How to Choose the Right Fan
Ceiling fans are an important part of creating the perfect home décor, but they are also a natural choice when considering energy efficiency for the home. Ceilings fans not only provide cooling in the summer months, they also help circulate warm air in the winter months and can save you money on your energy bills.
The use of fans can reduce your energy costs up to 40% in the summer and 10% in the winter. During the summer fans create a “cooling effect” lowering temperatures as much as 8 degrees, allowing you to raise the air conditioner’s thermostat. In the winter, fans should be operated in reverse mode to recirculate the warm air trapped in the ceiling.
More than just functional appliances, fans are an important design element in homes and are available in a wide array of sizes and styles. Fans are also rated for indoor or outdoor use based on damp or wet locations.
To determine which size you fan you need, measure the room where the ceiling fan(s) will be installed and follow these guidelines:
- Ceiling fan blade spans range from 29-54 inches. The 52 inch fan is the most popular.
- Large rooms (over 150 square feet) can accommodate more than one ceiling fan.
- For maximum airflow, allow at least 18 inches of clearance between the edge of the fan blade and the wall or ceiling.
- For maximum comfort, circulation, and safety, place the ceiling fan higher than 7 feet above the floor in the middle of the room. Optimal placement is 8-9 feet from the floor.
- In areas where the ceiling height is greater than 10 feet, use a downrod to bring the style and function of the ceiling fan into the room.