Ten five-star brands tested – all energy-efficient but air delivery mostly below par
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 Consumer Voice team only considered ceiling fans with five stars (energy-efficiency rating assigned by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, BEE, as per which five stars denote highest efficiency and one star the least). Thus, with energy efficiency as the basic starting point, the tests evaluate 10 leading brands of ceiling fans on parameters that decode their goodness in terms of performance, quality and safety.
The test programme was based on IS: 374–1979 – specifications for electric ceiling-type fans and regulators. The standard sizes of ceiling fans covered here are 900 mm, 1,050 mm, 1,200 mm, 1,400 mm and 1,500 mm. The test programme, though, was limited to 1,200 mm fans – the most commonly used fans – with BEE ratings of five stars. These fans are the regular, non-decorative models with three blades. The tests were conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory. The following report will tell you a thing or two about important criteria like air delivery, service value, power consumption, and electrical and mechanical safety. We also considered parameters like silent operation, net weight, and design.
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In April this year, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV of PSUs under the ministry of power, launched a pilot project called National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Andhra Pradesh. Under this project, two energy-efficient fans are provided to each consumer at Rs 60 a month per fan on EMI basis. The EMI amount will be added to the consumer’s electricity bill for two years. With the usage of these 50 watts, BEE 5-star-rated ceiling fans, it is estimated that a consumer’s electricity bills will reduce by about Rs 700 to Rs 730 per year. Therefore, the cost recovery of purchasing these fans is less than two years. These fans are 30 per cent more energy-efficient as compared to conventional fans, which range from 75 watts to 80 watts.
Side by Side comparison
This includes following Tests: Air Delivery | Service Value | Power Input | Starting and Running | Speed | Power Factor
Safety and General Performance
Marking/LabellingThe container of ceiling fan shall be marked with the following particulars: a) Manufacturer’s name, trade name (if any) and number b) Rated voltage(s)/voltage range c) Type of fan, AC or DC d) Frequency/frequency range of power supply e) Air delivery f) Size of fan g) Country of manufacture
Other important information to be provided by the Manufacturer covers MRP (in Rs), manufacturing/packing date, standard mark (if any), and warrantee/guarantee. The package shall also include an instruction manual and a warrantee/guarantee card.
All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual. Packaging
As per Indian Standards, ceiling fans should be packed in strong cardboard box to avoid damage during transportation.
All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
- Manufacturer’s name, trade name (if any) and number
- Rated voltage(s)/voltage range
- Type of fan, AC or DC
- Frequency/frequency range of power supply
- Air delivery
- Size of fan
- Country of manufacture
Other important information to be provided by the Manufacturer covers MRP (in Rs), manufacturing/ packing date, standard mark (if any), and warrantee/guarantee. The package shall also include an instruction manual and a warrantee/guarantee card.