Fan Buyer Guide

With so many beautiful choices of ceiling fans now on the market, trying to decide on the best option can be a little overwhelming. Although ceiling fans have been around for centuries with the more modern version being more than 100 years of age, we now see ceiling fans hitting an all-time high for popularity. In addition to looking great, ceiling fans come with light fixtures to illuminate a room, while providing a cooling aspect in the summer and a warming aspect in the winter.

Fan Sizes

Just as there are different size rooms, you will also find different size ceiling fans to accommodate. For this reason, before you start shopping for your new fan, exact measurements of the room should be taken. The measurements you end up with will help you determine the right size fan. If the room were 100 square feet or smaller, then a 36-inch fan would suffice. For rooms from 101 to 144 square feet, you would need a 42-inch blade and 145 to 225 square feet a 44 or 48-inch fan. Rooms up to 400 square foot need a 52 to 54-inch fan, up to 484 square feet, a 56-inch blade, and then for large rooms of 625 square feet, you would need a 60-inch fan. If the room were larger, you could use two or more fans.

Outdoor Fans

If you want to put a ceiling fan outside, just remember that it must be UL damp or UL wet rated. Otherwise, you could be setting yourself up for disaster. The good news is that there are hundreds of beautiful styles on the market specifically for outdoor use. Just imagine sitting on your covered deck on a hot summer day, sipping on ice tea, and reading a book while staying cool. With an outdoor fan, you can. For outdoor fans, remember to buy your new ceiling fan from a reputable company, one that will provide you with a lifetime warranty.

Fan Styles

Then, you will need to determine the style that you want. For this, consider the room’s decor and your personal preference. For instance, if you have a modern home, then a contemporary style fan would be ideal. In this area, you could choose something with sleek, clean lines, or a contemporary fan with a futuristic look. However, if you love the retro look from the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s, you could choose a ceiling fan that matches those eras.

Light Fixtures

Finally, you will need to decide if you want a ceiling fan only or one with a light fixture. Just as with fan styles, light fixtures also come in a huge variety. In addition, many lights can be controlled with remote control and have dimming options. Therefore, while you choose something beautiful, you can also choose something high-tech.

Fan Popularity

Ceiling fan popularity is at an all-time high. Although the modern day fan is more than a century old, we now see so many styles that regardless of your personal style or the style of your home, you will have an abundance of choices. In addition, while ceiling fans were at one-time expensive, today you can find just about anything you want for any budget. Best of all, ceiling fans are not only great for adding style but also, they can actually help cut back on energy costs.

Heating and Cooling Benefits

During the summer, air conditioners run almost non-stop. Obviously, the cost of running this unit can be extremely costly. However, by adding a ceiling fan to the home, you can increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioning unit by circulating cool air. Now, if you live in a region of the country that is humid but not hot, chances are you may even use an air conditioning unit. In this case, the air from the ceiling fan would keep the room cool by cutting humidity.

Just as ceiling fans can help cool a house off in the summer, they can also make a room warmer in the winter. As we all know, heat rises. Therefore, by reversing the direction of the ceiling fan blades, warm air is pushed down from the ceiling and into the room. Again, this means you can cut back on the use of the furnace, which will save you tremendous money. Some places in the United States have seen up to an 80% increase in the cost of gas. For those individuals, a ceiling fan could help battle the inflation.

Fan Installation

To install and use a ceiling fan, no special electrical power is needed other than what is already in your home. Keep in mind that if for some reason your home is not wired properly or if you need to update our electrical wiring, you might need to have a professional install a dedicated circuit box for the fan. Additionally, if you are having a new home built, outlets can be installed in your home specifically for the ceiling fan.

Fan Controls

For controlling the fan, you have a number of options. For instance, you could have a wall switch installed, which would be used as the primary control. In addition, you could use a pull chain and in many cases, a remote control. Once the fan is purchased, you will need to determine the best location. For some people, the fan is the focal point of the room whereas for other people, it is there to serve a more functional purpose.