How to Select a Ceiling Fan For Your Home

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Ceiling fans come in styles ranging from Asian to Victorian.

Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles, and many include a light fixture. They cool the people in the room and add a decorative feature that enhances the style. It is not difficult to select the perfect ceiling fan that complements the other decor in your home. The right style, size, height and amount of lighting it gives off are all important features to consider. Ceiling fans with reversible blades are functional year-round, since the blades reverse to create cool or warm air circulation depending on the season.

Things You'll Need

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      Look at the room where you want to install the ceiling fan. Determine the style or theme in the room. If you have a lot of Victorian-style furnishings, choose a ceiling fan and light fixture that reflect this theme. Homes with rustic, country-style themes look appropriate with rustic-looking fan blades and old-fashioned globes on the light fixture.

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      Purchase the ceiling fan size that is appropriate for the square footage in your room. Determine the room size by multiplying the length times the width. The diameter of fan blades ranges from 24 to 60 inches, although the most common diameters for average-sized rooms are 36 or 52 inches, as stated by the University of Arkansas. A fan blade diameter of 29 to 36 inches is appropriate for a room with 75 square feet or less; a 36- to 42-inch fan blade is right for a room with 76 to 144 square feet. Larger rooms (up to 225 square feet) need a 44-inch blade diameter, and up to 400 square feet requires a blade diameter of 50 to 54 inches. You can always use two smaller ceiling fans on either end of the room if it is quite large.

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      Look at the lighting necessary in the room. If you have lots of windows and natural light, or rarely utilize a ceiling light, this is not as important as it is for consumers who use a ceiling-fan light exclusively to brighten a large room. Count the number of sockets in the light fixture and check the box to see what amount of wattage is allowed in each socket. This ensures the ceiling fan will provide the room area with enough light.

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      Purchase a downrod if necessary so that the ceiling fan is 7 feet above the floor. This ensures the most cooling efficiency. A 7-foot height allows most people to walk underneath the ceiling fan without the blades bumping their head or knocking their hat off. For low ceilings, low-profile fans are available; they sit flush with the ceiling. Extendable downrods are available for vaulted and coffered ceilings as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many features are available on ceiling fans. Choose one that has an Energy Star rating if saving on electricity is a concern for you and your family. The fan/light combos that have earned an Energy Star label are generally 50 percent more efficient than other ceiling fan/light combinations, as stated by the University of Florida.

  • Some ceiling fans have remote controls; others have a wall-mounted switch and a pull chain. If you buy one with a light fixture, select one with two pull chains, one for the fan blades and the other for the lighting.

  • Purchase a ceiling fan that offers a warranty and is made of quality materials. This is not a time to scrimp by purchasing the cheapest one. Quality fans run more smoothly and quietly.

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