Why do fans not have their decibel levels specified? Fanzart explains

Ever switched off your fan in a virtual meeting cause it’s too noisy? Or perhaps you have can’t concentrate due to those pesky squeaks, while trying in vain to adjust to the noise caused by the whirring of those darn fan blades.

You have probably purchased a few fans in your life, but we are sure that you have never seen a fan with its decibel level specified. This is because manufacturers are not mandated to specify this commonly ignored problem, and most fan companies choose to leave highlighting this annoying feature about fans. After all, ceiling fan manufacturers want to claim their fans are quiet, but they are not under any legislation to prove this. Quiet is a somewhat subjective or relative term when it comes to ceiling fans since there is no mention of dB (decibels) to back up any claims that are made.

So how noisy can a fan get? Depending on the type of noise, fan noises can go above 70 decibels, though most would claim that they do not cross 60 dB. To put things in perspective, that is equivalent to a loud conversation, the kind that interrupts your thoughts!

There can be different kinds of noises a ceiling fan can emit. Noise will vary by fan type, flow rate, pressure, and fan efficiency. Other factors such as walls, floors, ceilings, and other equipment will have an effect on noise reflection and absorption to varying degrees as well.

The root cause of this mechanical or electrical as broad classification. The following can be a few types of noise, that you should be cognizant about:

1. Humming Noise (A low-frequency sound, mostly emitted in low voltage conditions)
2. Click Noise (Will sound like a mouse click, repetitive in nature)
3. Grinding Noise (The mechanical wear sound)
4. Intermittent (Noise in the pattern)

Important factors we consider when rating a fan:

Motor Size and Quality: Larger, higher quality motors will run smooth and quiet, while smaller lower quality motors may make buzzing or clicking sounds.

DC Motors: Ceiling Fans with DC Motors use the latest technology and run cooler and quieter than conventional AC ceiling fan motors because they have permanent magnets that do not generate any electrical buzz.

More Substantial Components: Thicker, sturdier materials tend to deaden noise. Thin sheet metal tends to vibrate and amplify noise. Quiet fans generally are made from some type of cast material such as zinc or resin instead of stamped sheet metal, which is common in lower-end fans.

Sturdy Mounting Hardware: When a fan is mounted securely, it tends to run quieter, so we take into consideration the design of the mounting system.

Balance: How precisely components are manufactured has a direct impact on how well balanced the fan will be, and therefore, how smooth and quiet it will run. Any part that spins can be outbalanced, such as the motor, the blades, or the blade holders.

Manufacturers may or may not ensure these things are balanced depending on the level of quality they are shooting for in a particular model they produce.

It is especially difficult to judge this online, which is why trusted brands of fans like Fanzart come to your rescue. Our unique whisper-quiet technology is literally as quiet as a whisper. Not only this, but they are also energy-efficient and have other unique features like the summer-winter feature , which can keep your room warm during the winters and cool during the summers. Some of our fans come with a dedicated fan remote too! We recommend scheduling a free consultation with our fan experts to know which type of fan would best suit your home.
So embrace art for your ceilings, and have a fanztastic day today.