In addition to the blades and motor when choosing a ceiling fan, you also need to consider the lights, hardware, and warranty aspects. Fans today are typically designed with light fixtures, which range from simple incandescent bulbs to elaborate and sophisticated, hand-cut crystal shades. If you purchased a fan without a light fixture, you can choose a multi-light fixture kit that can be attached using a fitter. This fitter connected to the bottom of the fan body.
For the finish of the fan, the best option is one that is painted and electrostatically applied with powder coatings. Try to find fans that have multiple coats of lacquer or brass-plated. The mounting hardware that comes with most fans is a six-inch downrod. If you have real tall ceilings, you can purchase longer downrods that measure up to 72 inches.
Additionally, you would need a hugger mount, which helps minimize the distance between the fan and ceiling in situations where the ceiling has a low overhead. Your best choice is a fan that has a swiveling ball-and-socket hanging system that lets the fan be hung from a sloped or flat ceiling.
The warranty is also important since they will vary from one manufacturer to another. You should try to find a fan that offers a warranty on the entire fan and not just the motor. Additionally check for the length that the warranty is in effect. Some will cover just one year while others will stretch out over five years.
Other things to consider include the controls. Typically, a ceiling fan would have a pull chain that operates both the light and fan. Another choice is to purchase a remote control, which provides you with the convenience of being able to turn the fan on and off, up or down from any place in the room. You can choose from a wall-mounted unit or one that is handheld. Either way, you avoid the hassle of having to get up to operate the fan.
Safety is crucial when hanging a ceiling fan. For the ultimate in safety, you need to attach the hanging brackets directly to the ceiling joist, if possible. If you are not able to gain access to the attic, you can use a brace bar from below the attic. Just be sure it is a heavy duty, adjustable metal bridge that has spiked ends. To make this work, you would cut a hole in the ceiling (if one does not already exist), making it large enough to slip the bar through to the frame. Now you want to position the bar so the legs are completely flush to the bottom of the joists. Finally, rotate the outer shaft so the spikes are set firmly into the wood. This is what holds the fan safely into place.