How to choose a new ceiling fan for your home
How to choose a new ceiling fan for your home
A new ceiling fan is always a nice upgrade to a home. Today, you have more ceiling fan options than ever before. Fans today have designs that match nearly any decorating style, and they’re more versatile than ever. You can choose a fan to be the focal point of the room, a conversation piece, a cornerstone element that holds them all together.
When you are shopping for a new ceiling fan, you need to consider the height and spacing of the ceiling, the size of the room, the features you want, and the design of the fan. If you’re buying a fan for outdoor installation, you’ll want to make sure it’s rated for wet conditions. For a long-lasting fan, make sure you buy a high-quality fan with a good motor.
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1. Consider ceiling height and spacing
When you are shopping for a ceiling fan, you need to consider the height and spacing of the ceiling. Ceiling fans should be hung about seven to eight feet from the floor — that means closer to eight feet if you have the space. There needs to be 8 inches of space between the fan blades and the ceiling, and 18 inches of space between the blades and the wall.
So if you have a high ceiling, you will need a longer drop rod to lower the fan to an effective height. If the ceiling is steeply sloping, use a longer drop rod to hang the fan away from the sloping ceiling.
Fans with a downrod are designed with a downrod that is about 12 inches long, but you can purchase downrod extension kits to help you install your ceiling fan properly. If you have low ceilings, buy a recessed ceiling fan.
2. A fan that fits the room size
In a huge room, a small fan would look out of place and wouldn’t create enough airflow to make a difference to the occupants – at least not the kind of difference you want. A huge fan in a small room can create its own problems – too much air movement and the fan can be visually overwhelming.
Buy the right size ceiling fan for your room. Measure the square footage of a room by measuring the length and width and multiplying these two numbers. Adjust the fan size accordingly:
- 36- to 42-inch fans in rooms from 76 to 144 square feet;
- 44- to 50-inch fans in rooms from 145 to 224 square feet;
- 52- to 60-inch fans in rooms from 225 to 400 square feet;
- In rooms larger than 400 square feet, the fan width is more than 60 inches, but consider using multiple fans in this case.
Fans are measured on the diameter of the circle created by blade motion or sweep. For example, a 60-inch swept-back fan has blades that are 5 feet in diameter.
3. Choose a quality item
If you want your fan to last for years and always serve you well, you need to make sure you buy a quality fan. A lot of what makes a fan good is in the motor.
A good quality fan motor will run silently throughout the life of the fan without shaking or making noise. Top-of-the-line motors include the Casablanca XLP-2000/XLP Plus, Fanimation FK2100 and Emerson K55XL.
4. Get the features and controls you want
You may want basic features on a ceiling fan, such as a lighting kit and a reversible motor, so you can change the direction of the fan blades and push warm air down from the ceiling in the winter. If some of the standard fan features (such as zippers) don’t work for you, there are plenty of fans with all the features and controls you’d want, including wall control panels, remote controls, and smart device connectivity.
If you want to install a ceiling fan outdoors, there are wet fans that can withstand the elements. You can get what you need from a ceiling fan.
5. Match your decor
Whatever your decorating sense, you can find a fan that blends with your decor, or as a single piece that brings them together. Fans come in hundreds of designs in a variety of decorative styles such as farmhouse, coastal, industrial, steampunk and modern. If you haven’t found a fan that you find aesthetically pleasing, you need to look at more fans.
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Choosing a new ceiling fan for your home isn’t always easy. Consider your fan needs in terms of function, size, design and performance. When you make the right choices, you’ll have a new home fixture that will keep you more comfortable for a long time to come.
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