Ceiling Fan Solutions
The Decorative Accent That Will Set Your Home Apart
Look around your house and you will likely notice a lot of coordination. Maybe the brushed nickel knobs on your cabinets match the kitchen sink…. or every window in your home has similar wooden blinds.
By matching looks and materials, you can create a sense of cohesion to tie everything in the house together. But have you overlooked your ceiling fan?
It’s not so unusual to see homes with beautiful designer kitchens and upscale entertainment rooms that have fans that look out of place. If this describes your home, it’s probably time to do something about it. Ceiling fans have come a long way in the past few years.
People never used to think of fans as decorative pieces, but today there are a wide variety of beautiful options available. Current trends in ceiling fans include a much broader selection, especially in modern styles; a richer choice of materials and detailing; and the availability of fan-integrated lighting that is much more energy efficient.
One of the biggest trends today is that decorators are treating fans almost like pieces of furniture. Designers are using ceiling fans in places they previously used chandeliers – and best of all, these pieces have double the functionality.
Some of today’s fans feature truly exquisite lighting fixtures. A retro look might feature a single metallic blade and housing; and outdoor fan may have decorative plastic blades (to protect from the elements) that look like real wood or metal. Another trend is the prevalence of fans with larger motors and intricately decorated blades.
In addition to a wide array of decorative options, today’s fans are also more energy efficient than ever before. Many now carry an Energy Star rating with improved motor and blade designs that require less energy to run than conventional fan/light units. This can save you $15 to $20 per year on utility bills, plus any additional air conditioning or heating savings gained when the fan is operated properly. For instance, during the summer months, a fan can make the room feel as much as eight degrees cooler, reducing the need to run the air conditioning. During the colder months fans can improve a home’s heating efficiency by circulating the pocket of warmer air that otherwise rises to the ceiling.
Here are some tips that will make finding the fan that works best for your home a breeze:
- Bigger rooms need bigger fans. For maximum efficiency, choose a fan to fit your room size. In a room up to 75 square feet, like a bathroom, choose a 29- to 36-inch fan. Medium sized rooms up to 144 square feet can fit ceiling fans with 36- to 42-inch blades. Larger bedrooms and family rooms of around 225 square feet work most efficiently with 50- to 54-inch blades.
- Ceiling height is also important when choosing a fan. Place the fan higher than seven feet above the floor in the middle of the room for maximum comfort, circulation and aesthetics. Optimal placement would be eight to nine feet from the floor.
- Fan blades determine the amount of air being circulated throughout the room. The fan blade brackets should be positioned to hold the blade at a 12- to 15-degree angle for optimal circulation and be weighted and matched as a balanced set to avoid having your fan wobble.
- The heart of every ceiling fan is the motor. The motor is responsible for producing quiet operation while driving the blades for air movement. Look for a high-quality motor with heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated.
Consider the warranty. When you choose to purchase a ceiling fan, look for a good warranty for the life of your fan. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty.
Ceiling Fans – Cool And Collected
Choice in ceiling fans is almost endless. Many are extremely decorative and are regularly being used in places previously reserved for a other light fixtures.
Because ceiling fan technology has evolved so much over the last ten years, they now offer up some serious savings on your energy bills. By providing a cooling effect that can lower temperatures as much as 8 degrees, you can save up to 40% in the summer. And by re-circulating warm air downward in the winter, you can save up to 10% from your heating bill.
But which ceiling fan should you choose to maximize your investment? Though it may be tempting, buying an inexpensive fan may not provide the value you’re looking for. Lesser-quality fans can be noisy, blades can warp and become off-balance, and motor performance can degenerate over time, compromising on looks and efficiency. Be sure to choose a fan of good quality, design, durability, and performance. You should also look for a good warranty; some manufacturers even offer a lifetime warranty.
Here are some more tips to consider when choosing a ceiling fan:
- Be sure to inquire about the motor quality before purchasing. Look for heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated. A good quality motor will produce lower operating temperatures, quieter operation and more efficient air circulation, and will last for a long period of time.
- Don’t forget the lights! Enhance your ceiling fan by customizing it with a light kit that reflects your chosen style.
- Fan light fixtures are available in styles ranging from classic to contemporary, in materials like marble, crystal, and even hand-blown glass. You can also uplight your fan for a more relaxed feel to your room; light bounces off the ceiling to set the mood.
For medium sized rooms up to about 144 square feet, a 42″ fan is recommended. For larger rooms a larger fan is required (50″ to 58″) to ensure efficient air movement and asthetic balance.
For safety and comfort, be sure to mount your ceiling fan at least 7 feet from the floor; 8 to 9 feet is best. Place the fan in the center of the room for a maximize circulation and balance within the room.