Energy conservation and rising fuel costs make ceiling fans a natural choice when it comes to conserving our natural resources. Ceiling fans not only circulate cool air in the summer, they also help with the movement of warm air in the winter.
During the summer months, a fan operating in the normal mode can reduce how cool you feel in a room by as much as eight degrees, allowing you to raise the air conditioner’s thermostat and reduce energy costs.
In the winter, fans should be operated in reverse mode to recirculate the warm air trapped at the ceiling.
Techniques for Selecting a Ceiling Fan
- Fan SizeFan SizeBigger rooms need bigger fans. For maximum efficiency, choose a fan to fit your room size. Rooms up to 75 square feet, like a bathroom, do best with a fan 36" or smaller. Medium sized rooms up to 144 square feet can fit ceiling fans from 36" - 42". The larger bedrooms and family rooms around 225 square feet are most efficient with fans that are 50"- 54".
- Ceiling HeightCeiling HeightPlace the fan higher than 7 feet above the floor in the middle of the room for maximum comfort, circulation, safety and aesthetics. Optimal placement would be either 8 or 9 feet from the floor.
- MotorMotorThe 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 high-quality motors with heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are permanently lubricated.
- LightsLightsLights can enhance your fan's design, with shades available in a variety of materials from stone to crystal and hand blown glass. For a more relaxed environment, consider uplighting, where light bounces off the ceiling to create more of a mood effect than the traditional downlighting.
- Damp LocationsDamp LocationsFans to be used outdoors or in bathrooms should be specifically designed and approved for damp locations. When adding a fan to the bathroom, look for one specifically designed and CUL-listed for damp locations. Want one for the patio? Opt for a fan that is CUL-listed for wet locations.