Fan Installation

Today’s ceiling fans can be found in a wide array of styles and a host of functions to fit all décors and budgets. Keep reading to learn how to select the best ceiling fan for your room, and to find out why we selected the following five as ideal for particular areas:
1. BEST FOR LIMITED SPACE
2. BEST FOR LARGE ROOMS
3. BEST FOR PORCH OR PATIO
4. BEST FOR CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN
5. BEST FOR BLADE RETRACTABILITY
Important Considerations for Selecting the Best Ceiling Fan:
Size
Ceiling fans are measured by blade span, the distance from the tip of one blade to the tip of the opposite blade. They start around 16 inches in diameter and run as large as 74 inches in diameter, with 52 inches being one of the most common size. Whenever choosing a fan size, keep in mind the following: – When installed, the bottom of a ceiling fan extends about 8 inches down from the ceiling and features a three-inch “downrod” (which connects the ceiling plate to the electric motor base). Extra down rods of different lengths may come with the fan (or be bought individually) to allow for height adjustments. The general rule is to mount a ceiling fan so the bottom is no lower than 7 feet above the floor to adequate headroom beneath. Your ceiling should be at least 8 .5 feet for a ceiling fan.
– For the very best circulation, choose a blade length that allows at least an 18-inch clearance between the spinning blades and adjacent wall surfaces or draperies. While this will not be a concern in large rooms, it might be an important factor when installing a ceiling fan in a corridor, modest laundry area, or washroom.
Airflow
Ideally, a ceiling fan will efficiently circulate the air in a bedroom without being so strong that it blows out candle lights. Measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), a ceiling fan’s maximum airflow (operating on its highest speed) is listed on the box. Average airflow for a traditional 52-inch ceiling fan is around 3,000 CFM, however you can purchase ceiling fans with airflow ratings up to 12,000 CFM.
Greater airflow is typically better – you can always turn the fan speed down in case it’s creating too much of a draft, however, you can’t turn a fan with a low CFM up if it’s already on its highest possible setting.
Ceiling Fan/Light Combos
Ceiling fans come with or without light sets. If the room is otherwise amply lit – via can lighting, for instance– you may not need to have additional overhead light. But in case you’re replacing your only ceiling light fixture with a fan, you’ll probably be best with a fan/light combo. Ceiling fans with no light kits can usually be fitted with a light package of the same brand name (offered separately).
Energy Efficiency
One can easily save on utility bills by getting a ceiling fan/light combo that complies with the government’s Energy Star standards (search for the light blue label). Only fans with lights are taken into consideration, since fans by themselves use very little energy. By choosing an Energy Star fan/light combo over a non-rated equivalent, you could save up to 40 percent (about $25) on the fan’s yearly operating costs.
Design Information
A substantial variety of ceiling fans are available. You’ll find blades made of woven wicker, aluminum, and plastic, whimsical fans that look like airplane propellers and stylish fixtures of ornate polished brass with hardwood blades. For your best appearance, select a fan in a design similar to that of the room where it will operate. And if you don’t find ceiling fans at all attractive, you can find models with retractable blades that tuck nicely into the base when not being used.