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Ceiling Fan Fundamentals
When choosing a ceiling fan, it is important that you understand the fundamentals. This will ensure you buy the right ceiling fan for your needs and be happy with the decision. Following is information that will help guide you through the process. Remember, some people buy a ceiling fan to help create a nice, soft breeze, others to help move heat from the ceiling around the room, and others to help reduce humidity.

First, you need to understand that a ceiling fan does not lower the temperature in the room. Instead, it circulates the air. Because a fan is used most often when a person is perspiring, the breeze only makes it feel as though the rooms temperature is lower. However, the ventilation does in fact make the room much more comfortable. If the fan is used with an open window, the outside air is also circulated, giving the room a fresh outdoor air smell.

Fans are comprised of a number of different components. First, the motor of the fan is probably the most important factor to consider. You want a quiet motor, one that will not hum or buzz while being used. Typically, a cheaper priced fan means that the outside covering of the motor is made of a very thin metal. What happens is that when the fan is turned on, vibration causes rattling and other noises, which is what you want to avoid. Now, that does not mean you have to buy the most expensive model in the store, but you do want to choose a style that is build better.

Next, you want to choose a fan that has the right type of blades. Most people choose the design of fan based on the look of the blades but there is more to the selection process than that. For example, the pitch of the blade is important. The best pitch is 14 degrees, which would provide you with the most air movement. Additionally, you want to think about balance. Since cheap blades are generally made from particleboard, they can warp, becoming off balanced. However, choosing blades made from solid wood but these too can warp. Your best option is to talk to your local professional who can help you choose the right material for the region in which you live

Lighting is something optional with a ceiling fan but if you want a light, then you want to ensure it provides adequate lighting for the room. In this case, if you were buying a ceiling fan for the kitchen, you might want a brighter or larger light kit than if the fan would be used in a bedroom. If necessary, you can always have a dimmer switch installed, which would allow you to control the brightness of the light.

The size of your room is also very important in that you want to choose the fan that will fit best and provide the best efficiency. Fans are available in sizes ranging from 32 to 56 inches, which is the blade span. If the room is large but you install a small fan, obviously it will not do much good. On the other hand, installing a large fan in a small room will look off balanced and unattractive. We would recommend you use the following guideline when selecting the fan:
  • Rooms greater than 12 feet 52 to 54-inch fan would work best

  • If the room measures 10 x 12-feet, then you would need a 44-inch fan

  • For a 10 x 10-foot room, choose a 42-inch fan

  • Smaller rooms of 8 x 10-feet would need a smaller fan, ranging from 32 to 36 inches

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