In How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part One we covered the type of fan for the ceiling height of your room, where the ceiling fan is going to be installed, the right blade span for the size of your room and determining the slope of your ceiling. And in How to Buy a Ceiling Fan: Part Two we covered deciding if you want a ceiling fan with light, choosing the right style and finish to compliment your rooms surroundings, and the ceiling fan motor quality.
Part Three of How to Buy a Ceiling Fan is the last part of this series. In this post we will cover the final things that you need to decide before buying the right ceiling fan for your home.
Shop for Fans with High Airflow and High Airflow Efficiency
Product airflow and airflow efficiency is very important when buying a ceiling fan. You will want to find a ceiling fan with high airflow and airflow efficiency.I know for me this is a must. Florida in the Summer gets really hot so I only want a ceiling fan that is going to produce the maximum air movement possible to help me cool off. I also want to make sure that the fan is efficient so I’m not using more energy than I have to.
Airflow from ceiling fans are measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). The higher the airflow the cooler you’ll be. High airflow depends on the size of your fan. The larger the fan the more airflow you will receive.
50″ and larger blade spans should produce airflow of 6500+ to 2999 CFM
42″ to 49″ blade span should produce airflow of 5000+ to 1999 CFM
41″ and under blade span should produce airflow of 4000+ to 1499 CFM
Airflow efficiency if measured by CFM/Watts. The airflow efficiency also depends on the size of the fan.
50″ and over blade span should have airflow efficiency of 99+ to 49.9 CFM/Watts
42″ to 49″ blade span should have airflow efficiency of 80+ to 39.9 CFM/Watts
41″ and smaller blade span should have airflow efficiency of 70+ to 24.9 CFM/Watts
I do not recommend that you buy a ceiling fan with lower airflow and airflow efficiency than what is listed above. Unless you just want a ceiling fan for decoration.
How do you want to Control your Ceiling Fan?
There are several ways to operate a ceiling fan. When you are shopping for a fan look for a ceiling fan with control that comes with the fan. This way you won’t have to worry about matching the right control with the ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans can be operated by a traditional wall control that allows you to operate the speed, lighting and sometimes forward/reversal of the fan without a pull chain.
My favorite way to operate a ceiling fan is with a remote control. Remote control ceiling fans allow you to stay comfortable on the couch and still control the ceiling fan with a touch of a button. Hand held remote controls for ceiling fans work by transmitting a frequency to the receiver unit in the ceiling fan. So if you don’t buy a ceiling fan that already comes with a remote buy a remote control and receiver unit that matches the brand of the ceiling fan and also is compatible with the model.
If you are installing a ceiling fan in a room with a high ceiling make sure you look for a control that has the forward/reverse option. This way you don’t have to drag out a ladder each season when you want to change the ceiling fan direction.
Who will Install the New Ceiling Fan?
The Big Question!!!
If you are going to be installing the ceiling fan yourself (or your significant other) you need to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. This is very important to make sure your new fan is installed and wired properly. You will also need to make sure you have all the proper tools handy. It is always a lot easier when you have someone helping you. Especially for weak people, like myself, who have a hard time lifting heavy objects or even not so heavy objects.
If you buy a decorative or heavy ceiling fan hire an electrician to install it. When you hire an electrician make sure they are licensed and insured. Talk to them over the phone about the ceiling fan and controls to make sure they are able to install what you need them to before hiring them. Make sure they have different ceiling fan electrical boxes and appropriate hardware just in case you need it. Ask if they have helpers to help them if you are needing them to hang a heavy or decorative ceiling fan.
Once your fan is installed sit back any enjoy the breeze from your new ceiling fan.
This wraps up the series. I hope that our How to Buy a Ceiling Fan series has helped and answered any questions you might have had about buying the right ceiling fan for your home.
Please comment if you have any further questions or if you found this series helpful in your pursuit of buying a ceiling fan.