How to Choose the Perfect Ceiling Fan for Your Space

You want more control over the temperature of your space, and you want to do so with energy efficiency and low cost. In other words, you want to install a ceiling fan.

By improving air circulation in a space, ceiling fans can make a space feel either warmer or cooler, depending on the direction of the rotation and the ambient temperature of the space. Ceiling fans cost only about one cent to run per hour — compared to air conditioners at 36 cents per hour or over $3.60 per hour for an electric furnace. A ceiling fan is a great financial choice for improving the comfort of any space.

However, not every ceiling fan works well in every space. To ensure your ceiling fan has the effect that it should, you can use the following guide to find the perfect ceiling fan for you.

Will It Be Outside?

Though they might look more or less identical, outdoor ceiling fans are built slightly differently to better withstand the wear-and-tear they will face from the exterior elements. Wind, moisture, dust and pests can quickly compromise the delicate inner workings of a ceiling fan, so unless you want to replace your fan relatively often, you should select and install a fan that is properly rated for outdoor use.

Amongst outdoor ceiling fans, there is one important distinction for you to consider: damp-rating or wet-rating. Damp-rated fans should be installed on covered patios, where they might experience some moisture but are unlikely to get truly wet. In contrast, wet-rated fans are equipped to withstand direct contact with precipitation without becoming hazardous or losing functionality, so they can be installed in pergolas or other semi-covered spaces.

How Big Should It Be?

Ceiling fan size is a primary concern for most buyers — as it should be. Ceiling fans that are either too large or too small will not be able to function adequately in a given space, and they will negatively impact the look of the area, as well. Fortunately, there is an easy formula for you to follow to get the size of your ceiling fan just right:

If the length of the longest wall in your space is less than 12 feet, your fan s’s blade span should be 46 inches or less.

If the length of the longest wall in your space is between 12 and 18 feet, your fan’s blade span should be between 48 and 56 inches.

If the length of the longest wall in your space is greater than 18 feet, your fan’s blade span should be 56 inches or more.

Generally, interior designers advocate for placing a larger number of smaller fans in a great room with more significant proportions, as multiple fans are both more visually appealing and better at improving air flow.

How Many Blades Should It Have?

Engineers attest that fewer blades is better for the lifespan of a fan’s motor, but the truth is that the number of blades will have little to no impact on the functionality of a ceiling fan used in a residential space. Simply put, you can choose the number of blades for your fan based on your personal aesthetic preference.

Does It Need a Light?

Interior designers encourage including a mix of lighting in any interior space, which means every room in your home should have a source of overhead lighting, task lighting and accent lights to generate effective and comfortable illumination. If your space has no other source of overhead lighting, you should look for a fan that has a light kit included. As with the number of blades, the number of lights included with your fan is entirely up to your preference.

What Style Must It Adhere to?

The last consideration — but certainly not the least — is the style of your ceiling fan. Most interior designers want ceiling fans to blend into the background of a room’s design, but these fixtures can and should still adhere to the style and theming of a space, especially if every other décor element in the space fits the tone perfectly. Fortunately, you can find fans of almost every style, from sleek and simple modern ceiling fans to rustic country-style fans and even beachy and nautical fans. You might contact the sales or customer service department of a trusted fan brand if you need help finding a specific style of fan.

A ceiling fan is a wise investment to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. With the above tips, you should be able to find the perfect ceiling fan for any space.

Share on:

Leave a Comment