The ceiling fan is the most ignored angel of our lives. We always take it for granted. Come inside the room switch it on and just ignore it. Yes, that’s what we do with our lovely ever serving ceiling fan. Jokes and philosophy apart, have any of us given a serious thought on how a ceiling fan works so tirelessly and efficiently.
Well, that’s what we are going to discuss today. How does a heavy duty domestic appliance like a ceiling fan actually work? Before we jump on to the details lets dig into the history of ceiling fans a bit. The first generation of ceiling fans was not even powered by electricity.
Yes, you heard it right they were not powered by electricity but were powered by a stream of running water. These ceiling fans were rotated by using a belt-like apparatus which was moved by a water turbine. The electrically powered fan which we see today was invented by Philip Diehl in the year 1882.
How does the fan work?
The electric motor in the ceiling fan is the soul of this appliance. This motor is responsible for converting the electrical energy into mechanical energy which moves the fan for circulating the air. A fan’s motor essentially has a capacitor and a lot of metal wire coiled to a metal base.
When the current reaches this coil a magnetic field is generated making the coil apparatus move in a clockwise direction. This movement of coils is then transferred into the fan blades hence converting electrical energy into mechanical energy. This sums up the basic working principle of a ceiling fan.