4 Tips for Buying a Ceiling Fan
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 be placed in or out of your home, depending on their Underwriters Laboratory® (UL) rating. The rating determines if the fan can withstand moisture.
Dry-rated fans can only be installed indoors, primarily in bedrooms, living rooms, and dens.
Damp-rated fans can be exposed to humidity, making it perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor spaces that still provide coverage from rain.
Wet-rated fans can come into direct contact with water without taking damage to the motor or affecting its beauty. Because they can handle any level of moisture, they can be used in any location indoors or outdoors and can even be washed off with a hose. They’re the only fans that can be used in exposed outdoor locations like uncovered patios, gazebos and lanais.
A good quality fan will have a motor that is sized appropriately to match the pitch and length of the blade. When it doesn’t match, the motor could overheat due to the stress or burn-out entirely. In some cases, the motor might be too weak and will not produce the airflow needed to warm or cool a room appropriately. Fans on our site with a quality rating of 4 or 5 will have the best designed motors.
4. Its Style
Cottage-style homes often have white ceilings, so you should consider an all-white ceiling fan to go with it. Like coastal designs, bamboo blades also match the cottage décor.
Most modern homes have a sleek design to them, offering finishes in chrome and matte black. Look for ceiling fans with the same finishes to make the look complete.
Rustic homes elicit feelings of the peaceful outdoors. Fans made of natural wood with bronze finishes will elicit that same restful, easy feeling.
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