Although not one of the most expensive investments you will make in life, you still want a ceiling fan to operate safely and look great. A good ceiling fan will produce a wonderful breeze, function reliably, and match any rooms décor. After all, you want a fan that will last for years you want your moneys worth!
By choosing the right ceiling fan, you will find that hot summer days are easier to handle and cold winter nights can be more comfortable. The best aspect of having a ceiling fan is that you can lower your monthly energy bill by as much as 20%! It used to be that you had only a few choices when it came to choosing a ceiling fan. The designs were wood with elaborate glass shades.
Today, you can find every design of ceiling fan imaginable. If you want something simple with clean lines for a kitchen or contemporary home, you will find it. If you want something tropical with leaf blades and unique lighting fixtures, you will find it. Additionally, ceiling fans were once used only in the bedroom while today you can use a ceiling fan in any room. Whether choosing a simple fan for $89 or something out of this world for $1,000, the benefits are enormous.
The first thing to consider when buying a ceiling fan is the size for the room in which you plan to hang it. For instance, a room of 50-square feet should have a fan with a 30-inch span, a room from 51 to 100-square feet would need at 36-inch span, a room of 101 to 200-square feet, a 42-inch span, a room of 201 to 400-square feet, a 52-inch span, and a room greater than 400-square feet, a 54-inch span.
Once you have determined the right size fan, you will need to decide on having a light fixture, remote control, and style. A great choice to make is a reversible fan. This means that it can run clockwise in the wintertime to push the warm air by the ceiling down into the room. This means that in addition to lowering your summer utility bills, you can also enjoy savings during the winter months.
Wood blades are still a popular choice today so if you decide to go that route, just make sure they are properly sealed to avoid warping. This would be especially important if you plan to install the fan in a room such as a bathroom or kitchen, or outdoors. In addition to wood blades, you will find some that are a paddle design, tropical leaf design, white, just about every design you can think of.
The blade pitch is also important, as this along with the blade span is what determines the degree the fan will cool the room. The steeper the pitch, the more effective the fan will be in moving the air. Therefore, you should look for blade pitches that are between 11 and 16 degrees.
When it comes to the motor, you will find that they range from 1/60 and 1/3 horsepower. Motors that are higher powered will help produce more air. Additionally, the higher-powered motor will not overheat like fans that have lower powered motors. Look for a motor that has sealed bearings, which never need to be oiled. Another good option is a rubber flywheel, which helps keep torque under control. This helps to stabilize the fan while keeping the level of noise down, which is a problem seen in cheap fans.