A ceiling fan can help turn a hot, stuffy room into a pleasant oasis. “The ideal room should have a soft, even temperature,” says Richard Halsall, the CEO of Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fans. He adds that selecting a fan designed to enhance air circulation can help save energy and keep living spaces at a comfortable temperature year-round.
An engineer’s approach. Halsall followed his longtime family tradition by studying engineering, but something else also called to him. “My passion was always flying,” he says. This led to flying in the military and a long career with a commercial airline.
But Halsall remained an engineer at heart, and in 2011 became involved in developing the concept of a bladeless fan. After retiring in 2015, “I immersed myself in perfecting the product and growing what was then a young company into what is now a large-scale production,” he says.
Building a better ceiling fan.
With traditional ceiling fans, temperatures within a room tend to vary. “I realized there was a definitive need to use scientific and engineering principles to find ways to stabilize a room’s overall temperature,” Halsall says. He worked with his team to design a bladeless fan that would move the air evenly throughout a room rather than creating cold and hot spots. “It should be like a constant gentle sea breeze,” he says.
Thinking about installing a ceiling fan in your home? Check out Halsall’s tips below.
1. Go With the Flow
Choose a fan that will disperse air throughout the entire room rather than one that simply pushes air down in a column. “Circulating air in a lateral motion is more comfortable,” Halsell says.
In the Miami living room seen here, the fan is centered on the ceiling, ensuring that the air will circulate efficiently from ceiling to floor throughout the room. The low-profile style also blends beautifully with the room’s traditional look.
2. Emphasize Efficiency
Look for energy-efficient features, such as the fan’s ability to reach a desired temperature quickly and then hold it. “You want to be able to set your air conditioning or heating system to the temperature you want, then turn it off and let the fan keep the room at that temperature to help save energy,” Halsall says.
Maintaining a constant temperature in an open floor plan, such as in the Brooklyn, New York, home seen here, is key when room temperatures vary, especially within a kitchen area. The dimmable LED lights and direct-current motor also help lower energy bills.
3. Keep It Simple
Prioritize a fan that is easy to use and maintain. The owners of the home seen here wanted to be able to activate the fan from the comfort of the couch, so a remote control was essential.
Another priority for the homeowners was ease of maintenance, because the room’s high ceiling and exposed beams make tasks such as cleaning the fan and changing lightbulbs more challenging. A long-handled duster or a vacuum hose set near the running fan will do the trick. “The design also helps keep dirt from caking, as it does on the edges of a bladed fan,” Halsall says. And the fan’s LED lights have a run time of up to 250,000 hours, minimizing the number of changes needed.