One of the many benefits of buying a ceiling fan is improved air circulation, which can be a welcome addition to your home, office, or outdoor patio area. Keeping cool in these summer months is a concern for most of us, although shelling out thousands of dollars on central air conditioning costs can be daunting in this economy. Ceiling fans are an affordable option for those of us who want to stay cool and still have a few pennies left in the bank.
But how do you know that the ceiling fan you are buying is the right one for you? With many different styles, types, brands, and price ranges, choosing the right fan can seem like a bigger project than it needs to be. Here are several factors to consider before you buy a ceiling fan for your specific needs:
Ceiling Shape and Height
Ceiling fans are not like traditional light fixtures. They can circulate the air in any room as long as the fan is the right size. If you have a large room with high ceilings you may need a larger fan (54 to 72 inches), or even multiple fans, with longer blade spans. Fans all have a cone of air—the smaller the fan, the smaller the cone of air; the larger the blade span, the larger the cone to move air more efficiently around the room.
If your ceiling is vaulted you will want the fan to hang low enough so that the blades clear the ceiling on all sides by at least eighteen inches to produce enough air for cooling.
Room Shape and Size
The type of ceiling fan you buy will directly correlate with a room’s shape, height, and area. A low-profile flush mount or hugger ceiling fan is ideal for rooms that have very low ceilings. If you are looking for a ceiling fan for your patio or deck, you will need an outdoor damp-rated or wet-rated ceiling fan depending on its outside application. If the fan is for your bedroom you will want to make sure it is energy-efficient and high-quality to provide the extra quiet often needed for restful sleep.
Room Style and Décor
Most of us like to have a consistent theme or feel to a particular room, so you will want to consider a room’s style and décor before you select and buy a ceiling fan. Several popular styles include contemporary ceiling fans, tropical ceiling fans, and traditional ceiling fans. Depending on the style you choose, you are then able to custom match blades that have the same finish as the wood furniture in the room or a specific color or pattern that matches your upholstery or carpet.
What are the lighting needs of the room? Some ceiling fans have down lights, some have up lights, some have both, and some have no lights at all. If the fan is going to be the primary source of light in the room, a down light may be necessary. However, you may buy a ceiling fan that also has up lighting to improve the atmosphere of a room.
Ceiling Fan Brands
There are many different brands of ceiling fans out there and, although they may all have their own unique qualities, the major manufacturers are a trusted source. Poor quality ceiling fans can be a cause of problems for years to come, so it’s important to buy a ceiling fan from one of the premier brands such as Casablanca, Minka Aire, Hunter, Emerson, Fanimation, Modern Fan, and Craftmade.
Budget is often the first thing people think about before they buy a ceiling fan for their home. There are websites that offer well-crafted, affordable ceiling fans in almost every style and brand you can imagine. However, as you search, keep in mind that a more expensive, highly efficient ceiling fan can often pay for itself with the energy savings it earns, so limiting yourself to a particular budget may not be the most cost-effective route.
A good rule of thumb is to buy ceiling fans for rooms that are used most often, such as the master bedroom, family room, and living room. Keep in mind that you will likely run into problems if you buy a smaller ceiling fan for a large room simply because it is inexpensive. In this case your installation costs will be the same as the more expensive fan, but you may not get the air circulation, energy savings, or quiet that you desire, and have a fan that does not work with the space you have.
Unfortunately, ceiling fan quality is something that cannot be seen from the outside, yet the inner workings are what matter the most in terms of durability, performance, and quietness. It is what you cannot see that often causes problems with the fan in the long run. With ceiling fans, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is often true.
These are some of the most common aspects to consider before you buy a ceiling fan. If you have any questions about choosing the right fan for your home, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at 877.724.2326.