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Ceiling Fan Buying Considerations

Ceiling fans are pretty amazing — they have a much more powerful effect than you might think. They can truly move around a lot of cool air extremely effectively for a small cost. Plus, they look better than ever these days. What’s more, in the winter time they move hot air around very well also.

What kind of ceiling fan should you buy? How big? What style?

Here are several tips to help you make a good decision:

  • In terms of size, follow these guidelines:
    • up to 75 square feet in the room = 29” – 36” fan
    • a room 76’ – 144’ = 36” – 42” fan
    • 144’ – 225’ = 44” fan
    • 225’ – 244’ = 50” – 54” fan
    • 250’ and bigger = 60” fan
  • The angle of a ceiling fan’s blades determine its efficacy, not the number of blades. Four- and five-bladed fans are the most popular and the result of much research. They remain balanced as well.
  • If you have a low ceiling, your fan will have to be mounted flush with it or with a low ceiling adaptor. For safety reasons, you fan will need to be at least 7’ above the ground. A high ceiling will require a downrod because if the fan is more than 8’ above the ground, its effect will be minimal.
    Here is a guide to how big that downrod should be if your ceiling is over 8’ high:

    • 9’ ceiling=6” downrod
    • 10’ ceiling=12” downrod
    • 12’ ceiling=24” downrod
    • 14’ ceiling=36” downrod
    • 16’ ceiling=48” downrod
    • 18’ ceiling=60” downrod
    • 20’ ceiling=72” downrod

Westinghouse Ceiling Fan With Lights

  • Many ceiling fans also have lights. These lights do not affect the fan’s performance at all. They are added to give light and make ceiling fans look more stylish. Even after you install a ceiling fan (or have it installed for you), you can add a light through a simple modification kit. Many consumers find that they like having a light attached to the fan, rather than opting against one and changing their minds later.
  • Ceiling fans come in a variety of styles, materials and finishes. The base and blades can be made out of bronze, brass, brushed nickel, plastic, wood and synthetic materials. A popular choice is to have a metal base with wood blades of different colored stains. Much depends on the other décor in the room where you will place the fan.
  • If your ceiling fan will be installed in a bathroom, kitchen or covered porch, be sure to purchase one that is rated for damp and wet conditions.
  • Even ceiling fans come with Energy Star ratings; buy one that has this efficiency rating.
  • Ceiling fans can even be installed on vaulted ceilings. Look for an adapter that can handle angles greater than 30° on your ceiling.
  • Most ceiling fans come with adjustable speeds and remote control, but some consumers still like the old pull chain method of turning the fan on and off.
  • TIP: If you buy a ceiling fan in the winter months, you will get a much better price.
  • If you find a shape and style of fan that you like, but it doesn’t come in the color that you prefer, remember that you can always paint the blades on your own.
  • If you can’t handle the installation of a ceiling fan yourself, call a handyman. More than a few consumers have grown very frustrated trying to install their ceiling fans on their own.
  • Be sure to get a decent warranty on your ceiling fan as well, in case there are any problems.

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