Choosing a Ceiling Fan

ceilingfanEnergy and fuel costs are on the rise again making ceiling fans a great option for those who want an easy way to cut down their home’s energy consumption. Ceiling fans not only help circulate cool air in the summertime, they can help move warmer air around in the winter making them a great asset to any room year round.

It is said that ceiling fans can help a room feel as much as 8 degrees cooler when run on a normal setting. This can be a true life saver in the hot summer months. Not only do they cool the room down, they also can help the room feel fresher and more open.  In the Northwest, most homes don’t have air conditioning units, and if they do, they only run for a few months out of the year. Installing a ceiling fan can help you reduce your air conditioning bill easily, and if you don’t have an air conditioning system it can act as one.

ceilingfan3When selecting a ceiling fan you should consider a few things to make sure you get the right one for your room. Fan size is very important.  The larger the room the larger the fan will need to be. If the room is very large, multiple fans may be a good option. Rooms that are up to 75 square feet will do fine with any fan up to 36 inches. Bedrooms and family rooms up to 144 square feet typically use fans ranging from 36 inches to 42 inches, and larger areas can go with fans from 50 to 54 inches.

It’s also important to think about the ceiling height of the room when selecting the right fan. The fan should be at least 7 feet above the floor for safety reasons. Anything below 7 feet could be unsafe, look awkward and not provide the circulation benefits that a properly installed fan would.

ceilingfan2There are also many different types of blades for ceiling fans. For optimal circulation, experts suggest hat the blades are to be installed at a 12 to 15 degree angle. It’s also important that the blades are balanced so that when the fan spins it doesn’t wobble or make noise.

Other things to look at when purchasing a ceiling fan are the motor, lights, warranty, installation requirements and of course style. Our expert lighting specialists can help you find the right ceiling fan for your room and your budget. Stop on by our stores in Bellevue and Seattle today or check out our selection online.