Tips on Buying Ceiling Fans
The length and pitch of the blade are important
By Cathy McClellan
Using ceiling fans in multiple rooms can help you save on electrical costs. The fan helps control the temperature by moving warm or cool air throughout the house. By changing the direction of the blades, ceiling fans can provide circulation in both winter and summer. However, it is necessary to purchase the correct size fan for each room.
- What You Need to Know
- Before you begin, measure each room so you can figure out what size ceiling fan you will need. Some rooms might be ideal for remote-controlled fans, such as master bedrooms and living rooms.
Measure the dimensions of the room. A ceiling fan needs to be big enough to easily move the air. For instance, rooms with up to 225 square feet need fan blades of 50 to 56 inches. A 42- or 44-inch blade is best for rooms with 65 to 144 square feet, while a 32-inch ceiling fan is ideal in rooms smaller than 64 square feet.
Look for ceiling fans that have a blade pitch of at least 14 degrees. A small pitch will make the motor work harder and burn out quicker. Also, a lesser pitch will not move the air as well. Make sure the fan operates in reverse so that it can be used during the winter.
Make sure the ceiling fan will be safe for your room. Fans have a flush-mounted base or a pivoting rod attached to the ceiling. To be safe, a ceiling fan blade must be at least 7 feet from the floor, so a flush-mounted fan is best for low ceilings. A pivoting rod, which is available in various lengths, works well for higher ceilings. Ideally, the blade should hang about 8 to 9 feet above the floor.
Choose the correct light fixture for the ceiling fan. Decorative lights are ideal in living rooms and bedrooms because they create an ambient glow. For kitchen areas, it is better to use one globe light in the center of the fan because it is brighter. In addition, make sure the color of the blades will complement your room.
Determine what kind of on-off switch you want for your fan -- a pull chain, a light switch or a remote control. The use of both a light switch and a remote control gives you the most versatility to adjust your ceiling fan. Another option is to install a dimmer switch for the light attached to your fan.
About the Author
Cathy McClellan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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