Points to Consider When You Buy a Ceiling Fan

by interior designer

in Appliances

With Summer fast approaching, it’s a good time to focus on air conditioning for the upcoming warmer months. One of the best ways to cool a home if you live in a hot area of North America is to buy a ceiling fan. A well made ceiling fan will reduce the overall temperature in a home by up to 5 degrees and will also provide a decorative feature depending on the style you purchase.

When buying a ceiling fan it is important to take some preliminary measurements of the area where the ceiling fan will be located. The blade span will be a vital point to consider especially in smaller rooms. A 3-foot blade length is an ideal size for the smaller interiors of your home. For larger rooms, anything up to 4 feet or more can be expected. It’s important to take into account the length of the ceiling fan blades for this will affect the flow of air and relating circulation issues.

The more blades a ceiling fan has, the more electric power is usually required to keep the ceiling fan in operation. Decorative requirements may require you to go for fans with 8 blades instead of the regular 4 and this is fine as long as you consider the extra costs involved.

Another major factor to consider when buying a ceiling fan is the height of your ceiling. It’s a requirement that the fan blades should be 84 inches above the floor and pre-buying measurements should be taken before making an order. Some fans have special mounts which can make the fan blades lower than expected. This too should be taken into account.

There’s a tendency to imagine ceiling fans as brutish noisy things which are conducive to headaches and sleepless nights but this is not necessarily true if you buy the right type. Many are virtually silent and require little in the way of maintenance. Although more expensive than the noisy versions, they do provide a more comfortable, quieter and complimentary addition to an interior which last longer and basically earn their original price.

Ceiling fans can be found in a few different materials including metal, wood and faux-wood. The type you buy will depend on the existing d├ęcor in the room where you want the ceiling fan positioned. Many ceiling fans come with inbuilt lights which kills two birds with one stone so to speak. This will add extra juice to your electricity bill but it can be effective in some settings.

Whichever type of fan for the ceiling you buy, it’s important to take into consideration the factors presented in this post. By doing so you will be able to find a good quality, long lasting and effective ceiling fan perfect for your home interior.

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Laura 03.25.10 at 17:40

These are some great pointers! I didn’t know that blades had to be at least 84″ above the ground but I can certainly understand the necessity. I think another thing to consider is what purpose you see the ceiling fan fulfilling. If it really is to cool the house that may lead you in a different direction than one that is meant to be primarily decorative.

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