Ceiling fans play such an important role in your home during the year, and if you’ve noticed that certain fans are starting to make noise, or that the style of the fans in your home look outdated, then it might be time to upgrade. At The Light Center in Fort Collins, we can help you find the perfect fans for every room, and you’ll be able to use them throughout every season to help cool or heat your home. Visit us today to learn more!
Choosing the Right Fans
When it comes to choosing the right fans for your home, there are two factors to keep in mind at all times — ceiling height and blade span. For ceiling height, you want the fan to hang properly in the space, and that means it doesn’t hang too high or too low. As for blade span, you’ll want to be sure that the fan is able to move enough air to help cool the space adequately.
Each room in your home may have a different ceiling height, which means you’ll need to measure each space before you begin shopping for fans. For spaces that have a ceiling that’s eight feet or lower, you’ll want to go with a flush-mount, or “hugger,” fan. This means that the fan is installed as close to the ceiling as possible, and there won’t be any downrod attached to the fixture.
For ceilings above nine feet, you’ll want to include a downrod in your fan purchase. You can begin with a three- or six-inch downrod and see how low the fan hangs, and then adjust from there, should you need it to hang lower in the space. A good rule of thumb to follow is to add six inches of downrod length for each foot of ceiling height. This means that if you have a 10-foot ceiling, then you’ll want 12-inch downrod. Once you reach 11 feet, you’ll want to go with an 18-inch downrod. If you have questions about this, then please don’t hesitate to ask.
Everyone has their favorite style of ceiling fan blades, whether that’s a traditional style or something with a bit more flair, such as leaf-shaped blades. While style is important, nothing is more integral to your ceiling fan choice than blade span. This refers to the length of the blades on the fan and how they relate to the size of the room. The square footage of the space will determine how long the fan blades need to be in order to circulate air properly. For fans with an odd number of blades, you can measure from the center of the fan to the end of one blade and then multiply that measurement by two. For fans with an even number of blades, simply measure from the end of one blade to the end of the opposite blade.
As for blade span and room size, there are rules to follow there as well. For example, if a room is less than 75 square feet (such as a guest bedroom), then a fan with a blade span of 29 to 36 inches should suffice. You don’t want the blades to get too close to the walls, so make sure you know the room’s square footage. As the rooms get bigger, so should your blade span!
Visit Our Showroom
We hope that this post has helped you understand ceiling fans a bit bitter, and that you feel more confident about finding new fans for your home. When you visit our showroom, you’ll be helped by a knowledgeable staff member who can answer all of your questions and provide assistance where you need it.