Fans are one thing that a home in the tropical country will need, and you may even have a few of them, either table top ones, or floor standing.
They can be purely utilitarian, or they can come in fancy designs. Sometimes, you find a fan which combines both form and function, and to top it off, it is also energy efficient.
In choosing a fan, you will need to decide which of the above matters more, and also take into account your budget before making a decision.
The cheapest are table fans, which are simple, cheap and portable. The downside is a lack of power and may not suit your decor, and many come only in a standard design.
There are some retro options:
And some of the retro theme stores locally will also carry them. Ironically the price is higher for these, and if you compare to the 30-80$ for the basic ones, these usually cost 50-100% more.
As for floorstanding fans, they usually come with timers and are more powerful. Some even come with remote controls.
Bear in mind, the more fancy it is, and if it relies solely on the remote, losing that or if the touch pad spoils, then the fan is rendered useless. So if you just want a simple and reliable design, go mechanical and leave out all the frills.
The latest designs are bladeless, but these tend to be noisy and expensive. So check them out and see if it is what you want.
Ceiling fans are powerful, and they don't take up floor space, and some also come with remote controls. You can even install a light with the fan. There are a myriad of designs to suit different decors, and you can mix and match different designs and colors, with various types of lighting too.
Point to note:
Noise levels - this differs greatly and you should test the fan at all speeds to see if it is noisy, especially if you are using it in your bedroom.
Stability - will it shake violently - that's why it's important to see it in action
Lights - check if the control of the lights and fan include all the functions you want, and can you turn them on and off individually.
Mounting of the remote: you may want to have the mount near the door or entrance of the room or have the remote next to your bedside.
Energy consumption : this differs greatly so check again.
Ceiling height and the fan stem length - if you live in a flat with a low ceiling of < 2.8m, use the 40cm stem, but if you have a higher ceiling you can use either the 60cm or even longer stem.
Shadowing and blade clearance:
When you plan, make sure that the blades will not come into contact with any false ceiling, but you will need to avoid a situation where the blades are so long that it causes flickering due to the shadows it casts when it blocks off the light rays from adjacent ceiling or uplights.
If you are planning a home theatre system, make sure the fan is quiet and the stem of the fan does not block the light path of the projector. Also ensure that the string for changing fan speed does not get in the way, or shakes too much.
Some of the better brands include KDK (limited lighting options), Crester (Korean), Hitachi and many others.
Choose according to your budget, the type of design to suit the general theme of your home, and it can accentuate your home.
This fan is Kiwi in origin, and is currently owned by Big Ass Fan Company who have bought over the the Haiku but the origin of the fan is definitely NOT American despite their ads.
The key selling points for this fan, are it's design, which looks like a seagull in flight, the silent operation and the very low energy consumption.
It is capable of using less than 10% of the other fans, and yet remains quite powerful.
There is a remote, and an LED light and a beep on the fan indicate a response when you turn it on, but a nice touch is that the LED light turns off after a few seconds.
It comes in a few colors and even has a bamboo blade design.
The main issue is that the price locally has increased significantly from less than $600 last year to almost $1000 these days.
Buy this fan, because the design is sleek and it helps that it consumes less energy and is so silent in operation.
Do take note that the installation is not simple, there are four attachment points and you need to make sure your installer is familiar with this model and can do a good job without the fan shaking violently when it is in operation.
The blurb from the website:
The average ENERGY STAR® residential fan utilizes 65 W of electrical input power. In contrast, Haiku fans only use 2 to 30 W, exceeding the ENERGY STAR requirements for watts per CFM by 450 to 750%. In a typical year, Haiku would use about 50kWh, for a cost of around $5.