How to Choose the Perfect Ceiling Fan
3 Tips for Choosing the Perfect 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. Consider your space. 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 and then match it with these general guidelines:
About 50 square feet: 29” fan
About 75 square feet: 36” fan
About 100 square feet: 42” fan
About 225 square feet: 52” fan
About 400 square feet: 56” fan
More than 400 square feet: Use multiple fans.
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 to rain, so that grade is good for gazebos or pergolas. Keep your local climate in mind when choosing outdoor solutions.
2. 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 and save energy.
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—laminates resist warping and are stronger.
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.
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 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 to get to that optimal airflow level. Do you have a low ceiling? A hugger kit brings the fan up higher.
Plus, you can customize fan controls with switches at the wall level—which are especially good for people who have trouble working pull-chains—or with a remote control, but just remember that most accessories are made for separate brands of fan. So, make sure your accessories match your fan.