Questions to Consider Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

An informed decision will help you get the most from your modern ceiling fan.

How does a ceiling fan benefit my space?

Modern ceiling fans are more popular than ever, available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and material options. Selecting the best modern fan for a space is not always obvious, however, but begin by considering the many benefits a ceiling fan can offer.

Air Circulation & Temperature Control

Anyone who's basked in the gentle breezes of a ceiling fan knows that central air conditioning is no match for the overall air quality and—depending on how hot it is—the comfort level a ceiling fan provides. The harshness of central air, both on the skin and to the atmosphere, makes it a necessary evil on the hottest days, but ceiling fans, boasting the latest in air circulation technology, can help reach optimal temperatures inside a room or house throughout the year.  

Energy Efficiency

Modern fans use a great deal less energy than air conditioning units or central air conditioning, making them a more eco-friendly option for controlling temperatures at home or business office. And while ceiling fans may be associated primarily with the warmer months, they can, in fact, aid in temperature control year-round. During the colder months, fans facilitate a more even circulation and distribution of warm air, maximizing the effectiveness of a home's heating system.

Light Source

Contemporary ceiling fans that also illuminate a room provide twice the functionality of a single device, enhancing a room's comfort level and ambiance in one fell swoop. If you have a room that could benefit from a ceiling fan, opting for a design that also includes a light source solves two practical problems, while imbuing a space with the visual appeal that ceiling fans carry.

Indoor & Outdoor Options

Contemporary ceiling fans are ideal for both indoor outdoor spaces. Installed in exterior spaces—patios, decks, terraces—or partially open spaces—like rooms that can be fully opened to the outside—ceiling fans can generate breezes on a still day, or optimize and more evenly distribute exiting breezes throughout a space. Achieving the same cooling result via central air is both difficult and enormously wasteful.

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Ceiling Fans Quick Tips

1. Determine Fan Location

Finalizing the location of your modern ceiling fan is the first step in narrowing down your fan choices: indoor fan versus outdoor fan; low ceiling vs high ceiling; large room vs small room. Once you've determined your ceiling fan's location, refining your fan selection becomes easier.

2. Measure Room Dimensions

The size of the room or space will be key to choosing the right fan diameter. You can exceed standard recommendations (see Energy Star Guidelines, below), but it's essential that you allow a minimum clearance of 18 inches around the fan to ensure maximum air movement.

3. Measure Ceiling Height

Ceiling height is key to choosing the right mounting element for your modern ceiling fan: standard ceiling downrod, or low ceiling element. With all ceiling fans, the optimal distance from finished floor to fan blades is 8 to 9 feet. At the very least, 7 feet should separate the floor from fan blades.