Unlike chandeliers, pendant lamps and other ceiling fixtures that catch your eye the minute you walk into a room, ceiling fans often go unnoticed...until you realize how badly you need one above you on a particularly hot day! Just as optimum lighting is critical to a room's ambience, a good ceiling fan is the key to your comfort. Ceiling fans have been circulating air since long before indoor air conditioning became commonplace. What's more, fans keep you comfortably cool with a fraction of the power consumption! A modern ceiling fan that comes with an Energy Star label will lower your yearly electricity bill considerably. Also, a ceiling fan that uses a DC motor instead of an AC motor is likely to be more energy efficient. The ceiling fan/air conditioning combo is considered an effective one in modern times.
Choosing good ceiling fan fixtures for your home is essential for effective air circulation and comfort. What factors should you consider when choosing one? For one, there's size. Take into account both the ceiling height and the floor dimensions of your room. The optimal height to hang ceiling fans is eight to nine feet above the floor. At this height, your fan is safely above head level while also circulating air effectively. The minimum height may be specified in your building code requirements, so it's a good idea to refer to them before purchasing your fan. For a room with a high ceiling, consider ceiling fans with extendable down rods. For a room with a low ceiling, you may want to choose a flush mount or hugger mount ceiling fan.
The other aspect to consider is the size of your room. Smaller rooms like closets require fans with smaller diameters, while standard fans of at least 49" diameter work better in larger rooms like your family room or the master bedroom. Ceiling fans with lights work well in most rooms, cutting the need to install separate light fixtures. If you're considering adding a modern ceiling fan to your bathroom or patio, ensure that the fan is safety-listed for use in a humid, damp or outdoor space, just as you would with outdoor lighting. Another factor you should take into account is the angle of the blades as they rotate, also known as blade pitch. Your fan's motor power in combination with the blade pitch determines its effectiveness. Since a ceiling fan is one of those things you probably don't want to replace often, we recommend choosing one with a blade pitch between 12 and 15 degrees and a high quality motor.
Buying a ceiling fan is not all about size and specifications. With the range of styles available today, ceiling fan shopping could be a lot of fun! From the traditional to the modern, industrial to tropical, ceiling fans with or without lights come in all shapes and styles. Our selection makes ceiling fan shopping a breeze!