How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan -

The versatile ceiling fan can enhance your home's comfort, beauty and overall value, plus they save energy too! They're well worth the cost and are available in a huge variety of options ranging from understated varieties to ones that more closely resemble a chandelier. No matter what space you'd like to put a ceiling fan in, you're sure to find the perfect match, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. What size is your room? Are you going to install this ceiling fan in a very small bedroom or a grand living room? You need to keep fan sizing in mind. If you get a fan that's too big for the space, then it will overwhelm the room. If you get a fan that's too small for a space, it won't do its job effectively. Find the square footage of the room you're considering (multiply the length and width of the room in feet) and then match it with these general guidelines:

Room size in square feetIdeal ceiling fan size
50 sq ft 29" ceiling fan
75 sq ft 36" ceiling fan
100 sq ft 42" ceiling fan
225 sq ft 52" ceiling fan
400 sq ft 56" ceiling fan
More than 400 sq ft 60" ceiling fan or 2 smaller fans

Another way to look at it is this: Small fans of 36" or less are good for rooms of about 6 by 6 feet or smaller. Medium fans of 37-48" are good for rooms of about 10 by 10 feet. Standard-size 49-55" fans are good for 12 by 12 rooms. Large 56"+ fans are good for rooms of 15 by 15 feet and larger.

Also, if you're going to put a ceiling fan in an outdoor space, make sure to purchase a fan that's designed especially for the outdoors. They're made with more durable materials and can withstand the elements, whereas indoor fans will succumb to humidity if they're installed outside.

There are two different grades of outdoor fan: damp is suitable for porches and patios while wet can be exposed directly to rain, so that grade is good for gazebos or pergolas. Keep your local climate in mind when choosing outdoor solutions.

2. What's your style? Do you have an elegant, traditional style home? Is your abode adorned in cutting-edge contemporary looks? Do you just want a ceiling fan with a design that isn't too fussy, but still looks nice? Are you not even sure what you want? Don't worry. We have ceiling fans to suit any space and style. Here are some design touches that can help you identify your ideal ceiling fan style.

Traditional: This style often features decorative flourishes in areas like the light kit, fan blade arms and fan motor housing.

Transitional: This style, while similar to traditional, usually tones down the decorative flourishes for a more versatile look.

Contemporary: Contemporary ceiling fans often have a look reminiscent of machinery or airplane turbines, though you may also see very inventive and unique styles, too!

Other looks, such as tropical ceiling fans or coastal ceiling fans, are available too. These are just the 3 most common decor styles.

3. Decide what you like. Some ceiling fans are sold as an all-in-one package, whether with or without lights. Some are sold as separate parts and allow you to customize with your choices of ceiling fan blades and light kits.

You can adjust how low or high your fan hangs. Do you have a high ceiling? Consider adding a downrod so that the ceiling fan hangs low enough to cool you instead of your ceiling. (The recommended hanging height for a ceiling fan is 7 to 9 feet.) Do you have a low ceiling? A hugger kit or hugger style ceiling fan might be your best bet. Here's a helpful guide to how much downrod you will need:

Ceiling height in feetIdeal downrod length
8 Standard
9 12" downrod
10 18" downrod
11 24" downrod
12 36" downrod
13 48" downrod
14 60" downrod
15+ 72" downrod

Make sure that your downrods match the finish of your fan and come from the same brand as the fan.

Plus, you can get ceiling fan controls: wall switches or remote controls! Just remember that most ceiling fan accessories are only meant to be used with fans from that same brand. So, make sure your accessories match your fan--Fanimation accessories with Fanimation fans, Savoy House accessories with Savoy House fans and so on.

Trying to pick the perfect finish for your ceiling fan? Try identifying the most used color of wood in the room, like the flooring, and pick a fan that uses blades of that color. Then pick out the most used color of the metal hardware in the room, like doorknobs, and get a fan that has that finish too! Alternately, some people prefer all-white ceiling fans in order to blend in with a white ceiling.

4. Think about efficiency. Most ceiling fans can save you money on your cooling and heating (they can be used in winter when you reverse the direction of the fan). But look for the Energy Star label to help you find very efficient fans and further help the environment, too.

One important thing to remember with ceiling fans is that they do not actually change the temperature of the room. They just provide a breeze. They do it very well, but that's what they do. So, when you're not in the room, turn off your ceiling fan.

When you think about efficiency, something important to consider is airflow. How much air can the ceiling fan move? That's determined through the quality of the ceiling fan's motor, the pitch (or angle) of the blade and the blade's material.

For a residential fan, the best pitch is 14 degrees because it provides the most airflow. The best materials for blades are laminates and not solid wood because laminates resist warping and are stronger than solid wood.

Speaking of the best materials, the quality of the motor is really what you're paying for in a ceiling fan. High-quality motors are encased in heavy-gauge steel, so they're quiet, less prone to rattling and will last a long time. Plus, they tend to look better visually!

To browse our collection of ceiling fans, click here. When you're ready to install your new fan, click here for step-by-step instructions. Need more advice? Contact us or give our trained lighting specialists a call at 1-866-688-3562. You can also sign up for our newsletters.

Emma Harger-Young - Lights Online

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