiet, are extremely durable and circulates a lot air even at low speeds. Ceiling fans with high performance grade motors run perfectly smooth and quiet. You can leave these fans running for days even years without worrying about them burning out.

Flywheel Motor compares to Ferrari

Ferrai Flywheel motors are like a Ferrari because of their performance and heritage. Flywheel motors are high performance motors that have been in production since 1979. These powerful and energy efficient motors are constructed around thick steel laminations surrounded by copper wiring and have large sealed precision ball bearings. Flywheel motors have an extremely quiet operation- due to the rubber flywheel disc absorbing shock.

Example of Flywheel Motors:

Flywheel Motor


K55XL Motor – Emerson Origami Ceiling Fan

XLP-2000 Motor – Casablanca Stealth Ceiling Fan


Oil Bath Motor compares to Lamborghini

Oil bath motors have an indestructible cast iron motor housing with an oil-bath lubrication system. Oil bath motor ceiling fans were created by Hunter Fan Company.

Lamborghini

When I think of oil bath motors I think of exclusivity so they would have to be the Lamborghinis of the ceiling fan industry.

Example of Oil Bath Motors:

Oil Bath Motor

210mm x 20mm Motor- Hunter Classic Original Ceiling Fans


DC Motor compares to Porsche

porsheDC motors are the Porshes of ceiling fans due to their technology and efficiency. DC, which stands for direct current, motor is an electric motor that uses electricity and a magnetic field to produce torque. This requires less electricity and also less copper windings are necessary to create the same amount of power. The magnetic field in DC motors are stationary, unlike other motors which makes them 300% more efficient than standard fans. Most ceiling fans with DC motors also have six speeds instead of the normal three speeds.

Example of DC Motors:

DC Motor165 X 18 mm Extreme Green Motor – Monte Carlo Explorer Ceiling Fan

EcoMotor- Emerson Midway Eco Ceiling Fan


Very Good Performance Grade Motors are like Sport Sedans

These ceiling fan motors are a step down from High Performance Grade Motors but are still extremely durable and they come close to matching the High performance motors air circulation. Sport sedans are also extremely reliable and have high performance.

Ultra-Performance Direct Drive Motor compares to BMW

The ultra-performance motor is a type of direct drive motor. A direct drive motor has a stationary inner core with a shell which revolves around it also known as a spinner motor. The ultra performance motor has high quality bearing and copper wiring with the largest stacks of laminated steel in any direct drive motor. This allows for outstanding air flow.

BMW

BMW’s are Ultra-Performance sport sedans so it is only fitting that they are compared to ceiling fans with Ultra-performance Direct Drive Motors.

Example of Ultra-Performance Motors:

ultra performance direct drive motor


212mm x 25mm Motor – Monte Carlo Grand Prix Ceiling Fan


Stack Motors compares to Mercedes

MercedesThe stack motor is also a type of direct drive motor. A stack motor is built with a basic stator and squirrel-cage rotor. Mercedes cars have powerful motors and are made with high quality materials just like ceiling fans with stack motors. Stack motors are powerful and made with high quality bearings and copper wiring. They have a taller stack of laminate steel than standard direct drive motors.

Example of Stack Motors:

Stack Motor


153mm x 18mm Motor – Modern Fan Company Ball Ceiling Fan


Large Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Lexus

The large standard direct drive motor also has high quality bearings and copper wiring. Ceiling fans with large standard direct drive motors have a wide stack that produces more torque than standard motors. Lexus cars are also made with high quality materials and their engines produce more torque than standard motors.

Lexus

Example of Large Standard Direct Drive motor

Large standard direct drive motor


172mm x 20mm Motor – Minka-Aire Rainman Ceiling Fan


Moderate or Economy Grade Motors are like Family Cars

Ceiling fans with moderate or economy grade motors are designed with lower prices in mind just like family cars. These motors are still durable however move noticeably less air than high performance grade and very good performance grade motors.

Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Toyota and Ford cars

Toyota The standard direct drive motor is a very common ceiling fan motor in the ceiling fan industry. Even though these motors have a lower grade than high performance and very good performance motors they are still made with high quality materials, just like Toyota and Ford cars, and produce great airflow. These motors are mostly used in contractor and builder ceiling fans.

Example of Standard Direct Drive Motors:

Standard direct drive motor153mm x 13mm Motor- Quorum Medallion Ceiling Fan



I don’t recommended buying a ceiling fan that has less than a moderate or economy grade motor. Ceiling fans with smaller and cheaper motors move less air, wobble and tend to make noise. Anything lower you are just wasting your money. Ceiling fans with higher graded motors, just like cars, last a lot longer than a low performing model.

How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part Two

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

In How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part One we covered the type of fan for the ceiling height of your room, where the ceiling fan is going to be installed, the right blade span for the size of your room and determining the slope of your ceiling.

