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Selecting a Ceiling Fan and Installation Considerations

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you've visited your local home supply store lately, you've probably seen the vast amount of ceiling fans available in a variety of configurations and designs, from a variety of manufacturers. The choices can be overwhelming. This article aims to serve as your guide when selecting a ceiling fan, to ensure you get the best quality, best price, and most well-suited ceiling fan before you begin your ceiling fan installation project.

The energy savings and climate control benefits of ceiling fans aren't the only reason ceiling fans are installed. Ceiling fans can bring a beautiful aesthetic to any room, and are a large part of effective interior and exterior decorating. Today's ceiling fans are sturdy, quiet, and decoratively finished for maximum visual impact. However, when selecting a beautiful ceiling fan, it's very important that you find the right ceiling fan for the job and take into account a couple factors with regard to its installation.

The following are some of the most important ceiling fan selection and installation considerations you can make to ensure your installation project is a success:

Size

Ceiling fan size makes a big difference in whether or not a ceiling fan will effectively and efficiently do its job. For peak efficiency, choose a ceiling fan sized specifically to the size of the room in which it will be installed. As a rule of thumb, smaller fans (36" or smaller) are most appropriate and look best in smaller rooms. Medium-sized rooms, those rooms up to about 145 square feet, need a ceiling fan installed in the 36" to 42" size range. Choose one or more large ceiling fans, 50 inches or larger, for rooms that are at least 200 square feet in size.

Distance to the floor

Optimally, blades should be around eight feet off the floor once the fan has been correctly installed. If you're installing your ceiling fan in a room with a lower ceiling, choose a flush-mount fan. If you're installing your ceiling fan in a room with an average-height ceiling, the manufacturer-supplied hanging rod should allow the fan to be optimally positioned. In rooms with higher ceilings, extension rods are available to make certain the ceiling fan is installed at the correct height.

Motor size

The larger the ceiling fan, the larger the motor required. A 155mm motor is fine for smaller rooms, while fans in larger rooms should have a motor of at least 188mm in size.

Control options. Ceiling fans are available with the option of controlling the fan, as well as any attached lights, from a remote hand-held unit. Be certain to find a fan with an included remote if you'd like to take advantage of this convenient option.

Blade pitch

A blade pitch of 14 degrees is optimal to ensure air is effectively being moved through the environment.

Electrical service considerations

Make sure you consider whether or not you'll need electrical service brought to any fan's desired location.

Electrical safety considerations

Make certain the fan you buy is designed for the environment is which it will be operated. Buy outdoor fans for outdoor areas. For damp environments, make sure you look for a fan that's UL-listed as suitable for use in damp locations.

Spectrum Electric is an electrical service in Orlando and expert provider of ceiling fan installation services. We handle any and all ceiling fan installation projects, large and small, residential and commercial.