Ceiling fans can be used both indoors and outdoors and they are able to move air and keep your room much more comfortable in summer or winter. If you are looking for the best ceiling fan, the following buying guide will help you find the right one to fit your indoor style and space.
How to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan
The primary purpose we use a ceiling fan is to circulate air in a room. However, air conditioners only can chill air but cannot circulate air. Therefore, a ceiling fan is a good company for your air conditioner, because it can push chill or warm air around, resulting in the balanced temperature in your room. And this can help to reduce the use of your air conditioner, resulting in saving some money on your energy bill.
And a ceiling fan is able to create a refreshing retreat on a screened or open porch. However, just make sure it is rated for wet and damp location. Actually, there is another type of fan called misting fans which are perfect for outdoor use. If you need a ceiling fan for outdoor use, make sure its fan blades are weatherproof. Both types of fans can handle moisture, but make sure damp-rated ceiling fans should avoid contacting water. If you live in rainy or coastal areas, wet-rated ceiling fans are most suitable.
To find the best ceiling fan, firstly, you need to know the size. According to ENERGY STAR® suggestions, you can choose the right size based on the room you plan to circulate air. The following recommendations can help a lot.
- Rooms up to 75 square feet = the fan diameter should be 29-36 inch
- Rooms 76-144 square feet = the fan diameter should be 36-42 inch
- Rooms 144-225 square feet = the fan diameter should be 44 inch
- Rooms 225-400 square feet = the fan diameter should be 50-54 inch
Another factor is needed to be considered is the ceiling height, no matter you need to replace an old ceiling fan or just buy a new one. If the ceiling is too high and you choose a relatively small ceiling fan, the ceiling fan cannot move the top air to the floor. Actually, the ideal height from the ceiling fan to the floor is about 8 feet. Many ceiling fans come with multiple mounting options, which means they can be compatible with almost any ceiling height in the home. However, it is recommended to measure your ceiling height and you will know whether a fan can work the best for your room.
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Actually, there are two types of mounting options.
Flush mount – If the ceiling is low and a low profile is required, flush mount is the ideal choice. Flush-mount fans are directly mounted flush to the ceiling and no extra attachment is needed.
Downrod mount – If the ceiling is high, higher than 8 feet, downrod mount is the right choice. Many ceiling fans come with a downrod for those whose ceiling is very high. Generally, you can find it in the package. However, if your ceiling is extra tall, a longer downrod is required.
Ceiling Fan Blades
The look of the blades is not only related to a design feature but also implies the utility and efficiency. The pitch of the fan blades can influence the ability to circulate air in the room. Therefore, you need to choose one that looks perfect. More and more models provide reversible blades, allowing you to change its look by reversing them. This design is cool, perfect for those who just get tired of the current finish and want something new. Different models come with a different amount of blades. Some fans even offer up to 9 blades, similar to a helicopter, while normally, a ceiling fan comes with 4 or 5 blades. And shapes are also another consideration.
Styles and Finishes
Ceiling fans can be manufactured in a large amount of finishes and styles. The one you choose should match the current theme and decor in your room. Most fans allow you to adjust its speed and some of them even have a reverse air flow function that is helpful to the heating during cooler seasons. Remote controls are also essential and useful.
Shades – The light shades of ceiling fans typically come in glass. However, due to the new innovative designs, there are some fans that is hidden with a special shade. Actually, the shade is a special fabric drum shade. Popular shades include:
- Alabaster glass
- Frosted glass
- Seeded glass
Finishes – Different models come in different finishes and you can always find the perfect finish on the market. However, you need to consider the current existing finishes in your room. For example, a fan with a complementary finish is compatible with your brushed nickel cabinet hardware and door handles. Popular finish for the fan blades and the base include:
- Antique bronze
- Brushed nickel
- Matte black
- Oil-rubbed bronze
- Polished pewter
Ceiling Fan Accessories
Maybe some people want to modify or enhance your fan, and ceiling fan accessories can help a lot.
Angled ceiling adapter – If you have an angled ceiling, angled ceiling adapter can allow you to mount a ceiling fan even on the angled ceiling. It just attaches to the fan’s outlet box. And a longer downrod may be needed if your ceiling is very high.
Downrods – If your ceiling is very high, this accessory can help to lower the fan to an optimal height. A downrod is a standard accessories in the package of a ceiling fan. However, if the fan you buy doesn’t have one or your ceiling is too high, you need to buy one separately.
Light kits – Light kits are perfect for those who want to modify the ceiling fan after installation. You can check the package to make sure whether the current ceiling fan is compatible with a light kit. If it is yes, you can easily add a LED or standard light in the future. However, just make sure the maximum wattage should be not exceeded.
Remote control – A remote control is essential, because you will find it is so convenient to control your fan with a remote control. You can easily adjust it according to your desired comfort level.
Pull chain – You can use a pull chain to decorate your fan if necessary
Ceiling Fan Installation
Pre-assembled fans are easy to install. If you feel the installation is a little difficult or complicated, you can buy a pre-assembled fan. Before installing a fan, you can refer to its instruction manual which can tell you step-by-step instructions, warning, safety and caution information. If you don’t plan to install it yourself, hiring a qualified electrician is a good choice.
Good to Know
- An outlet box should be in the ceiling, or you need to hire a qualified electrician.
- A meat outlet box is required by most ceiling fans. If the outbox is made of plastic, you may need to hire an electrician to replace it.