The How-To of Buying a Ceiling Fan

The How-To of Buying a Ceiling Fan

Just like other details of your home, sometimes fans (and their light fixtures) can make or break a room. While their appearance is important, keep in mind there are other factors you should consider. Different fans offer different amounts of breeze, and depending on where you live, that range can make a difference when it gets hot. Finding the right fan can keep you cool while also reducing your monthly utility costs by letting your air conditioning unit take a little break. Consider these questions and you will be able to choose a ceiling fan that can meet all of your needs.

SIZE MATTERS

The size of your fan will be a major determinant of the amount of air it can move. The length of your blades and how many there are both play a part in the power of your fan. If you have an average bedroom, around 12’ x 12’, the standard 42” four-blade fan will likely be the best fit. If your room is smaller, opt for slimmer, shorter blades. If you have a larger room, go for a wider and longer blade, like the 52”. A standard fan will have 4 blades, but more blades will help with better air movement. Increasing blades usually increases price, but it will help if increased circulation is your goal.

CEILING TO FLOOR SPACE

The goal is to have a minimum of 7 feet between the fan blades and your floor. Because of the variance in ceiling heights, many manufacturers take this into consideration and offer two different fan configurations, which are the standard model and the ceiling-hugger model. If you have ceilings that are 8+ feet, the standard model with the 6-8” down-rod is perfect for you. If your ceiling is much taller than 8 feet, you may need an additional extension rod. If your home has lower ceilings, you’ll likely need a ceiling-hugger to make sure no one is bumping into your fan while walking around your home.

LOWERING UTILITY COSTS

If your main goal for adding or replacing a ceiling fan is lowering your monthly costs, find a fan with an Energy Star label. These fans are created to use less energy, operating 60% more efficiently than a standard model. They typically feature blade direction switches to use with the changing seasons, adding more functionality to the fan.

DON’T FORGET LIGHTS

If you want to have a light with your fan, make sure one is included or able to be added to the fixture you choose. Not all fans come with lighting functionality, so consider that when making the final choice!

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