The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

  • Shaina Barraga

Pretty much everyone you know has a ceiling fan in their home. This underrated but essential equipment keeps cool air circulating on hot days and keeps you warm in the winter by creating an updraft. Also, they are a great way to save on HVAC bills and costs.

Functionality aside, they also offer an aesthetic appeal wherever it's installed. Additionally, many ceiling fans can be remotely operated and have lights on them to provide dual function and a dramatic look.

Looking to buy a ceiling fan for the first time but you're feeling overwhelmed? No worries, follow this guide to learn what ceiling fan buyers need to know.

Size

When it comes to the sizing of a ceiling fan, there are two main factors one needs to consider:

  1. The height of the down rod (the height of the fan)
  2. The size of the fan blades

Typically, ceiling fans are installed 2.4 meters high off the floor. However, in the case of lower ceilings, this figure could be lower.

But this height is completely adjustable. So, if you have a very tall ceiling, get a down rod that can extend the length of your fan so it hangs lower and works more efficiently.

Also, you can buy fans with a blade size perfect for your room's square footage. For example, DOE's Energy Star program states that for a 13.3 sq. meter normal-sized room, a 42 inch (1066.8mm) ceiling fan will suffice. For a larger space of up to 20.9 sq. meters, a 44 inch (1117.9mm) blade is appropriate. Lastly, for a room that is 37.16 sq. meters, you'll need to look for a 54 inch (1371.6mm) fan.

 

 

SMALL

MEDIUM

LARGE

BEDROOM

Room size: 3m x 2m (6m2)

Fan size: 35’’ to 42’’

 

Room size: 4m x 3m (12m2)

Fan size: 42’’ to 48’’

Room size: 5m x 4m (20m2)

Fan size: 52’’ to 56’’

OUTDOOR AREA

Room size: 3m x 3m (9m2)

Fan size: 42’’ to 48’’

 

Room size: 5m x 4m (20m2)

Fan size: 52’’ to 56’’

Room size: 6m x 5m (30m2)

Fan size: 52’’ to 56’’

LIVING/ SHARED SPACE

Room size: 3m x 3m (9m2)

Fan size: 42’’ to 48’’

 

Room size: 4m x 4m (16m2)

Fan size: 48’’ to 52’’

Room size: 6m x 5m (30m2)

Fan size: 52’’ to 56’’

BATHROOM/ LAUNDRY

Room size: 2m x 2m (4m2)

Air extraction: 150 to 250 m3/hr

 

Room size: 3m x 2m (6m2)

Air extraction: 200 to 350 m3/hr

Room size: 3m x 2m (6m2)

Air extraction: 300 to 450 m3/hr

 

Blades

Since we have briefly discussed the importance of fan blades, it would only be fitting to move on to the types of blades you can find. The conventional ceiling fan has three blades, and indeed anyone who starts thinking about ceiling fans will get the image of a three-blade fan in their mind.

However, two blade ceiling fans also exist! So, keep in mind your requirements, budget, room size, and style when considering whether you would like a three-blade or two-blade fan.

Though, if three isn’t enough for you, fans are also available in 4 and 5 blade variations. These can provide quieter performance in most cases.

Types

Ceiling fans, in essence, are made up of the same component, such as blades and mount. Some of these parts, however, can be modified or replaced. However, for one who cannot tell the differences between different ceiling fans, keep in mind that they come in a few different types:

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

These are wet-rated and made to perform in an outdoor environment. They are a perfect fit for decks, overhangs, or unfinished garages.

Standard Ceiling Fan

The standard fan descends from the mount on the ceiling by the down rod, which is essentially a rod that hangs down. This allows for more air to be circulated between the floors and ceiling. They may also come with light fixtures and are usually reversible so that they can cool in the warm months but keep people warm in the winter.

Ceiling Fan Styles

If you look hard enough, you can find just about every type of ceiling fan; for home use, industrial applications, and everything in between. Once you have decided on the type of ceiling fan that has the functions you need, you can then focus on finding one that matches your interior décor well.

For instance, this sleek 3-blade fan is one of the most stylish options you'll find anywhere. It comes in a range of colour and finish options, making it an excellent match for pretty much any space.

 

Also, check out this ceiling fan with a similar design but with light and smart controls.

 

Ceiling Fan Finishes

It is also important to consider the finishing of your ceiling fan. Again, you can take inspiration from the finishes currently employed in your house. For example, if your cabinet hardware and door handles are brushed nickel, your ceiling fan should also fashion a finish that complements that.

However, white is the most popular colour for ceiling fans because it can look good in any setting. But if you are looking for something a little different from the mainstream, check out these common finishes for ceiling fans:

Accessories

If you want to jazz things up or make your ceiling fan even easier to operate, here are some accessories to consider:

Light Kit

If your ceiling fans don’t already have a light, you can modify them afterward using a light kit. All you need to do is check your fan's model and see if it already includes a kit or is compatible with light kits, so you may add one if you choose later.

Smart Fans

Like other smart home devices, you can control the smart fan through a voice assistant like Alexa or Siri. Furthermore, you can check your intelligent fan's statistics, manage them through an app, and programme them so they can turn on or off automatically and adjust speed according to pre-set parameters.

Remote Control

Remote controls are plain convenient. If you don’t want switches dominating your space, the remote controlled fan is a perfect choice. They are perfect for those who have a contemporary, minimalistic home.

To Wrap It Up

In conclusion, it is safe to say that your requirements will determine the kind of fan you opt for. Most homeowners are opting for remote-controlled fans due to the convenience they provide.

If you are buying a ceiling fan for the first time, keep in mind the pointers given above to make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Browse through our collection of ceiling fans, and if you have any queries, you can contact our helpful team and they will be happy to assist you. Our high-quality ceiling fans will definitely add a more stylish and comfortable touch to your home.
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