Misconceptions About Ceiling Fans

Misconceptions About Ceiling Fans

From Superfan, India’s first super energy efficient ceiling fan

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Ceiling fans are the primary space cooling appliance in India. Ceiling fans may seem like a simple concept, but like everything else in the world, there are misconceptions and myths. Here are some common misconceptions and myths about ceiling fans.

Ceiling Fans Cool The Room

No! Ceiling fans don’t alter room temperature. It promotes air circulation and has no control over room temperature. The chillness we feel when under a ceiling fan is because it escalates the evaporation of our sweat.

BLDC / Super Energy-Efficient Fans Deliver Less Air

No! Superfan delivers the same 230 CMM as any other 1200mm ceiling fan like Crompton HS, Usha racer, etc but consumes only 35 W (56% lesser power consumption).  This seed of misconception was sewn by low-quality energy efficient ceiling fans designed by large brands in the early 2000s.

Yes! The efficiency of a fan tells you how well it is performing. Superfan is super energy efficient and 5 stars rated, which means it moves more air for one watt. We mention the airflow and the energy rating of the fan on the label.

BLDC Fans Are Less Reliable

No! top BLDC brands like Superfan, Atomberg (Gorilla) fans, Jupiter have equal or better reliability than regular ceiling fans. In the 7 years of selling BLDC ceiling fans, we have not observed even one motor-coil burning. The only failure in a BLDC fan would be the electronics, which is easily replaced.

It is that at a lower speed, fans consume lesser power. For instance, Superfan consumes only 14W at speed step 3 while the regular fans consume 28 W at speed step 3.

The Efficiency Of The Fan Decreases With Time

Yes, as the life of ceiling fans increases, its efficiency decreases. This is because of the wear and tear of the mechanical parts like bearings and electrical components like capacitors. A regular fan that consumes 75W normally consumes up to 20% more when it ages. With a Superfan, power consumption may increase about the same 10% as it ages.  We can extend the same to any BLDC fans.

A Ceiling Fan Can Decapitate You

No! They have proven this myth to be false by a TV series called Myth-busters in 2004. If a person stands so close to a spinning fan, he might get a small incision. So, relax!

You Don’t Need Ceiling Fans If You Have An Air Conditioning System

Using a BLDC ceiling fan with AC reduces electricity consumption while maintaining the same thermal comfort. When you set the AC at a 27-degree setting and use a BLDC ceiling fan at speed step 2 along, the comfort will be the same as in 24-degrees AC setting. This is because the ceiling provides a breeze effect and add the evaporative cooling phenomenon besides the environmental cooling effect delivered by the AC. Aa regular ceiling fan will provide the same breeze effect but its motor will heat and reduce the environmental cooling effect by the AC. Whereas a BLDC motor does not heat as much and also consumes 60% less power at speed 2.

Anti-dust Ceiling Fans!

There is no perfect anti-dust fan in the market. The anti-dust coating reduces the accumulation of dust but still collects dust like any other fan. It is a marketing gimmick by many brands in the fan industry. As Superfan is a technology company, we are working on finding a dust-free solution that works.

Larger Motors Are Not Always Efficient

Yet another common misconception is larger motors are more powerful and they deliver more air! Motor size does not determine the efficiency or air delivery. The power drawn by the motor should be less while delivering the same output. Sometimes compact motors are multiple times powerful than larger motors. The efficiency class of the motor is the right determinant and not the size!

20 thoughts on “Misconceptions About Ceiling Fans

  1. I completely agree on the last topic(germ-free).Its completely a marketing trick. But i suggest that somewhere superfan should create awareness about the myth in marketing.

    Nice Blog!!

  2. I wish to place order for 5 Nos 1400 mm BLDC Fans, can u tell me why I should go for Superfan, whereas other brands gorrila, atomberg and established top brands are also available in market. Thanks and Regards,

    1. Dear Rajesh Jatana, we are very excited that you considered buying Superfan. At Superfan, we wish to have a long-standing and strong bond with our SuperFans. We promise you 56% power savings, 5 years of warranty and friendly support. This is what, differentiating us from others majorly! Technically, we own the technology through patents and hence we could easily fix difficulties faced, right away. Also, we could customise the fans based on your requirements. Please read India’s Most Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans? to know why Superfan is the best choice!

      1. Thanks for replying quickly. Since I am based at Kapurthala (Pb) , in case of requiring any service during 5 yrs warranty period , how could I avail service for my ceiling fan , I mean where are your service centers in Punjab as servicing remain very important point for buying any item . Thanks and regards

        1. Do not fret dear SuperFan! Our ceiling fans are built to last for a long time. In such an unfortunate situation, we promise you that we will arrange the necessary repairing services. Our service engineers will be right on their heels to solve the fault. We have exciting news for you, we’ll be in Punjab very soon!

