Ceil­ing Fans Ten five-star brands tested – all en­ergy-ef­fi­cient but air de­liv­ery mostly be­low par

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

In In­dia, ceil­ing fans are the largest end-use ap­pli­ance in the res­i­den­tial sec­tor. For so many of us from be­fore the ‘cool­ers and air con­di­tion­ers’ era, the ceil­ing fan was as ubiq­ui­tous as the wall— or the ceil­ing—in the house. It was a generic prod­uct that we did not think twice about. It was just, well, there (un­less you were a poet or a writer who could con­jure up many al­ter­nate vi­sions for the ceil­ing fan whirring on a drowsy In­dian sum­mer af­ter­noon). Who re­ally com­pared the per­for­mances of ceil­ing fans? Come to think of it, a comparative test on ceil­ing fans may seem to be a waste of re­sources and time, since it would have a fore­gone con­clu­sion. Af­ter all, isn’t it a stan­dard prod­uct serv­ing a very ba­sic func­tion? Yet, just to give an ex­am­ple, with the mil­lions of ceil­ing fans sold an­nu­ally in In­dia, think of the huge amount of elec­tric­ity be­ing con­sumed and think of the po­ten­tial sav­ings in elec­tri­cal en­ergy that can be re­alised with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mo­tors. The tests con­ducted by the team only con­sid­ered ceil­ing fans with five stars (en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency rat­ing as­signed by Bureau of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency, BEE, as per which five


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