Ceiling Fan Info

Choosing a ceiling fan doesn’t appear to be too difficult, but there are a few things you need to know before you pull the trigger.

Every gust of air can make a difference in a home during the summer months. Ceiling fans can help with your personal comfort while keeping your utility bills down. In order to pick the winner, you must choose which room and where it will go. Have all your questions answered by reading on.

What size fan is best?

The fans amount of air moved depends on the number of blades as well as their length. The standard bedroom is 12 feet by 12 feet, and the standard four blades, 42inches is perfect. Any rooms larger than that are best suited by wider and longer blades. 52 inches should do the trick for larger rooms.

Your everyday ceiling fan has four blades, but other models make up to six blades; and the more blades the more air it moves. If you are searching for maximum air flow and are on a budget, look for a cheaper five bladed fan.

How long should the fan hang?

The minimum of space between the fan blades and the floor is seven feet. As you’ve noticed not all rooms are the same height, and often in different styles. One fan that would hang too low in one type of room may be perfectly for another.

Fan manufacturers know where their product is going, so they’ve come up with different styles. There are two basic models: standard and ceiling hugger-models.

The standard model has 6 or 8 inch-long downrod extending from the ceilings bracket to the motor. These ideally go on ceilings that are eight feet high. Anything higher and an extension rod may be necessary. If it’s too high the fan becomes useless.

For lower ceilings, the ceiling-hugger is great, as it’s useful and still leaves headspace.

Boxes always have the recommended “install distance” or some description of amount of space needed.

How much will I save on bills?


The energy savings are found in the models that have the energy star label. Energy star fans have motors that are 60% more efficient than the standard fans, which save you about $20 a year on utilities.

What’s cool about these units is they have the power to switch blade direction.

What about an overhead light?

If the box shows a light included, don’t assume a light is in the box. The box must state a light comes with the ceiling fan. Sometimes people prefer to buy their lights separately. Read the small print before you make a decision.

How to install a ceiling fan?

DIY is always an option, but it could get trickier depending on where you light. In most places a homeowner can hang his celling fan legally. Some cities across the country require an electrical permit, or a licenses electrician to hang them.

If this is a DIY project just follow the instructions inside. They should state everything quite clearly, but sometimes some companies don’t spend a lot of time on their instructions. Youtube also has hundreds of ceiling installation videos. Find one that most closely resembles yours and mimic their every move.

If you happen to be placing a ceiling fan where there wasn’t one before, you will have to cut through the ceiling and walls to access the proper wiring. If that makes you a bit uneasy, you may want to c all a professional.

Will it rattle?

If a fan is installed correctly, it shouldn’t wobble; but through time it may gain a little rattle because it does happen.

If the fan is shaking as its spinning, get yourself a balancing kit which has weights and clips. Whatever brand you bought could even come with one. These are cheap so you can pick it up quickly and easily. 

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