Ceiling Fan Purchase Considerations

A lot of considerations come into play when you decide to purchase a ceiling fan. Here are a few things to thing about.

Durability

Look for a fan that can stand up to hard knocks. You do not want the blades to get loose or the fixture to develop a wobble as parts go out of whack.

Longevity

A durable fan will also last a long time. A fan motor with superior heat displacement will keep cool enough so that it is not in danger of burning itself out. Look for a motor with cast aluminum shields and heavy-gauge stator windings.

Power

You want the fan to be able to move enough air to make a difference, and you do not want the motor overheating to do it. A powerful motor can move the blades easily at low or high speeds. In general the motor with the larger stack height (laminations) will generate more torque.

Noise

You do not want the fan to be loud, even at its highest speed. Precision machining will make sure all the parts fit together without making a lot of sound. A rubber shock absorber can keep the blades from transmitting noise to the housing. A flywheel can keep the blades aligned at optimum pitch to move maximum air with minimum noise. Larger ball bearings can also contribute to noise abatement.

Size

Make sure you get the size fan that is right for the room you have in mind. A 10 foot by 10 foot room only needs a fan with a 36 inch blade span. A 25 foot by 25 foot room should have a fan with a span of 54 or even 56 inches.

Installation

If you plan to install the fan yourself, make sure you know what you are getting into. Select a fan with easy to follow instructions. The fan should come with a means for temporarily hanging it so you can work to secure its permanent hanger with both hands free. Some fans come pre-assembled and are designed for quick installations. If one of these comes in a style you like, that may be the way to go.

Maintenance

A ceiling fan motor should be maintenance-free, containing all the oil it needs sealed in with the motor. Make sure this is the case with any fan you select.

Warranty

Select a fan with at least a one-year warranty and read the fine print. Does the warranty involve labor or only parts? Does it cover the motor only or the blades and lights as well.

Lighting

If you want a ceiling fan with lights, choose a fan that will provide the light you need. Some fans only uplight, providing ambiance with a pool of light on the ceiling. Others may downlight, but with exposed bulbs that can cause glare. Only choose this style if you are sure the glare will not be an issue.

Style

After all that, there are hundreds of styles to choose from. Whether you want traditional or contemporary, industrial or Art Deco, there is sure to be something that fits your desires.