A ceiling fan can be functional and attractive, but it can also make an impact on the room’s comfort level. What makes the perfect ceiling fan? While style and finish are certainly important, considering a few key factors will help you pick the right ceiling fan for your space.
Consider Room Size
For maximum performance, choose the right fan to fit your room size. In a room up to 50 square feet, like a bathroom, choose a 29" fan. Breakfast nooks and laundry rooms up to 75 Sq. ft. choose a 36" blade span. Medium size rooms up to 100 square feet can fit fans from 36" to 42". Standard bedrooms and family rooms up to 400 square feet work most efficiently with fans that are 50" or 52".
Great rooms or large areas over 400 sq. ft. require a ceiling fan with a 54" or larger blade span. For long or large rooms, you should consider more than one fan to handle your cooling requirements. For maximum comfort, the fan should be placed as close to the center of the room as possible. Keep blade tips at least 18 inches from any wall.
Bathroom and Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Look for a bathroom ceiling fan specifically designed and UL-listed for damp locations. Bathroom ceiling fans start at 29-inch blade spans since smaller rooms require less air movement and space is usually limited. Want one for the outdoor patio? Opt for an outdoor ceiling fan that this is UL-listed for wet locations. Outdoor ceiling fans can also be used indoors. They have protective motor coverings to keep moisture from corroding the motor.
Fan Blade Pitch and Size
Fan blades determine the amount of air being circulated throughout the room. Fan blade pitch is usually between a 12-15 degree angle for optimal circulation. Fan blades must be weighted and matched as a balanced set to avoid having your fan wobble. Ceiling fans with less than a 12 degree angle will not circulate air as well and be less efficient. The greater the angle or higher the pitch of the blade the more air circulation you will have in your room.
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. Smaller, less powerful motors found on lower quality fans may produce higher operating temperatures, lower air circulation and noisier operation
Choose a Lighting Style and Kit to Match Your Decor
Choose from classic to contemporary lights to compliment the look of your fan and your room. There are many light options such as single light bowls, spotlights, or multiple glass shades that can be added to a fitter to enhance the design.
Consider these factors when selecting the perfect fan for your home. For more information on the finest homes of the Palm Beaches, contact a Tauber Real Estate Services specialist at 561-626-4633.