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How to Shop for A Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan is a simple addition to almost any room that can improve temperature control and energy savings while bringing a new touch of style to the space.

Room Size and Ceiling Fans

The look of your ceiling fan is important and will add a lot to your room décor, but finding the right size will ensure you're getting the most out of your fan when it comes to air circulation. In general, a room of 50 square feet or less should have a 29" fan, under 75 square feet should have a 36” fan. 42” fans are appropriate for rooms up to 100 square feet and 50” or 52” fans will be most effective in rooms up to 400 square feet. If you have a large space, 400 square feet or larger, a 54” fan will be the best choice. When you search ATG Stores for fans, these are the size options you can filter by:

  • Small Room (10 feet by 10 feet)
  • Medium Room (15 feet by 15 feet)
  • Large Room (20 feet by 20 feet)
  • Great Room (25 feet by 25 feet)

Ceiling Fan Mount Type

Ceiling fans come in two mount types: standard and flush. Standard mounts are those that feature a downrod, whereas flush mounts keep the fan snug to the ceiling. Deciding which style is best depends largely on your ceiling height. Rooms with high ceilings are better ventilated by fans on a standard mount while lower ceilings will require a flush mount. If you're unsure, keep in mind that downrods come in variable lengths.

Ideal clearance for ceiling fans is between 8 and 9 feet from the floor, and 6 inches of additional downrod length is recommended for every foot of clearance above 9 feet. If your ceiling is on a slant of more than 30 degrees you will need a sloped ceiling adapter.

Ceiling Fan Styles and Finishes

Some people like to skip to the fun part of picking out a ceiling fan, which is all about the look. Ceiling fans come in many different styles that include traditional, transitional and contemporary, although pairing your fan to your room style is entirely up to you.

You might decide to choose your fan based on matching or contrasting colors and finishes. Bronze, white and nickel finishes are popular, but stylish options are also available in less common finishes like steel, silver and black.

Blade Number and Span

Five is the most common number of blades on a ceiling fan, but that doesn't mean your new fan has to have five blades. Most ceiling fans have between two and six blades, but there are even single-bladed fans and those with more than six.

"Blade span" refers to the total diameter of the fan and most fans range between 51 and 55 inches. This span suits medium-sized rooms (15 feet by 15 feet), but most any size is available to accommodate the style you want.

"Blade pitch" refers to the angle of the blades in comparison to the horizon. It is the tilt of the blades that produces the air and angles in downward. The most powerful ceiling fans have a blade pitch of 12-14 degrees. Consider how much of a breeze you are looking for your ceiling to produce when shopping, and remember that bigger is not always better.

Reversible Feature

Most people think of ceiling fans as being a warm weather feature, however fans can also be used during the winter. Since warm air rises, a ceiling fan can be used to push warm air back down towards the floor during cold months. Many modern ceiling fans come with a reversible feature which helps to circulate warm air down. If you live in a variable climate area, this is a feature you may want to consider looking for when shopping for your fan.

Installation

How high should I hand my ceiling fan?

Ceiling fan blades should be rotating about 8 feet above the floor. If you have a very tall ceiling, purchase a downrod to extend your fan to an appropriate height.

Can I install a fan on a sloped ceiling>,

Many fans companies offer an optional adapter that will allow you to hang a fan on a sloped ceiling. These come in a variety of angles, so you will need to find out the angle of your ceiling before purchasing the adapter.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

There are ceiling fans that are made specifically for outdoor locations. These fans are safe to be installed in areas that may experience wet or humid climates, like outdoor decks or gazebos.

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