The Need-To-Knows of Buying a Ceiling Fan for Your Home
With so many choices, it can be a tough fix to know what kind of ceiling fan is right for your home. A fan is just a fan, right? Well, not exactly. There are a few things to think about before buying and installing a ceiling fan in your home. Here are some things to know.
Gotta Spend Money to Make Money
Know what’s great about ceiling fans? Yes, they help to cool you off in the summer and warm you up in the winter, but they also save you money. According to the Huffington Post, Americans spend $130 billion annually on energy. On average, ceiling fans reduce energy waste by as much as 10 percent. This means that when you are using your fan, you’re getting use out of it without hurting the bank or the environment, bonus!
The Bigger the Room, the Larger the Fan
Did you know the size of your space should determine the size of your ceiling fan? To get the best use of your fan, its size needs to complement the size of the room. According to Energy Saver, ceiling fans are only suitable in spaces with ceilings at least eight feet in height. Larger ceiling fans provide more cooling than a smaller ceiling fan. Consequently, if you get a fan that is too small for the space, it won’t make much difference in keeping you cool. Energy Saver goes further to explain that ceiling fans work best with blades that are seven to nine feet above the floor, and hung 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. Small ceiling fans are more efficient in cooling a space that is four to six feet in diameter, while a large fan efficiently cools a space up to 10 feet in diameter. So before you buy your new ceiling fan, make sure its size balances the the size of the room.
The Power of the Blade
It comes as no surprise then, that the size of a ceiling fan’s blade determines air circulation. Though bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. The fan blade’s pitch is just as important as its size. What is blade pitch? Blade pitch is the angle of the blade. The blade pitch is measured in degrees, with the prime blade pitch of a ceiling fan measuring between 12 and 15 degrees. Remember, the blades should be weighted and matched, otherwise you’re going to have a rickety ceiling fan. Nobody wants that.
Get Your Motor Running
Running a ceiling fan is as easy as flipping a switch or pulling a chord. What many of us don’t think about though in terms of the ceiling fan, is that it is powered by a motor. The motor is in charge of the controlling the fan and propelling the blades for air circulation. When buying a ceiling fan, pay attention to the quality of the motor. Finely-tuned motors will have permanently lubricated, sealed bearings and durable windings. Not to mention, high-quality motors are quiet.
No Warranty, No Deal
Any good consumer knows that when you purchase a product, it comes with an excellent warranty. Before settling on a fan, make sure the warranty is good for the life cycle of your fan. If the product promises that it will last five years, make sure your warranty is set for five years. Nothing is more frustrating than having your fan breakdown, except finding out that your warranty expired two months prior.
Cool Down in Style
The style of your ceiling fan is just as important as the eclectic or modern stylings of your space. Look at the spotlight, color and material of the ceiling fan. Consider the ceiling fan’s style options before just buying it to solve the problem. Returns are annoying and you don’t want to bring home a fan that doesn’t mesh with your décor. Take full advantage of your consumer options. Shop online at large design retailers like Lumens, which offer a bevy of different ceiling fans, while also exploring brick and mortar stores for a style that catches your eye.
Now that you’re equipped with these tips, go out and find the perfect ceiling fan for your home!