How to choose the right ceiling fans for your home

Ceiling Fan

It doesn’t matter if it’s the dead of summer or winter, ceiling fans bring comfort to your home at any time of year. In the spring and summer months, ceiling fans create a pleasant breeze. During the winter, your fan forces the warm air (that rises upwards naturally) back down where it’s needed.

To produce the desired effect for your ceiling fan, you need to choose a fixture that correctly fits the room. Here are some tips to help you select the right ceiling fans for your home.

  1. Identify the placement of the ceiling fan.

    Where do you need the air to circulate? In most rooms, that happens to be directly in the center. If you have a large area, you may need two fans for better circulation of the air.

  2. Calculate the appropriate fan blade size.

    Ceiling fans come in a variety of sizes, with blades that are as small as 29” long to as large as six feet! To determine the right size, multiply the length of the blade by two (for the full diameter) and then multiply that number by the width of the blade. For example, a ceiling fan with 48-in. blades that are two inches wide would cover 192 square feet (48” X 2 X 2”). With a bedroom that is 10’ X 12’ (120 square feet), a 30-in. ceiling fan is a good size (30” X 2 X 2”).

  3. Determine the height.

    Ceiling fans should be placed a safe distance above the people in the room, preferably with the fan blades approximately 8 to 9 feet from the floor. For example, if you are installing a ceiling fan in a place with an 8-foot ceiling height, you should choose a flush-mount design. With ceiling heights of 9 feet or higher, you will need a ceiling fan downrod to lower the fan to a reasonable height where it provides sufficient air circulation. If you have a slanted ceiling, purchase a slope adapter or sloped ceiling mount. To determine the correct size of the downrod, add 6 inches to every foot over an 8-foot ceiling height. For instance, a 10-foot ceiling would require a 12-in. downrod.

  4. Plan for the electrical wiring.

    Are you replacing an existing overhead light fixture with a ceiling fan? Does your new fixture have both the lighting and lighting? Make sure your electrical circuit can handle the ceiling fan’s load. Hire an electrician to safely install the ceiling fan if your ceiling isn’t already wired for an overhead fixture.

  5. Avoid the wobble.

    Some fans wobble at medium to high speeds. This could be the result of a low-quality fan or improper installation. A fan won’t wobble by incorporating a strong motor that has the power to handle the blade angle and air resistance. If the fan doesn’t have a strong motor, it will burn out quickly. Invest in a good ceiling fan to avoid this hassle.

Take your time to determine the factors, and you will spend less time browsing and find the right ceiling fan for your home.

If you’re planning to build a new home, talk to your builder about the wiring and installing ceiling fans during construction. In the Oklahoma City metro region, talk to us at Ideal Homes about the various ways we incorporate convenience, comfort and energy efficiency into the new homes and communities we build.

Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker is the director of marketing for Ideal Homes - headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma. Ideal is the largest home builder in Oklahoma and the recipient of numerous local and national awards including “2007 America’s Best Builder” and 2010 “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine. At Ideal Homes Shoemaker manages all programs designed to drive qualified foot traffic to 17 community model homes. In his day-to-day responsibilities, Shoemaker oversees brand management, research, advertising, public relations, web development, customer relations, REALTOR relations, special events, and sales support. He is also heavily involved in customer satisfaction research and improvement processes, and sales training. Prior to joining Ideal Homes, Shoemaker spent three years as a public relations account executive for Jordan Associates advertising. While at Jordan, he worked with clients ranging from economic develop to healthcare. Shoemaker holds the designation, Member: Institute of Residential Marketing from the National Association of Homebuilders. He has shared his marketing insight and passion for residential real estate with audiences at the International Builders Show, the Pacific Coast Building Conference, and with numerous local real estate and civic organizations. He, his wife Jama, and their two sons live in an Ideal Homes Community in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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