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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can work wonders on warm summer evenings and, if used instead of air conditioning, can even save you money. Even though they are above all practical, these handy additions can also add a decorative touch to your space. Whether you're looking for an indoor or outdoor ceiling fan, size, style and quality are all important considerations. Here are some helpful tips to review before making your final decision:

What fan design should I consider?

Ceiling fans are a fairly prominent element in any room, so you’ll want to settle on the right design. There are several different styles available to choose from, including industrial ceiling fans, vintage ceiling fans and contemporary ceiling fans with lights, so you’re bound to find one that complements your home decor. Choose high quality ceiling fans with a wood base for something more traditional, or consider one with a brushed steel finish for an updated, contemporary look.

Ceiling fan sizes; how large should my ceiling fan be?

Ceiling fans need to have enough room to rotate properly, and should be sized to match your room’s dimensions. To determine your ceiling fans’ size, measure straight across from the blade tip to the opposite blade tip. Here is a general consensus of appropriate fan sizes in relation to square feet:

  • 32” fan for rooms up to 80 square feet
  • 42” fan for rooms between 80 and 120 square feet
  • 44” fan for rooms between 120 and 144 square feet
  • 52” fan for rooms 144 square feet and over

Should I purchase an energy efficient ceiling fan?

These tend to be more expensive off the bat, but will probably save you money over time. These ceiling fans are highly efficient, cutting down on your electric bill by maximising the quality of air circulation. Ceiling fans that can be used in "winter mode" work by rotating slowly in reverse to "pull" hot air down from the ceiling, and can cut down on heating bills.

What should I know if I'm looking for outside ceiling fans?

Though they look similar to indoor fans, outdoor ceiling fans are internally designed to specifically resist moisture and are waterproof on the exterior. If you intend to use it at night, you may want to consider outdoor ceiling fans with lights.

What options do I have for controlling my ceiling fan?

Traditionally, ceiling fans were controlled by pull cords. This option is still available, but now you can also choose from ceiling fans with remotes or wall controls for further convenience. These can be programmed to determine specific fan speeds and control any light fixtures that may be attached to the fan.

What ceiling fan accessories should I consider?

Instead of purchasing both a ceiling fan and pendant lighting or a chandelier, why not opt for a ceiling fan with lights? Easily control both the lighting and the fan speed with wall controls or a remote. Certain fans are also able to speed up or slow down according to the room’s temperature, ensuring your interior is always receiving the correct circulation.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for bedroom ceiling fans, a black kitchen fan or white modern ceiling fan, Houzz is bound to have the perfect one for your home.
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