A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for Spring, Summer and Fall. Whether you’re buying an indoor or outdoor ceiling fan for the first time, or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right one.
WHERE IS YOUR CEILING FAN GOING?
Purchasing a ceiling fan for your porch is not the same as purchasing one for your living room. That’s because each location is exposed to unique weather elements, which can affect the performance and life of a fan. If your new ceiling fan is going in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or covered porch, then it’s best to purchase a damp-rated fan. If ceiling fan is to be located on an exposed deck or patio, then a wet-rated fan will be needed to withstand the wet elements.
WHAT SIZE CEILING FAN SHOULD I BUY?
Ceiling fans are not one-size-fits-all fixtures. They can range in size from 24 inches to 72 inches wide. However, the right fan will depend on the size (square footage) of your room. Choosing the right size ceiling fan ensures maximum performance, style, and above all – comfort. The right size ceiling fan will do more than just keep you cool; it can also save you money.
MEASURING YOUR ROOM SIZE:
To determine which size ceiling fan you need, use these guidelines: Find the square footage of the room by measuring the length and width of the room and then multiply the (e.g. 12 feet x 12 feet = 144 square feet).
Less than 144 square feet requires a ceiling fan under 42 inches.
144 to 225 square feet requires a ceiling fan from 44-50 inches.
225 to 400 square feet require a ceiling fan over 50 inches.
Over 400 square foot spaces require a ceiling fan over 62 inches.
DO I HAVE ENOUGH CLEARANCE?
If you are concerned about head clearance under your fan, then you’ll want to consider a flush mount or low profile ceiling fan. This is intended for rooms where the ceiling height is less than 8 feet. These low-profile ceiling fans install flush against the ceiling, allowing the blades to hang 7 feet above the floor – comfortable height for walking under. A standard ceiling fan with downrod (2” or 4”) is intended for rooms where the ceiling height is 8 feet to 10 feet. For higher ceilings, they make various length downrod extensions. If your ceiling fan is not completely flat, you will need a sloped ceiling fan adapter. Most ceiling fans come with a ceiling mount that can work with ceiling pitch (or slope) up to a certain degree. However, this varies by manufacturer.
While there are many options in ceiling fans, it’s best to figure out what you need before you begin shopping. Being informed is the best way to ensure you’re getting the right ceiling fan for your project.