Ceiling Fan Blog
Rather than using compact fluorescents (CFL bulbs), LED ceiling fans utilize light-emitting diodes, also known as LEDs. These types of lights are energy-saving, cost-effective, and long-lasting. As a result, fans with efficient lighting are becoming increasingly popular. Here’s an overview of how LED ceiling fans work, the many benefits, and the best options when you’re looking to buy.
With increased AC use in the summer, it’s a crucial time to save energy in other ways. For example, by upgrading your lighting and increasing the effectiveness of your ceiling fans, you can reduce your utility bills. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
When choosing bulbs, stick with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Both are more energy-efficient than traditional options, such as halogens and incandescents. In fact, LEDs and CFLs use 25% to 80% less energy. Although they’re more expensive initially, the investment will pay off over time.
Also, make sure the bulbs you choose are ENERGY STAR®-qualified. This symbol is backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and indicates that a product is energy-efficient, protecting the environment and saving you money. Additionally, upgrade your lighting fixtures—including your desk lamps and porch lights—to ENERGY STAR-qualified products. They generally deliver more even lighting and come with dimming features, enhancing the look of your home.
Next, install light-colored curtains throughout your home to allow more natural light to enter via your windows. Finally, paint and decorate your rooms with light hues, such as lavender, bright orange, or peach, to brighten the house naturally during the daytime.
A ceiling fan is a home staple, both for its air conditioning abilities and its residential charm. While a standard five-blade iteration is what typically comes to mind, there are a wide variety of styles and features available for this overhead fixture. Here are a few types of ceiling fans that can fit any homeowner’s style needs.
Finding a Ceiling Fan for Your Needs
1. Ceiling Fans With Lights
For a duo of overhead lighting and air circulation, ceiling fans with built-in lights are a useful choice. This type of ceiling fan has diverse options to suit a vast spread of design visions, from drum shades to lantern lights and chandeliers. Some fixtures will have uplight options, meaning that they have lighting facing the ceiling as well as towards the room. This option can become a stylish accent to amplify a warm glow in a room. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we can even custom build a fixture to align with your vision.
Ceiling fans are both central design elements and functional components of your home’s main living spaces. To work their very best, though, ceiling fans must receive adequate maintenance over the course of their lifespan. From weekly dusting to more thorough cleaning throughout the year, here is how to make the most of this household fixture.
Cleaning Ceiling Fan Blades
Before ever attempting to clean your ceiling fan, make sure that it is turned off, and the blades have stopped spinning entirely. Once the fan isn’t moving, climb a step ladder to get within reaching distance of the blades. Give each blade a thorough dusting either with a duster or a dry microfiber cloth. Be careful not to push down on the blades and bend the blade holders as this will cause your fan to wobble. This step should occur weekly to ensure that dust and dander doesn’t accumulate and circulate in your home.
If the blades are really dusty and need a deeper clean, use an old pillow case to prevent dust from flying in the air or falling to the ground. You can use a damp cloth with mild detergent to remove grime, but dry the blades thoroughly to prevent damage. Never use cleaning agents as they can damage the finish. Dusting regularly and applying an anti-static agent after cleaning can avoid excessive build up and make cleaning a breeze in the future.
Shown above: Monte Carlo Butterfly Ceiling Fan
Cleaning Ceiling Fan Light Fixtures
While industrial ceiling fans were once exclusively used in factories and warehouses, more and more homeowners are installing residential versions to modernize and enhance the look of their homes. Known for the use of raw materials, functional features, and exposed hardware, industrial options are highly efficient, affordable, and stylish. If you’re considering buying one for your house, here are a few fans to check out.
A Guide to Industrial-Style Ceiling Fans
1. MINKA-AIRE® XTREME
One of the best large ceiling fans in our inventory, the Minka-Aire Xtreme comes in a wide range of blade sizes, from 65 inches to 96 inches; it’s one of the largest options that works well in a residential environment.
If you need a ceiling fan that operates in wet locations, such as outdoors, the Xtreme H2O is UL-rated and can withstand moisture effectively. Plus, this model, as well as the Xtreme, is virtually silent, which is uncommon for an industrial option. Wobbling won’t be a problem, and the six-speed DC motor can run for years on end without burning out.
2. EMERSON™ LOFT
With a purposeful design and contemporary look, the Emerson Loft has an ENERGY STAR®-qualified motor and
Ceiling fans circulate air in a room, allowing you to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Installing a new one adds style and will enhance your home's decor. If you’re in the market for a new fan, there are tips that can help you make the right decision.
