Home ceiling fans can be used in virtually every room of the house to provide cost-saving, energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners, not to mention the many decorative and cooling benefits fans add to a room. Ceiling fan shoppers often have misconceptions about the uses of home ceiling fans, so we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions to help you determine which fan will fit your unique needs.
Not true. Most ceiling fans are made for 8-foot ceilings, so their mount is already fitted for that size ceiling. Unless you are seven feet tall you won’t have any problem walking under them. Another thing to keep in mind is that flush mount ceiling fans may cause you to lose airflow, which decreases the closer the fan blades get to the ceiling. Flush mount or hugger home ceiling fans are best used in smaller rooms with low ceilings that may not need as much airflow.
I have a small room (about 12’ x 12’) so I must need a smaller fan
Not true. Smaller rooms do not necessarily benefit more from smaller fans. A 42- or 44-inch fan may not generate the amount of air you need for your room. You may also use more energy with a smaller home ceiling fan. Chances are you will be using the high-speed setting on your fan if it is too small for your room. For example, if you have four rooms that are 10’ x 10’ and have 50-inch fans in all of them, the 50-inch blade span allows you to run the fan on lower speeds and get the cooling effect you are looking for without spiking your electricity bill.
My fan may wobble if it is not flush mounted
Not true. Premium ceiling fans, whether they are flush mounted or not, will not wobble if they are installed correctly and the blades are properly balanced. Home ceiling fans will wobble because they are unbalanced, not because of the length of the mount. You can just as easily have a fan on a flush mount that wobbles and looks like it is ready to fly off the ceiling. If you are having a problem with a wobbling fan it is most likely due to an improper installation or a problem with the blades being bent or off balance.
Not always true. The amount of air generated depends on the size of the motor relative to the size of the blades. Home ceiling fans with small motors and large blades can create a drag effect causing the fan to slow down, therefore creating less airflow. Premium ceiling fans are designed and tested to ensure that the blades properly correspond with the size of the motor. Keep in mind that larger motors with larger blades will typically move more air.
If one blade on my ceiling fan breaks, I have to replace all of the blades
True. If one blade breaks it is important to replace all of the blades in order to keep the fan balanced. Ceiling fan blades and blade holders are usually sold in sets of three, four, or five, but if you were to only replace one blade the difference in weight could cause the fan to wobble or vibrate.
Remote control home ceiling fans are more expensive
Not always true. Remote control ceiling fans may be more expensive than fans with wall controls. It depends on your installation. If you do not already have a wired wall control unit you could end up spending extra money to have an installer wire the wall. With a remote control fan you may only need power wired to where you want the ceiling fan so you could save on installation costs. Be sure to check your installation needs before you purchase a home ceiling fan. Knowing all of your potential costs will help you decide on which fan is easier on your wallet.
Not true. Wet ceiling fans are designed for outdoor installation so they are resistant to most weather conditions. Wet ceiling fans can be rained on and hosed off if they need to be cleaned. Although damp ceiling fans can also be installed outdoors, they are not made to interact with the elements and are best used in areas such as covered patios or for indoor applications such as bathrooms.
These are just a few of the many misconceptions and frequently asked questions about home ceiling fans. Learn more about selecting the right ceiling fan for your home by visiting www.CeilingFan.com or calling toll-free 877.724.2326.