In Part Two of How to Buy a Ceiling Fan we continue to cover the things that you should decide before buying a ceiling fan for your home.

Do you want a Ceiling Fan with a Light?

A ceiling fan with light is a great way to add light and comfort to your room with only one appliance. Ceiling fans come with integrated lights, which are my favorite, or have specific light kits that you can add to your Fan.

Integrated Lights on Ceiling Fans entail that the light is built into the ceiling fan and there is no assembly of a light kit required. (Yay! Just what I like no extra assembly required) Ceiling Fans can also come with integrated uplighting. Ceiling fan uplights cast a soft indirect glow which makes them great for bedrooms because they can add romantic ambiance to your room.

Other Ceiling Fans don’t come with integrated light sources so you need to find a light kit that is compatible with the Fan you are buying. Light kits do not go with every Fan. So make sure the light kit that you choose for your Ceiling Fan is the same brand and finish of your fan. Also if your Ceiling Fan is Rated UL damp, UL Wet or Energy Star you should find a light kit with the same rating. According to ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans with lights page “Ceiling fan/light combination units that have earned the energy star rating are about 50% more efficient than conventional Ceiling Fan with light units”

What Style and Finish will best Compliment your Room’s Decor?

The best way to decide what style of ceiling fan you should buy is determining the style of your room’s decor. I think the style is very important because a ceiling fan that doesn’t go with your room’s design can throw off the whole design. Trust me I speak from experience. I’m redecorating my master bedroom and the ceiling fan that I currently have doesn’t go at all with the changes I’ve made to the room so now the rooms design is all off. So if your room is decorated with Modern decor then a Contemporary Ceiling Fan would be perfect for your room.The more popular Fan Styles are Contemporary, Traditional, Tropical, Rustic, Antique, Designer, Mission, Unique, Nautical, and Tuscan.

After deciding what style of ceiling fan you want then you have to choose the right finish to match or flatter the metallic hardware finishes in the room, such as door knobs, cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures and table lamps. The main Ceiling Fan finishes are Bronze, Brass, Brushed Nickel, Black, White, Copper, Graphite, Rust, Brown, Off White, and Primary Colors.

If you are buying a Fan with Wood blades make sure the blade color matches or goes with the wood furniture, cabinets and flooring in your room.

The Ceiling Fan Motor Quality?

The motor is the most important component of a Ceiling Fan. The higher graded motors are designed to provide the maximum air movement and run smoothly while being quiet. They also last a lot longer than fans with lower graded motors.

Okay so this is where I lose it… I’m a girly girl and I don’t really understand motors in general. I know they are important but they kind of bore me. Sorry guys. So I decided when I was researching Ceiling Fan motors that it would be a lot more interesting if someone compared them to shoes, which I love. So I have done that for all the ladies that are reading this part and would understand it more or find it more fun if the motors were compared to shoes. Ceiling Fan Motor Review for Women for detailed information on Ceiling Fan motor grades.

Okay boys, I know you like motors just how they are but I wanted to do something special for you too, so I compared Ceiling Fan motors to Cars. Ceiling Fan Motor Review for Men for detailed information on Ceiling Fan motor grades.

The Main Ceiling Fan Motor Grades that you should look for are…

Best Performance Grade Motors: Flywheel, Oil Bath, and DC Motors

Flywheel Motor

*Above is a ceiling fan motor diagram of Emerson’s K55XL Motor which is an example of a Flywheel Motor.

Very Good Grade Motor: Ultra – Performance Direct Drive, Stack Motor, and Large Standard Direct Drive Motor.

Moderate or Economy Grade Motor: Standard Direct Drive Motor

Avoid buying Ceiling Fans with Motors below Moderate or Economy Grade Motors for they will be noisy, have weak performance, wobble and not last a long time.

In How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part 3 we discuss Air Flow ratings, Efficiency ratings, ceiling fan control options, and deciding who will install your Ceiling Fan.

Ceiling Fan Motor Review For Women

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Ceiling fan motors are the most important component in determining how well a ceiling fan will work. Larger more powerful motors provide maximum air movement with quiet operation. Personally I don’t understand motors in general. I can read about motors and 10 minutes after reading an article I forget what I just read because I don’t find it interesting. When I was doing research for the post How to buy a Ceiling Fan Part Two, where I discuss ceiling fan motors I got bored and disinterested. Since the motor grade of a ceiling fan is very important I thought I would compare ceiling fan motor grades to shoes to make it more memorable and fun. (I know this would make me remember what kind of ceiling fan motor I want )

Jimmy Choo Shoe


High Performance Grade Motors are like High Fashion Designer Shoes

These are the best ceiling fans on the market just like high fashion designer shoes. The ceiling fan motors are large, stay quiet, extremely durable and circulates more air even at low speeds. They can run for an unlimited amount of time without burning out.

