By Gil Schauer, CeilingFan.com
Today’s ceiling fans are incredibly versatile and can be found in a wide variety of types and styles to meet your home’s décor and your own personal style. Ceiling fans offer a source of comfort and design in your home, and they are considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing, efficient temperature modification devices on the market today. From traditional to modern to flush mount to tropical ceiling fans, when you buy ceiling fans there are numerous types to meet the needs of your home’s indoor or outdoor space. Unfortunately, all of these choices bring on the daunting task of finding the right fan. Let’s take a closer look at some of the functionality versus style factors.
Energy-Efficient Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan already helps you cut heating and cooling costs, but Energy Star-rated fans or fans with DC motors provide even more savings and energy-efficiency. During the warmer months your fan reduces the work your air conditioner has to perform to cool your house, while in the winter your fan can help circulate hot air to reduce your furnace’s workload. Energy Star fans have been proven to move up to 20 percent more air than non-efficient models, and DC motors can consume up to 70 percent less energy.
You can buy most ceiling fans with three to six blades. Some contemporary models can even have only one or two blades, and others come with as many as eight. Contemporary fans often have sleek metal finishes with three or fewer blades. Traditional ceiling fans use the typical four to five blades and offer cross-veneered plywood or solid wood. Density board or pressboard is common, but is not as reliable or durable as solid wood. When you buy ceiling fans with wooden blades, you have the option of white, oak, walnut, pine, cherry, rosewood, teak, mahogany, and lots more. Many of the high quality ceiling fans come with beautifully detailed hand-carved blades or sturdy solid wood blades carved to look like leaves.
Fan blades made from natural palm leaves, woven bamboo, and fabric do not typically push air back down into the room as well as solid wood blades, but they can be extremely stylish and beautiful. The effect, for instance, of tropical leaves waving in a room or fabric sails wafting on an outside patio can be a designer’s dream come true.
Ceiling Fan Lighting
You have several choices when it comes to lighting. You can buy ceiling fans with uplights, downlights, both, or none at all. Your selection will take into account the way the room is used. For example, you may want the ambiance of an uplight in a bedroom, whereas you will probably prefer a fan with a downlight in the kitchen where you want to have more direct light.
When you buy ceiling fans you want to think of the installation just as much as the style of your fan. Fans should be at least seven feet from the ground and the ceiling should be one foot from the blade rotation. To make sure your ceiling fan heights are appropriate, consider this comparison of ceiling height to downrod length:
- 9-foot ceiling: 6 inches
- 10-foot ceiling: 12 inches
- 12-foot ceiling: 24 inches
- 14-foot ceiling: 48 inches
- 18-foot ceiling: 60 inches
If your home has sloped ceilings, you will need an angle-mounted or adjustable canopy that provides you with the proper ceiling and ground clearance. Most high quality ceiling fans come ready to hang at a 32-degree angle.
The placement of your ceiling fan should help determine the materials from which it should be made. High moisture and humidity areas, including bathrooms and kitchens, should use tarnish-proofed brass finishes and appropriate blades or fans rated for use in a damp environment.
Whether your focus is on functionality or style—or both—you have an amazing amount of options when choosing the perfect ceiling fan for your home. Visit www.CeilingFan.com to browse and buy ceiling fans from one of the widest selections of ceiling fans online, or call toll-free 877.724.2326 to speak with a ceiling fan expert who can help you narrow down your search.
Gil Schauer is the president of CeilingFan.com, an online retailer of premium ceiling fans since 1996. In addition to having one of the largest ceiling fan selections online, the ceiling fan company has the largest single store display of ceiling fans in the country, with its parent company selling nothing but ceiling fans since 1980. CeilingFan.com carries the many premium types and styles of ceiling fans from all of the popular ceiling fan brands. Visit www.CeilingFan.com to browse the wide selection of ceiling fans for applications inside and outside of your home.