The Buyer’s Guide To: Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are an aesthetically pleasing and economically efficient way to moderate temperatures in your home. In this video we’ll discuss the several factors you’ll want to review before purchasing the perfect ceiling fan for your home and your wallet.

Let’s start with the location. You can break fans down between outdoor and indoor ceiling fan models, although if you like the style of an outdoor fan and want to use it indoors there’s nothing stopping you from doing that. The only thing you need to avoid is putting a fan suitable only for dry locations in an area that gets damp, like the bathroom, laundry room.
Keep in mind, though, that ceiling fan manufacturers distinguish between “damp” and “wet” locations. Be sure to check the installation location information, which will tell you where that particular fan may be placed.

The next filter will determine the best ceiling fan size for your room. There are many ways to measure a ceiling fan, but the most common are its diameter/blade span, height (from the ceiling) and number of blades.
Here’s a handy chart to help you select the best ceiling fan based on room size:

With regard to height, optimum performance will be achieved if your ceiling fan is placed 7 to 9 feet from the floor and many manufacturers will supply a downrod so that you may install your ceiling fan at the appropriate height.
Here’s another handy chart for selecting the right downrod length.
This distance can be accounted for on a sloping ceiling with special downrod mounting, which is a feature available with many ceiling fans.

Many ceiling fans feature light fixtures, or may have the option of including or capping a light fixture (masking it from view). In turn, those fixtures may be dimmable, function independently of the fan and/or come with a remote control function. Consider all these options before your fan purchase.

Variable Speeds / Directional Spin
Another feature to consider is how many speeds you would like your ceiling fan to have. Three speeds are common (low, medium and high), but some fans come with more or fewer options.

If you live in a location with seasonal climes, you may also want to consider a multidirectional ceiling fan that can create updraft as well as downdraft. Since warm air rises and cool air settles lower, a ceiling fan that can create an updraft at low speeds will draw cool air up and push warm air down along the walls of the room to help keep your home warmer in winter.

There are many facets to a ceiling fan’s style: finish, blade design and number, material and lighting features are just a few. Taken together, these qualities can be grouped into several categories that include traditional, transitional and contemporary among others.
This is most helpful when you know the style of the room you’re outfitting and want to match the ceiling fan to it. Otherwise, your search may be more successful if you focus on price, features, finish or size, as mentioned above.


steve rivizzigno says:

how do we measure for the right size? i’ve heard the tip of the blade to the center and then multiply by two. is this correct?

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