Ceiling Fans are very sustainable because they can provide cool air for your home during the summer and distribute the heat during winter. They are also energy-saving and cost-efficient compared to other alternative appliances. However, the debate continues whether they are good or bad feng shui in our homes.
Ceiling fans get a bad rap. Many Feng Shui practitioners claim that having a ceiling fan can disrupt your sleep and can cause health and mental issues like nausea, agitation, and irritability. Additionally, ceiling fans are conductors of electricity making them a fire element. This fact made others believe that it is cutting chi energy. Also, the blades and circular motion are believed to create "killing chi" with its downward spiraling energy.
But that is not the case. In fact, quiet, unobtrusive ceiling fans keep healthy Chi circulating and create good Feng Shui and cool down your space. The use of this type of air regulator can also help you save more money, not only due to its energy-saving feature but also because they are not too expensive (compared to an air-conditioning unit). But you do need to be aware of several issues when it comes to the Feng Shui of ceiling fans. Some of the issues you must always keep in mind are:
Placement of Ceiling Fan
For a good feng shui in your home, you must always be cautious of all your items’ placements. Therefore, your items are not inherently a good or bad feng shui rather it becomes either one depending on where you position it. One thing you must plan out is the proper place to install your ceiling fan.
While ceiling fans help the good energy to circulate, placing it in the wrong position might cause an unlikely result. The most basic rule in your ceiling fan’s placement is that it must never be directly located above any resting places. The most common resting places in a home are:
The Sofa in Your Living Room
Your sofa is probably your most frequent resting place after arriving from work when you are still too tired to change your clothes. This is also where your family usually loves to relax. Avoid placing your ceiling fan directly above your sofa as it is believed to give conflicts in your relationships.
The Dining Table
Having your fans installed and whirling restlessly directly above you while eating feels unappetizing. Aside from the cutting chi factor, dirt and specks of dust can accumulate on your ceiling fans. The dirt can fall on your meals. How horrifying could that be?
Most ceiling fans emit loud noise that will most likely give you a hard time sleeping well. It is also uncomfortable to sleep, especially with large ceiling fans above you. According to Feng Shui, when you sleep, there must only be one thing above you and that is— the ceiling.
Nevertheless, it is totally fine to install your ceiling fan in your resting places. Take note that it is only bad if you place it directly above your head. Try installing it near these places where you can still feel the breeze.
Avoid Low-Hanging Ceiling Fan
From a Feng Shui perspective, when a fan hangs too low it creates unseen pressures, similar to those of beams or a slanted ceiling overhead. You generally feel uncomfortable subconsciously knowing that a big object is right above you. You may feel as if the blades can hit and hurt you. Even worse, you feel your head might be cut off if you walked underneath it! This might sound like something that can only happen in a movie, but there is always a possibility.
By contrast, the large fan in the photo above is mounted nice and high in the space: the occupants will never feel threatened by its twirling blades, while the photo below has a fan that is rather placed too low and it feels very unsafe.
I heartily recommend the installation of ceiling fans in your home or office, asking you first of all to make sure it can be hung high enough to be safe and withdrawn. A way of knowing that your ceiling fan is mounted high enough is to let the tallest man stand up directly below your turned-off fan. Let him put his arms up and measure the space between his fingers and the ceiling fan. Take note that the space must be at least a foot long and should never be lower.
Nonadjustable Built-in Lights
However, these are only true when the lights in your fan are nonadjustable. Having too dim lights can be bad for your eyes while having very bright nonadjustable lights can also ruin your home’s Feng Shui. If you have adjustable lights in your ceiling fan, you can set it to a relatively mild projection so it will not affect the Chi energy being circulated by your fan.
For true comfort and productivity — and good Feng Shui — every room needs adjustable ambient and task lighting such as table lamps, sconces, and torchieres. But if you want to save money and buy a light-mounted ceiling fan, make sure the light is adjustable and is not directed above the fan as this can create circulating shadows that are dizzy to look at.
Use Appropriate Colors
In choosing your ceiling fan, you must consider buying colors that are good for Feng Shui. Dark-colored fans can give out a heavy feeling in your home. On the contrary, ceiling fans with light or neutral colors give an uplifting vibe.
This is also true with home designers because it helps them create or design a nice ambiance. Having your items or appliances almost the same color as the walls or ceiling can make the space appear larger. The ceiling fans near your resting places must have a neutral and soothing color, which is believed to promote relaxation and sleep.
Taking account of every issue could be overwhelming but there is an easy way to know if there is something wrong with your fans. In making sure your ceiling fans are giving your home a positive energy, assess them regularly with these criteria:
- Is it mounted high enough?
- Was it installed safely and securely?
- Does it regulate air properly?
- Does it help me relax well at home?
- Does it give comfort?
If your answer to all of these is yes; Then congratulations! Your ceiling fans are giving your home a good feng shui.