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Ceiling Fan Guidebook II
As mentioned in Park I, the size of the room will dictate the size of fan you choose. With the right size fan, you will have a much higher level of efficiency and the room will look proportioned. The following is a good guide to follow:

Fans come in a number of different sizes. Typically, they start at 32 inches and run up to 56 inches. This measurement is the blade span, going from the outside of one blade to the outside of another blade on the opposite side. Keep in mind that if you need a different size fan, you can have one custom made.

If your room is small, then you want a smaller size fan while for a larger room, you would want a larger fan. The following is a good guide when choosing size:
  • 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
By choosing the right fan, you will be able to stay cooler in the hot summer months. In fact, people living in regions with high humidity levels love, ceiling fans in that they work with the perspiration by providing circulation, which makes the skin, feel cool!

Again, a reversible fan is well worth the money in that you can benefit from the fan all year long. In this case, the blades would turn clockwise rather than the summer movement of counterclockwise. In this case, the ceiling fan can help with your winter energy bill, lowering it up to 8%! With the high cost of heating a home, that is substantial.

You will also find some fans that have what is called a winter setting. In this case, the fan would emit bursts of speed to blend both warm and cool air. For rooms that have high or angled ceilings, this type of fan is an excellent option. However, if your room has the standard eight-foot ceiling, then this option would not be much benefit.

For the motor, you want to choose one that has sealed bearings. This way, you would never need to oil the motor and noise will not be a problem. The rubber flywheel is also a good consideration in that it keeps torque under control. With this, the fan is stabilized, stopping any noise from going up to the ceiling where it would be amplified. Again, you do not have to pay top dollar for a quality ceiling fan but the ones that are least expensive often do not have either of these features, meaning you have noise and often, instability.

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