When you come home from outside on a summer day, turn the switch on and sit under the fan; cool air comes down, and you relax within a few minutes. This is a common scenario. Most people are familiar with the basic concept of ceiling fans, but have you ever imagine what makes them tick?
Ceiling fans became the most widely used and efficient cooling system since Philip Diehl invented the first electric ceiling fan in 1882. Latter, he upgrades his invention by adding a light kit with a small fan motor.
At that time, the ceiling fan was not developed massively from the original idea. But now, the technology and style had changed, and this equipment became one of the most popular household appliances.
Whether you want your space to be enhanced by a decorative fan, save money on your energy bill, or make your room seem colder in summer or warmer in winter, the ceiling is the best choice for you.
If you are curious to know how actually a ceiling fan work? Read this article to learn the basic principle of an electrical motor.
How does it work?
When we turn on the switch and the fan starts to move the air around the room, most of us don’t give it much thought. The question is, how does it work?
When you turn on the switch, an electrical current is generated and flows to the motor. The motor has a wire-wrapped base, and electricity flows to the coil of the wire. Then it generates a magnetic charge that starts turning the motor, which is then transferred to the blades in a clockwise direction.
It starts moving the air and pushing it down. On your fan, there is a direction switch. You can change the direction, but let’s focus on blowing air down for now.
How the Ceiling Fan Cools?
The fan does not actually cool the air. It just makes it feel cooler. And what I mean is that in the winter, when you hear the weatherman talk about the wind chill, it means that the warm air around your body is being blown away.
As a result, the temperature outside appears to be cooler. The same thing occurs when you turn on your ceiling fan. When the ceiling fan is turned on, your body radiates heat. It works by forcing air down and away from your skin, removing the hot layer of air that surrounds it. As a result, the room feels cooler. It doesn’t actually cool the temperature anymore.
In winter, it feels better in the room when the fan is on. It takes the hot air from the ceiling in the wintertime and blows it down into the rest of the room where you are. After a while, it’ll circulate all the air, the hot air down and the cold air back up, and the whole room has a nice even temperature with the fan on.
A ceiling fan consists of different parts and they have different jobs:
- The mother of a ceiling fan is the motor that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, and then the motor start rotating.
- Another required part is the blade that creates air movement.
- Metal arms that hold the blades and connect with the rotating part of the fan.
- The rotor is located at the centre of the motor coil.
- A downrod extend the length of the fan from the ceiling. For a high ceiling, you need a downrod. How long downrod you need depends on the ceiling height.
- A motor housing is the outer body of a ceiling fan that encases the motor.
- Various components such as wires, capacitors, and switches are hidden and protected by a switch cup.
- Pull chain are used to operate the fan. You can adjust the speed and turn the fan on and off using the pull chain.
- Different types of lamps are the optional part of a ceiling fan. Some lights are used for decorative purposes, and some are for lighting. This is an additional feature that provides you with extra advantages.
Ceiling fans are a must-have piece of home decor. It helps cool our rooms on hot days and keeps them warm in the winter. It’s so essential that most people don’t give it a second thought. I hope this article helps you to understand how a ceiling fan motor works.