  3. I admire you for not hesitating to mention the names of your competitors when like Atomberg & Jupiter when it comes to say about top brands which shows that you believe in a healthy competition.

    1. Thank you for the admiration. We believe in serving society with sustainable products and every day we are striving to deliver the best. Our intention is to build a relationship with our customers in the long-term based on honesty and reliability. Our blogs reflect the same core values we believe in.

  4. 1. Can you throw some light on how superfans are environmental friendly when their life is over. 2. I have working old fans which are 30 year old , how do I recycle them ? Do you take them in exchange?

    1. Dear SuperFan, we are glad that you asked this question. Superfans are environmentally friendly because of various reasons that include:
      1. Power savings which eventually reduce the carbon emissions
      2. No plastics involved in the packaging of the product
      3. The e-waste during the manufacturing process is properly recycled or disposed

      If you have an old ceiling fan, you can scrap the entire fan as it is. Sorry, at the moment in Superfan we do not have any exchange policy for ceiling fans.

      1. Hello.. Im almost convinced in replacing all the conventional type fans with bldc.. The only thing which stops me is the electronics part and the serviceability. In fact I have suffered a lot with board problems in inverters ac’s which made to go with fixed compressor ac’s henceforth. How reliable is the electronic board in superfans and how much does it cost for replacement. Your answer might help me to book superfan at the earliest

        1. First of all, wishes to you in deciding to replace conventional fans with BLDC fans! Secondly, we are very happy that you are considering Superfan. Regarding the electronic board issues, yes we agree it is prevalent in all BLDC ceiling fans. But if you choose Superfan, you need not worry for at least the next 5 years. We will take care, all Superfan models come with 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. We have testimonials that say Superfans are running for years together without any problems. After the period of warranty, if there is a failure we will help you replace only the electronic board with a minimum amount (cost of the board). We will be in the clouds if you decide to buy a Superfan today!

  5. Dear Sir,

    I have purchased 3 fans in Dec 2019. out of these one fan failed on 1st Nov 2020 at 9 pm. I have raised the complaint on 2nd Nov ealry in the orning at 9 am as I haven’t my sleep becoz I am staying in Mumbai (such a humid city).

    After contacting with so many numbers and talking and chatting on whats App with so many people (almost 6 times I have called) and till now i.e. 3rd Nov 2020 at 4:23 pm issue is not resolved.

    I am not expecting such service in Metro cities from company like SUPERFAN.

    Sampat Thombare
    Address – X47/49, Godrej Station Side colony, Vikhroli East Mumbai – 400079

    1. Dear SuperFan, we are sorry! Your complaint is noticed. We will reach you shortly. Please let us find a way of solving the issue immediately.

  6. I am an Electronic Engineer working in Oil & Gas field and is well aware of the failure problems faced by customers with PCBs. The technology is available to use for avoiding the failure. But it is the cost which is the deciding factor. Most of the BLDC fans now in market have not run for long innings. Sorry to say so. But it is a fact today that most of the technology is replacement and for short term( you replace your 25000 rs phone in 2 years). there is no long term usage policy in place. Our 50 years old fans are still in use without any problem at my place. Is Super fan giving warranty on PCB? Do you have any models without Remote control? And what is the serivce centre strength in Mumbai?

    1. Dear Mr Abhay,

      Thanks for the comment, we appreciate it. Superfan is the only BLDC fan that has been running in the field since January 2013, as we are the inventors of BLDC motor-based ceiling fan. So there are Superfans in the field that have run more than the warranty period.

      You are correct about the robustness of appliances that do not electronic components. Superfan offers a 5-year warranty on the motor (which includes the electronic hardware and electromagnetics). We have an office with a service engineer and a service network in Mumbai.

      You have to view the cost with the value. The higher cost of BLDC fans(say 1500Rs) would be saved through your electricity bill in about 18 months. Our warranty covers the fan for 3 more years, which is would be additional savings of about 2500-3000Rs, so customers do get value from choosing BLDC fans. We have designed the fan to be operational for a minimum of 20 years. After the warranty, the electronics hardware(PCB) can be bought for about 750Rs, which would be about 9 months of electricity savings.

      If you are concerned about the environment, then you reduce about 1 ton of CO2 emission and about 1500 litres of water pollution in 5 years by replacing one inefficient fan with a BLDC fan. Which are an immeasurable value for our kids and the subsequent generations.

      Our failed PCBs are disposed of by professional e-waste companies.

      Superfan has the least import content so the majority of the money you spend stays within our country.

      Yes, we do have regulator-based fans, which are sold directly by us only.

      Hope this answers all your questions. Thanks again for your valuable time.

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