False ceiling fan

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A false ceiling, also known as a dropped ceiling, is a secondary ceiling that hangs beneath the primary ceiling of the room with the help of a metal or wooden frame. Today, false ceilings are a trendy feature of modern architecture owing to their extravagant aesthetic appeal.

False ceilings were originally used to conceal the underside of the floor lying above (electrical wires, light fixtures, air-conditioning ducts, etc.) and to offer an acoustic balance and control in the room. Apart from these, false ceilings are also used for insulation purposes, that is, they keep the room cool during summer and warm in winter. Usually, the distance between the main ceiling and the false ceiling is 8 inches. The area above the dropped ceiling is called plenum.

Although false ceilings enhance the appearance of a room significantly, they bring with them an extra set of challenges. Installing a false ceiling is not a cheap affair. Also, they call for high maintenance costs. Dropped ceilings bring a particular disadvantage when it comes to fans – the distance between the blades and the floor reduces, thus, hampering the performance of the fans to a great extent.

Types Of False Ceilings

  1. Gypsum Plasterboard False Ceiling System

This type of false ceiling fashions a monolithic suspended design. It offers a smooth finish for a beautiful and decorative appearance. Gypsum ceilings are lightweight, fire resistant, and thermally insulated. Depending on what kind of design you would like (curves, steps, etc.), different types of gypsum plasterboard are used, with sizes ranging from 600mm x 600mm and thickness ranging from 9mm to 15mm.

  1. Grid Ceiling System

In this type of false ceiling, the suspended ceiling is created by using metal grid systems that are suspended through a series of metal wires. The grid system can either be concealed or exposed. It comes with an excellent sound reduction and absorption property. In a grid false ceiling system, there is a wide variety of materials (gypsum, mineral fibre, metal, etc.) and texture (smooth, perforated, etc.) to choose from.

  1. Gyptone Ceilings

Gyptone ceilings are specifically designed to provide great acoustic and indoor climates. These ceilings are a combination of intelligent design and technical performance and are very appealing. They are easy to maintain and are very durable. These ceilings deliver an outstanding sound absorption range (0.8 to 0.85).

Types Of False Ceiling Fans

False ceilings are very challenging when it comes to fans. Since these ceilings are crafty, you have to be very particular in choosing the perfect fan depending on the false ceiling type. Generally, the fans used in false ceilings are of two types:

  1. Recessed fans (exhaust type)

Like any other room, a room with a false ceiling also needs proper ventilation and air circulation. But due to the special designs of false ceilings, standard fans cannot function appropriately in rooms with such ceilings. This is where the recessed ceiling fan comes into the picture. These compact and flat fans usually have three to four blades and fit in perfectly within the plenum space. Perfect for large offices, retail showrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms with false ceilings, recessed fans provide excellent cooling, almost as good as an air conditioner without its electricity costs!

  1. Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans have an extensive range of style and designs. There are specially designed ceiling fans available for false ceilings. The blades of these fans are low-angled ones to decrease the power consumption. The higher the angle of the blades, higher is the amount of torque required to rotate the fan, thus, resulting in increased energy consumption. While installing a ceiling fan on a false ceiling, it is essential to carefully decide which place you can install the fan for optimum cooling. Also, make sure to use extra support brackets when mounting a ceiling fan on a dropped ceiling. Since false ceilings are very fancy and elegant, you need to choose a stylish fan to complement it.

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