What Should You Consider Before Buying a Ceiling Fan?
1. Room Size
When a ceiling fan is too big, it can overwhelm a room visually. When it’s too small, it won’t adequately circulate the air.
Before you shop, measure the room’s area in square feet by multiplying the length of the room by the height. Then, measure the height of the ceiling. This will give you an idea of the height you’ll want to hang the fan from.
Bathrooms and guest bedrooms tend to be 10’ x 10’ or smaller. A small ceiling fan in these rooms will keep the space comfortable. Rooms that are up to 20’ x 20’ should use large fans. If the room is larger than 20’ x 20’, you’ll need a Great Room fan or two fans.
To find the right size fan for your room, try our Ceiling Fan Size Calculator.
2. Its Location
Ceiling fans can contribute a lot to a room. They create comfort on hot summer days and provide a familiar sense of home that few other fixtures can recreate. A tried and true bastion of residential interiors, the ceiling fan is a fixture that designers have long sought ways to reinvent year after year. In 2020, interiors take aim at the base of the fixture, opting for bolder hues that carry a sense of calm as the fan spins overhead. Here’s everything you need to know about this latest trend.
Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year
For those unfamiliar with this tradition, Pantone Color Institute dubs one shade the “color of the year,” dictating trends in fashion, interiors, and beyond. For 2020, they’ve given the title to none other than PANTONE 19-4052: Classic Blue.
A timeless hue reminiscent of the sky at dusk, classic blue inspires calm and connection, providing, as the institute stated, “a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Relaxed and approachable, this shade is surprisingly neutral for a pop of color. It can find a home in any room, whether as an accent wall, a cabinet color, or even a ceiling fixture.
How to Use Blue Ceiling Fans in Your Home
Ceiling fans are historically overlooked as a design element, pegged too often as a strictly functional component of
Ceiling fans should run effortlessly and quietly. However, a wobbly fan creates noise that will disrupt the peace of whatever room it’s in. Knowing how to balance your fan will keep it running smoothly and restore the tranquility you deserve at home.
Why Do Ceiling Fans Wobble?
Poor quality ceiling fans are more likely to wobble and make noise than higher-quality versions. Low-quality manufacturers may not take the time to ensure the blades are flat and that each blade weighs the same amount. When the blades are warped or don’t share the same weight, wobbling will occur. Manufacturers of high-quality ceiling fans use blades that are electronically matched to ensure balance. The components—like the blade holders—could also be loose when not made with careful accuracy.
Shown above: Big Ass Fans Haiku – Perfectly balanced for a silent night…every night!
How Do You Balance Your Fan?
First, inspect the screws for tightness. Check the screw that’s located on the ball at the top of the downrod that’s mounted to the ceiling. If that screw is tight, check all of the others, particularly the screws holding the blades in place. In some cases, especially with lower-quality fans, screws will loosen repeatedly and need to be retightened occasionally.
Since imbalanced blades are a common source of wobbling, inspect them next. The issue could
Ceiling fans are highly effective at keeping homes cool, lowering energy bills, and providing extra lighting. Plus, they can last for a decade or longer. Still, even the most expensive, high-quality models malfunction occasionally. Fortunately, most issues can be easily fixed—as long as you have the necessary knowledge. Here’s what you need to know.
Posted: August 23, 2019
Updated July 1, 2020
How Do Indoor & Outdoor Fans Differ?
While dry-rated ceiling fans are ideal for cooling down your home efficiently, the blades and other mechanical features aren’t designed for outdoor areas, such as a porch or covered patio. Instead, you’ll need a wet-rated or damp-rated option that can handle moisture, rainstorms, and dampness. By checking a fan’s rating and considering factors like the wiring and materials, you can choose one that works for your needs, whether indoors or outdoors. Here is a guide to the various ratings so you can make an informed purchasing decision.
The Rating System
There are three primary ratings.
- Dry-Rated ceiling fans can only be installed inside the home in dry locations.
- Damp-Rated fans are for outdoor covered areas or indoors where there is moisture.
- Wet-Rated fans can be used anywhere indoors or outdoors, even in the rain or snow.
The materials and design determine the rating. For example, a wet-rated fan must be water-tight to protect the motor, lights, and sensitive wiring against harsh weather conditions.
Dry-Rated - Indoor Ceiling Fans