Picking the Perfect Ceiling Fan

For today’s post, we are going to switch gears a little and discuss ceiling fans! Lauren has provided us with a wealth of knowledge on how to pick the perfect ceiling fan, where to mount it and whether to use it as a sole light source or just a fan.

When choosing a ceiling fan, the most important factor to consider is the size and height of the room. The first thing you need to do is calculate the square footage of your room. “If your room is less than 175 sq. ft, you’ll need a 42” to 48” ceiling fan. If your room is 175 to 350 sq. ft, a 52” ceiling fan is the size for you. And if your room is more than 350 sq. ft, choose a ceiling fan that is 60” or more,” said Lauren.

Most rooms are big enough for a 52” ceiling fan, which is the most common fan size. However, for a small bedroom you may need to go down to a 42” to 48” ceiling fan. Conversely, in a large living room, you may be able to go up to a 60” or larger fan.

Once you have determined your ceiling fan width, you’ll need to decide on height. Or, how far the fan will drop down from the ceiling.

According to Lauren, “If your ceilings are 8’ or 9’, you’ll need a ceiling fan that hugs the ceiling or has a short down rod. For ceilings that are 10’ and taller, manufacturers will normally sell different lengths of down rods to help bring your fan farther down from the ceiling. You want your fan at a height where it doesn’t feel oppressive but is still low enough for you to feel the airflow it produces.”

Finally, you’ll need to decide if you want your fan to double as a light source. Lauren informed us that most ceiling fans come with a light kit attached, and many can have a light kit added to them during installation.

“Most ceiling fans only work with light kits from their specific brands, so make sure to pay attention to that when selecting a fan,” Lauren said. “If you decide that you do want your fan to be a light source, I recommend that you have other light sources (recessed cans, lamps, etc.) in the room. Many light kits give off the same amount as just one 60W light bulb, so it’s best to have something to supplement.”

Lauren was also kind enough to leave us with a couple bonus tips to consider while picking out your perfect ceiling fan!

1. Think about how you want to turn your fan on and off. 

  • The most common way is via a light switch on the wall and a pull chain on the fan to change the motor from low to high speed. Many manufacturers now offer either wall or remote controls for ease of operation. These controls also include a button to turn the fan’s light on and off if it has a light kit. Again, these controls are usually brand-specific to the fan.

2. Once you find the perfect fan, look at its CFM rating – this is how much cubic feet of air it moves in a minute.

  • This number is typically determined by the pitch, or angle, of the blades and not by the number of blades the fan has. For residential spaces, a 5,000-6,000 CFM rating is ideal.

If you have more questions about ceiling fans or would like to set up an appointment to pick out new fans for your space, reach out to Lauren at 319-338-8275 orlaurend@pscia.com

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