Flywheel Motor compares to Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo Shoes

Flywheel motors are energy efficient very powerful motors. Flywheel motors have an extremely quiet operation- due to the rubber flywheel disc that absorbs shock.

Manolo Blahniks

Just like Manolos and Jimmy Choos the ceiling fans that come with Flywheel motors range from classic designs like Emerson Premium Ceiling Fan to unique designs like Casablanca Verrazano Ceiling Fan.

Example of Flywheel Motors:

Flywheel Motor


Emerson’s K55XL Motor

Casablanca’s XLP-2000 Motor


Oil Bath Motor compares to Christian Louboutin Shoes

Oil Bath Motors have an indestructible cast iron motor housing with an oil-bath lubrication system. Oil Bath Motor ceiling fans were created by The Hunter Fan Company.

Oil bath motor

Just like the shiny red lacquered soles on Christian Louboutin’s shoes, the Oil Bath Motor can only be found in Hunter Original Ceiling Fans.

Christian Louboutin Shoes

DC Motor compares to Stella McCartney and Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes

Stella McCarthney ShoeDC motor ceiling fans are energy efficient which makes them earth friendly like Stella McCartney shoes which are made with Eco friendly materials. No Leather or Fur! DC, direct current, motors requires less electricity to operate because the motor uses a magnetic field to produce the torque. The stationary magnetic field in DC motors makes them 300% more efficient than standard fans.


Ceiling Fans with DC Motors were created with using a scientific approach that yielded a new energy efficient motor. Ferragamo also designs shoes with a scientific and creative approach that resulted in the invention of wedge heels.

Salvatore Ferragamo wedge heels

Example of DC Motors:

DC motor

EcoMotor – Emerson Midway Eco Ceiling Fan

165 X 18 mm Extreme Green motor – Monte Carlo DC Ceiling Fan

*Note- Ceiling Fans with DC motors also have six speeds instead of the normal three speeds.

Very Good Performance Grade Motors are like Designer Shoes

These ceiling fan motors are a step down from high performance grade motors but are still extremely durable and they come close to matching the high performance motors air circulation.

Ultra-Performance Direct Drive Motor compares to Cole Haan Shoes

The Ultra Performance Direct Drive motor has high quality bearing and copper wiring with the largest stacks of laminated steel in any direct drive motor. This allows for outstanding air flow.

Ceiling fans with Ultra-Performance Direct Drive Motors remind me of Cole Haan shoes. Cole Haan shoes usually are more comfortable than most designer shoes so it seems like they would be the Ultra-Performance Designer shoes.

Cole Haan Shoe

Example of Ultra-Performance Direct Drive Motors:

ultra performance direct drive motor

212mm x 25mm Motor – Fanimation Edgewood Deluxe Ceiling Fan


Stack Motors compare to Michael Kors shoes

The Stack Motor is also a type of direct drive motor. Ceiling fans with Stack Motors are powerful and made with high quality bearings and copper wiring.

Stack Motors have a taller stack of laminate steel than standard direct drive motors which reminds me of Michael Kors shoes because they usually have taller heels.

Michael Kors shoes

Example of Stack Motors:

stack motor

153mm x 18mm Motor – Modern Fan Company Altus Ceiling Fan


Large Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Stuart Weitzman Shoes

Ceiling fans with large standard direct drive motors have a wide stack that produces more torque than standard motors.

Stuart Weitzman’s shoes are reminiscent of Large Standard Direct Motors because they are the standard of Designer shoes. ( In a very good way!)

Stuart Weitzman shoe

Example of Large Standard Direct Drive motor

large standard direct drive motor

172mm x 20mm Motor – Minka-Aire Delano Ceiling Fan


Moderate or Economy Grade Motors are like Trendy Affordable Shoes

Ceiling fans with moderate or economy grade motors are designed with lower prices in mind. These motors are still durable however move noticeably less air than high performance grade and very good performance grade motors.

Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Guess and Nine West Shoes

The Standard Direct Drive Motor is a very common ceiling fan motor in the fan industry. These motors are mostly used in contractor and builder ceiling fans.

Even though these motors have a lower grade than high performance and very good performance motors they are still produce great air flow and are made with high quality materials just like Guess and Nine West shoes.

Guess Shoe

Example of Standard Direct Drive Motors:

standard direct drive motor


153mm x 13mm Motor – Savoy House Builder Specialty Ceiling Fan


I don’t recommended buying a ceiling fan that has less than a moderate or economy grade motor. Ceiling fans with smaller and cheaper motors move less air, wobble and tend to make noise. Just like with shoes the higher quality motor will last a lot longer than a low performing motor and is worth every dollar.