Quick Guide to Buying a Ceiling Fan

Quick Guide to Buying a Ceiling Fan

Purchasing a ceiling fan for your home can be a little overwhelming with all the sizes and styles that are available. Ceiling fans can differ greatly in price and it is important to get a good quality fan as  inexpensive fans will look good when they are new, however in time they will start to warp, become off-balance, and wear out quickly. The best ceiling fan should provide you years of comfort and beauty.  When deciding what ceiling fan to buy keep these key ideas in mind:

Indoor or Outdoor

Will this ceiling fan go indoors or outdoors? If the fan will be in a patio, lanai, porch, or screened-in area, you should narrow your search to outdoor fans. These outdoor ceiling fans are UL listed for wet and damp locations. Wet ceiling fans can get direct exposure to weather and damp rated ceiling fans need to be in covered exterior areas.

Fan Size

A ceiling fan should be proportional to the rest of your room. Small ceiling fans for small rooms and large ceiling fans for large rooms.  Small rooms under 110 sq. feet require fans 36 inches or smaller; medium-sized rooms from 110 sq. feet to 150 sq. feet like bedrooms are cooled best  with fans between 36 and 42 inches; while large rooms from 150 sq. ft. – 300 sq. ft. need fans that are 50 to 56 inches. If you have a large room that is over 300 sq. ft. and is more long than square, then think about two smaller (under 54″) fans instead of one big fan to distribute the air circulation more evenly in the room. Place ceiling fans over the seating area you want to cool.

Motor

The key component of a ceiling fan is the motor. The motor is responsible for producing quiet operation while circulating the blades for air movement. Look for high-quality motors with heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated. Smaller, less powerful motors found on lower quality fans may produce heat, reduce air circulation and operate noisily. Motors are designed to work flawlessly for long periods of time and should have a long life. Look for a ceiling fan with ENERGY STAR qualified ratings to ensure highly efficient operation.

Lights

Do you need a ceiling fan to also provide lighting for the room?  Some fans come with light kits, and they can be single (dome) lights, or multiple lights. If you currently have little or no light at all in your room, choose a multiple light kit.  Most ceiling fans can accommodate lighting kits even if they do not come with one; this allows you more freedom when choosing a light kit for your ceiling fan. Lighting kits come in a huge variety of styles and sizes that will provide excellent illumination for your room.  Dimmers allow you to adjust light levels to achieve the ideal atmosphere. Light and dimmer controls can be incorporated into wall or remote controls.

Ceiling fans come in many styles to match just about any room inside or outside your house. You should determine what style the room is, and then choose the ceiling fan style based on the room style.  Farrey’s offers thousands of unique fans from more than a dozen ceiling fan manufacturers in an array of styles and finishes to coordinate with your particular look and style. You may shop our site by ceiling fan style, ceiling fan size or ceiling fan brand. To find the style of ceiling fan to compliment your rooms use our ceiling fan search feature. Start a live chat, visit our showroom, or contact us at 888-854-5483 our experts are trained on how to choose a ceiling fan to enhance your lifestyle.

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