How To Shop For The Right Ceiling Fan
Want to change the way your room looks and feels? Maybe it’s time to add a ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans are often forgotten in today’s modern homes. After all, an HVAC system controls all the heating and cooling your home will need. But did you know that a ceiling fan can help your HVAC system operate more efficiently? A ceiling fan can also become one of the most aesthetically pleasing focal points of your room.
When it comes to selecting a ceiling fan, one size does not fit all. In fact, you may be surprised at how many choices you have. Three blades or four? With a light kit or without? Red, yellow, white or black? There are so many different choices, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
That’s where we can help.
Focus on what’s important to you
Before you start shopping for a new ceiling fan, take a good look at your room. Measure the length, width, and ceiling height.
For small spaces, stick with smaller ceiling fans. For more open space, you can go large – even a fan in excess of 60 inches will create a dramatic look and feel.
Also, consider the ceiling. To adhere to building code, your ceiling fan should be at least 7 feet off the ground. With standard room height, you’ll want to select a ceiling fan that fits flush against the ceiling. With vaulted and sloped ceilings, you have more flexibility in the look and drop.
You should also consider airflow. Do you want a high speed fan that will provide a strong breeze? Or is your ceiling fan more for aesthetics; just a gentle breeze for a lazy afternoon? You’ll find every ceiling fan comes with an energy information label that helps you compare airflow.
Focus on your room
There is a ceiling fan for everything. If you have a damp or wet environment, make sure you get one specially rated for the conditions. A damp rating will tell you what conditions the fan is suitable for, and whether it can handle indoor or outdoor conditions. If they are exposed to rain or snow, you’ll want to go with a wet rated fan. If you’re unsure, always move towards a higher wet rating.
While some install a ceiling fan merely for aesthetics, if you want to help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, make sure it’s properly proportioned for your room. Most ceiling fans come with a variety of options to make them workable in all rooms, from flush mount to fans that will work on sloped or vaulted conditions. Most ceiling fans come with downrods to give you the possibility of installing it flush or hanging. For extreme slopes, you may need a slope adapter. You’ll also want to ensure that the blade size has enough room to operate without being at risk to hitting the ceiling.
While selecting a ceiling fan is a personal choice, making sure it’s installed correctly is something to leave to the pros. We’ll ensure it’s installed correctly, ensuring you and your family aren’t at risk.