choosing ceiling fans

choosing ceiling fansIt’s all about air circulation. Ceiling fans are designed to help air move, and to give any room a more even, comfortable temperature overall. In the summer they move hot, sticky air to create a cooling breeze and in the winter the blades are set to rotate in the other direction, to help push warm air away from the ceiling and get rid of those cool pockets of air closer to the floor. This adds comfort to your home and also helps save on energy costs by making it easier to heat or cool those trouble zones.

Choose the Right Wattage

Size: It’s important to choose a fan size that’s well suited to the room. If the fan is too small for the room, the air won’t circulate properly and you’ll miss out on the benefits of having a ceiling fan in the first place.

Also remember that you need enough physical space to install a fan properly. The bottom of the fan shouldn’t be closer than 8′ to the ground for safety reasons, and to ensure proper air movement. This means a room with lower ceilings will need a flush or hugger mount while a room with higher ceilings will require down rod installation to provide better air movement.

The charts below give some general guidelines for choosing a fan that’s the proper size for your space

Size Room Size
30″ – 48″ Up to 100 square feet
50″ – 54″ Up to 400 square feet
56″ and larger 400 square feet and larger


Ceiling Height Downrod Length
9′ 12″
10′ 18″
11′ 24″
12′ 36″
13′ 48″
14′ 60″
15′ 72″

Light Kits: Many ceiling fans now come with built in lights so the fixture can serve a dual purpose in your home. With all of the available styles and designs, it’s not uncommon for someone to simply replace an old light fixture entirely with a fan and light combination.

Style: If you can imagine it, they make a fan for it. Traditional, modern, vintage, rustic – there are, literally, hundreds of styles and finishes available on the market today. Look at your current décor to get some ideas about which ceiling fan design will suit your style the best.

Energy Star: Ceiling fans already help with energy costs by circulating warm or cool air and they require very little energy to operate (about the equivalent of a 100w bulb). However, there are also Energy Star models available which provide extra energy efficiency and savings. Just look for the logo!

Extras: There are a wide range of additional accessories that can be used to make the most of your new fan. Remote controls, dimmer switches, downrods and mounts for angled ceilings are just a few of the extras that can contribute to an easier installation and a more convenient, effective fixture. Remember that some fans will come with some or all of these accessories, so it’s always good to check and see what’s included.

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