Tips for Selecting A New Ceiling Fan
If you are looking for a quick and simple project for the summer, consider installing a new ceiling fan. Installing a new ceiling fan as either an upgrade or part of a home improvement project presents an opportunity to not only improve the aesthetics of your home but to also let you put your creativity to good use.
Ceiling fans can be an excellent way to improve airflow in one’s home while offering the opportunity to stretch your decorative creativity in meaningful ways. But how does one navigate the process of selecting a ceiling fan? It all begins with a little bit of an eye for aesthetics and developing a clear picture of what you want ahead of time. Here are a few tips for selecting a new ceiling fan for your home.
Find the Right Room for Your Fan
When it comes to installing a new ceiling fan, things can rapidly grow complicated. The best place to begin is measuring the length and width of the room to determine its square footage. Rooms that measure up to 75 square feet would benefit from a 36″ fan. Bigger rooms (up to 144 square feet) would be better with a 42″ fan, while large rooms (225 square feet) are better served by 50-54″ ceiling fans. Many websites have sizing guides to help you determine which fan diameter would go best with a particular room’s dimensions. Fan diameter might be listed as the sweep or size, so be sure to pay close attention to the designation as you browse the available options. It is also prudent to install the fan at a certain height for optimal performance. Ceiling fans should be installed a minimum of seven feet above the floor, but the best performance will come at 8-9 feet. Longer mounting rods are available for ceilings that are much higher, so there is usually an option that will cover all the bases. Do not forget to measure the height of your room and plan accordingly!
Choose A Sleek Design
If variety is on your mind, ceiling fans certainly do not disappoint when it comes to style and design. A plethora of unique styles abound in the ceiling fan world. The best way to decide on the right one is through research, asking the vendor questions, and deciding what will work best with your home’s overall design. Here are the various fan designs:
Each has its own pros and cons, so be sure to do plenty of research before purchasing a ceiling fan to select the right one for your home.
Get A Remote-Controlled Model
Out of all the accessories and control methods one can get for a ceiling fan, remote control is a veritable classic at this point. Sure, a pull chain is a classic, too, but you just cannot beat the convenience and utility of ceiling fans with remote control options. But why should you get a remote-controlled ceiling fan? It is convenient, looks good, and efficient. The remote control often sits in its own compartment in an out-of-the-way location, so it does not add clutter to the room. When you want to adjust the lights or fan speed, it is as simple as reaching for the remote! Unlike a pull chain or wall switch that requires you to physically move around to operate the fan, a remote control lets you relax while setting the fan’s levels to match your comfort zone. Unlike Wi-fi enabled apps, remote controls use RF technology that will not be affected when your internet is down, or communication issues occur. Ultimately, it is an effective and reliable control method that should not be overlooked.
Add Some Light
In most cases, lighting the interior of your home is essential—unless you are developing old film in a darkroom or setting up a home theatre. To that end, adding some additional light to your home via your ceiling fan is a great way to spice up the ambiance a bit. You can buy a fan with lighting pre-installed, with plenty of options including recessed lighting, canopy lighting, chandelier lighting, and more. If you have a bit of DIY blood coursing through your veins, you can install some lights yourself with a lighting kit! Start by shutting off the electricity, using proper protective gear, and the correct tools for the job. Then it is a matter of following a series of simple steps to add the lighting kit. If you do decide to go the DIY route, always remember safety first! And if all else fails, ask a professional for assistance.
Choose Something Energy Efficient
Energy efficiency is one of the most crucial considerations for running appliances these days. Using a ceiling fan can reduce air conditioner use significantly, which will in turn make your home more energy efficient. Look for fans with an energy star rating if possible, as the’re more
likely to run efficiently. Energy fans tend to have a better airflow and higher CFM (cubic feet per minute), which increases proportionally the diameter of the fan. At the end of the day, an efficient fan will not only do what it is supposed to do– it will have a long life and be less of a burden on the environment too.- by Matt Watts