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Ceiling fans for hotel & catering industry

Ceiling fans are a wonderful option to add more sophistication and style to the interior, however their application is not exclusively limited to residential environments. Hotels, cafés and nightclubs profit from these devices, seeing that they provide cooling to visitors, create a cosy atmosphere or reduce heating costs. In stark contrast to expensive air conditioning systems a ceiling fan offers eco-friendly and demand-oriented cooling.


Pleasant indoor climate in hotels

Summer time means peak season for restaurants and hotels. Proper indoor climate is part of customer service. Simply opening windows and doors has little to no effect, in fact it does not take too long until the inside of the establishment has become just as hot as the outside. The presence of air conditioning and fans are actually a decisive factor for customers and guests. Being able to provide cooling for your grateful guests is already an advantage over businesses that do not offer anything to refresh their guests.

Hotels and restaurant owners can choose between fans and air conditioning systems. The installation of air conditioning systems is a complex and costly matter in comparison to putting up ceiling fans. For that reason ceiling fans are usually the better option in culinary establishments and hotels, since several rooms have to be equipped. Ceiling fans do not consume much power, require little to no maintenance and are easy to clean, without any need for replacement filters. Furthermore, additional lighting or a stylish fan design hold the potential of creating a certain mood and atmosphere. In any case a ceiling fan is a functional and decorative improvement of your guest area.

Our tip: Ceiling fans a DC motor have about 3-6 Watt power consumption on low speed, on the highest setting the wattage amounts to 30 to 45 Watt (including light).

In tropical regions with increased humidity and more than 100 very hot days per year hoteliers cannot go completely without an AC system. Their operational noise however might be perceived as disturbing at night by some guests. Whilst trying to adjust the performance it is likely that inexperienced hotel guests change the temperature too much and then feel too cold as a result. The better alternative is to run the air conditioning during the day when the holidaymakers are gone for daytrips and tours, and then turn the ceiling fan on instead at night. This saves costs for electricity on one hand, on the other hand your guests will enjoy undisturbed sleep thanks to quiet direct current ceiling fans.

Application of ceiling fans

At home or in professional environments, ceiling fans first and foremost serve the purpose of cooling. The circulated air softly sweeps across the sweaty skin of the guests, generating an effect known as evaporative cooling. The temperature in the room itself is not changing, however the cooling on the skin is noticeably more comfortable. In sanitary installations or on top of the kitchen counter a fan is a useful addition, too. With the windows open, air is exchanged much faster which is beneficial for the extraction of unpleasant odour. In areas with high humidity we recommend IP-rated fans. Outdoor ceiling fans can be applied in conservatories, on the patio or underneath a pergola.

Ceiling fan in the hotel & restaurant business:

  • Dining hall, restaurant, lounge
  • Smoker’s room, bar, nightclub
  • Gym, spa
  • Damp rooms, swimming pool
  • Foyer, front desk, waiting room
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Patio, conservatory, (covered) outdoor areas
  • Wooden guesthouse, holiday home
  • Boutiques, shops
  • Guestroom, bungalow

⇨ Ceiling fans of all shapes and sizes can be used in the restaurant industry. The only crucial factor is that performance and fan diameter are appropriate for the room size, ceiling height and type of use of the room. In case of doubt it is recommended to opt for a bigger fan, it can always run on low speed. If the ceiling fan is too small in relation to the room, the desired cooling effect is not achieved. Click for a guide to the “Ideal size of a ceiling fan“

Ambience and ceiling fans

Our shop offers a huge selection in various designs to ensure that every manager and business owner will find an ideal match for the premises. The designs of ceiling fans cover everything from a tropical look with blades made of palm leaves to casual chic fans in stainless steel as well as traditional designs with antique brass finishes and mahogany blades. A neutral fan in white or stainless steel is a suitable choice for a diner or convenience restaurant whereas a model with colour blades comes into its own in a nightclub or ice cream parlour. If you want to enhance a high-quality and classy atmosphere, opt for a model that combines wood and metal. We also offer unsual and unique shapes, colours and design elements in our shop. As you can see, nothing stands in your way of furnishing special, themed interiors.

⇨ Overview of common fan designs
Reversible blades (different colour on the front and back) and add-on light kits make the ceiling fan more individual. In cafés and restaurants a ceiling fan with lights is generally a good choice, because they provide lighting, look appealing and create a cosy atmosphere. Lighting is a great way of generating a certain prevalent mood and ambience in culinary establishments. Rooms that are designed to invite guests to stay, relax and enjoy do not need to be as brightly lit as office spaces, studios or the like. A lantern on the table or single standard lamps complement the ceiling light.

Saving costs with fans

In the winter heating costs in hotels, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs tend to be high. Due to the entrance door being opened and closed frequently - sometimes even staying open – cold air is streaming in. As the principles of physics dictate, warm air will always rise upwards and accumulate at the ceiling, meaning the lower area of the room stays cold. The radiator or fireplace must then be fired up constantly to ensure the area stays warm and cosy at all times.

The problem can be reduced by running the ceiling fan on the winter setting. The air is circulated in a way that forces the warm air down from the ceiling so that it can mix with the cold layer of air on the ground. The indoor temperature will gradually even out. This entire process results in a considerable cut of money spent on heating costs. The customers will be thankful for a pleasant indoor temperature. If the fan is adjusted to the right setting, there will be no disagreeable draught. In this context we would also like to point out our special TDA fans for heat recovery in industrial and commercial environments like halls and factory buildings.

Controlling the fan

The perception of temperatures of humans does not only vary based on fat reserves in the body, in fact it also depends on habit. Modern ceiling fans come with up to six different speeds in forward and in reverse. The guest can regulate the climate in the room with a wall controller, remote control kit or simple pull cords as much as he or she desires.

If the ceiling fan is mounted in restaurants and catering businesses or a function room, it only makes sense to hand over the task of operating the fan to the employees. Pull cords might be decorative, but it can be quite irritating if guests use them, change the fan speed, turn the lights on and off, or just play around with a device they might not be familiar with. The use of a remote control offers more convenience, however it holds certain risks, too. On one hand it might be misplaced or accidentally put in a pocket, on the other hand it can also fall down and break as a result of careless handling.

In public spaces the use of a wall controller is recommended. The controller is inserted into the existing light switch on the wall. The controller has a rotary switch for the regulation of the fan speeds as well as a separate switch for the lighting. If the light switch is already used for ceiling light fittings that you want to keep additionally to the ceiling fan, the fan wall controller must be set up separately.

In long, rectangular rooms with high ceilings is proven advantageous to position several ceiling fans in an alternating, staggered way. Owners of hotels and culinary establishments should consider whether they want to be able to control the fans individually or together. Several fans (in different rooms) can be synchronised by using a single speed controller. The connection diagram for this is rather difficult to design though, so it is always better to have the installation done by a licensed professional.