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Tips on Choosing a Ceiling Fan

Tips on Choosing a Ceiling Fan

Depending on where you live, a ceiling fan might be an inevitable home appliance in hot summer days. If you need to install a new ceiling fan or you want to replace the one you’ve already got, there are so many types, sizes and models to choose from. In fact, the choices could be overwhelming. To help you make the right decision when buying ceiling fans, I’d like to share these useful tips with you.

How to choose the proper size for your room(s)? To determine the perfect size of the ceiling fan, you need to know the square footage of your room. Too large ceiling fan makes air moving too excessively, whereas too small fans usually cannot offer enough air. When choosing the right size of the ceiling fan for your room, it’s important to consider a fan’s diameter. If your room is very large and has a high ceiling, a fan with 60-80 inch blade spans is the best choice. However, if your room is up to 75 sq. ft. opt for blade spans up to 36 inches. Keep in mind that you need between 18 and 24 inches clearance on each side of the fan.

Whenever you can, opt for a ceiling fan that comes with light kits. However, although they do provide overhead illumination, you still need to supplement them with other fixtures. If you prefer fans without lights, you can order them too.

If you’re looking for an outdoor ceiling fan, it’s crucial to get the product that’s wet- and/or damp-location approved. Wet-location fans are created for locations that are likely to be in contact with water, while damp-location listed products are perfect for covered patios and porches where they aren’t susceptible to contact with the elements. Both fan types can be equipped with light kits (also waterproof) to provide additional outdoor lighting.

Finally, it’s important to understand an airflow efficiency of a ceiling fan: CFM (standing for cubic feet per minute). These measurements are taken when ceiling fans are on high speed and this number is divided by the used watts. The higher the number, the higher airflow efficiency is. According to requirements, 75 cfm/w is the minimum for the fan to be considered efficient enough.


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