Ceiling Fan Review by: Greg Tillotson
Take a close look at the specifications between the 5 similar fans below and you will see that the Westinghouse 7861400 Industrial ceiling fan underperforms in nearly all aspects of important specifications. Noteably is the lack of airflow compared to the other fans with a mere 6254 CFM compared to the 10649 CFM produced by the 60" Emerson Heat Fan. Even the Emerson Loft, which is rated for use in both residential and industrial applications, produces more airflow than the Westinghouse fan (which is for industrial use only).
The only notable difference in which the Westinghouse fan compares better is the price, which is substantially less than the other fans. The low price indicates that lesser quality components are used to make up the fan, which explains the lack of performance.
Because the Westinghouse 78614 series fans only have a single capacitor, you can expect them to be noisier as well. Very few fans on the market today use a single capacitor as opposed to a triple capacitor, but this is one way that less expensive more generic brands cut back on the cost of components in order to keep the price under $100.00. If you are planning to put a fan in a sound sensitive area, it is important to have a triple capacitor.
Overall, the Westinghouse 7861400 industrial series ceiling fans are not the best choice. The exception would be for those who are on such a budget that limits the price of the fan to the cheapest available
For industrial applications, I recommend the 60" Emerson HF1160 heat fan and for residential applications where a clean contemporary or industrial looking ceiling fan fits the decor I suggest the 60" Emerson Loft. The extra dollars you pay for these better quality products will be worth it when you feel the cooling breeze and enjoy the smooth quiet "wobble-free" operation.
60" Heat Fan
56" Heat Fan
56" Industrial Fan
|Efficiency||118 CFM/Watt||95 CFM/Watt||95 CFM/Watt||87 CFM/Watt||104 CFM/Watt|
|Motor||188mm x 25mm||188mm x 15mm||188mm x 15mm||188mm x 22mm||153mm x 17mm|
|Blade Pitch||Airfoil (varies)||Airfoil (varies)||12 degrees||10 degrees||9 degrees|
|Speeds||Variable||4 Speeds||Variable||3 Speeds||5 Speeds|
|Included Control||Sold Separately||Wall Control||Sold Separately||Pull Chain||Wall Control|
|Warranty||5 Year||Lifetime||2 Year||Lifetime||15 Year|
|Application||Industrial Only||Industrial or Residential||Industrial Only||Industrial or Residential||Industrial Only|
|Distance from floor||10 Feet Minimum||7 Feet Minimum||10 Feet Minimum||7 Feet Minimum||10 Feet Minimum|
|Outdoor Rated||No||Yes (Damp)||No||No||No|
(5 is best)