Ceiling fans have one main function which is to get the air in a room or in an outdoor space circulating. Depending on where you install it, the fan can keep the air feeling clean and cooler, allowing you to get a restful night sleep in the bedroom or relax in the living room. With the right fan, you can even save energy as you may not have to run your air conditioner full time.
What size ceiling fan do you need?
In order to get ideal use out of your indoor ceiling fan, you will want to get the right size fan for the space.
- Up to 75 square feet of space: The ceiling fan should have a diameter of 29 to 36 inches.
- Up to 144 square feet of space: The fan's diameter should measure between 36 and 42 inches.
- Up to 225 square feet of space: The diameter should be 44 inches.
- Up to 400 square feet of space: The indoor ceiling fan should have a diameter that measures between 50 and 54 inches.
What ceiling fan blades are available?
The blades are one of the more important components. As such, you should consider the following when choose a fan:
- Available sizes: The blades themselves come in a number of sizes that often range from 30 to 60 inches. You should note that the longer the blades are, the more air they can circulate.
- Materials: The blades can be made from a variety of materials, including solid wood or cross-laminated veneer.
- Finishes: The actual finishes on the blades can range from a natural finish to bleached oak, black paint, faux granite, and white paint, among many others.
What ceiling fan accessories should you consider?
When you are looking to install a ceiling fan or two in your home, there are several accessories you should consider, which include the following:
- Downrods: These are slender rods that hang down from the ceiling. They allow the blades to be lowered down to an optimal height. Not all ceiling fans come with this accessory, though they do come separately and in many sizes and finishes.
- Ceiling adapter: These adapters allow you to mount outdoor or indoor ceiling fans on ceilings that have an angle to them. These ceiling fans often have longer downrods installed on them to lower the blades down to an optimal height.
- Remote control: You can use a remote control to turn your fan on, off, or adjust the speed without having to leave the coach.
- Pull chain: A decorative pull chain can be added to match your interior decor.
- Light kits: Some living room and bedroom ceiling fans can be outfitted with a light kit. These light kits often allow you to add LED or standard bulbs, increasing your lighting in your living space.