Ceiling Fan Types Part 1
Today more than any other time in history, when it comes to ceiling fan designs, the market is flooded. Because ceiling fans can be used to cool a home off in the summer, push warm air around in the winter, and add style that matches any decor, the possibilities are limitless. In just the past decade, fans have changed dramatically. Now, you will find amazing color and design as well as advanced technology that was just a dream before.
By using fans all year round, you can save money off your energy bill. In fact, studies show that a ceiling fan can help reduce the cost up to 40% during the summer and 10% in the wintertime. Just imagine, that savings is with just one fan that runs on one 100-watt light bulb. The designs are distinct, whimsical, elegant, saucy, and everything in between. You will also find ceiling fans in a wide range of prices, making them affordable for every budget.
When looking to buy a ceiling fan, you do need to consider several things. First, it is best to go with a quality fan. While you can always save money, typically what happens with a cheaper fan is that the blades will eventually warp. When that occurs, the fan becomes unbalanced and the motor will wear out much quicker. Therefore, your first step is to choose a quality fan, even if it means spending just a little more money.
Then, think about the construction and design of your fan, choosing one that will enhance and complement your homes decor. For example, if you have a contemporary room, you could choose from a sleek white or popping black. If you love color, ceiling fans come in red, blue, green, yellow and even patterns. For a country or more traditional look, you can still find wood fans that offer that classic and comfortable style. The finishes are also a part of the look. Today, there is polished steel, wood, brushed copper, pewter, and so on.
For the size of your fan, this is an important factor that will determine the efficiency of your fan. Therefore, remember that for a smaller room such as a bathroom, one that measures up to 75 square feet, you need a 29 to 32-inch fan. Now, for medium sized rooms that measure up to 144 square feet, go with a 46 to 42-inch. Then for large master suites or family rooms, you should go with a 50 to 54-inch fan. Remember that there are larger fans than this, would be used for extremely large or open spaces.
For hanging your fan, you have two options: either flush or downrod. The flush fan sits flush to the ceiling while the downrod style has a rod that attaches to the ceiling and then the fan itself hangs down about two to two and one-half feet. For the most comfort in your home with the best circulation and highest degree of safety, you want your fan to be more than seven feet above the floor and in the center of the room. If possible, you will get even better efficiency from your fan at eight to nine feet off the floor.