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Tips and Tricks for Your Next Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fan Size: Generally speaking, the larger the room the larger the fan you’ll want. Here is a quick guide on how to select the size that’s right for the application:
  • Smaller rooms up to 75 sq feet use a 36” or smaller fan
  • Medium rooms up to 144 sq feet can use between 36” and 42” fans
  • Larger rooms around 225 sq feet can use between 50” and 54” fans
  • For an even larger space you may consider using more than one fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation Height: For optimal air circulation, safety, and appeal, a fan should be installed at a height of 8 to 9 feet if the ceiling height allows. Down rods may be added to achieve the proper height when installed on taller ceilings. You never want to have the blades lower than 7 feet!

Outdoor or Damp Location Ceiling Fans: If a fan is intended for outdoor use or located in a bathroom check that it is specifically designed and approved for damp location operation. If you are selecting a fan and blades separately, then same applies to blades for these locations.

Ceiling Fan Installation: Prior to installing a fan it is recommended to use a metal junction box for extra strength to hold a fan securely. There are junction boxes specifically designed to handle the weight and torque of ceiling fans.

Blade Pitch: A ceiling fan can only move as much air as it is designed for so it is a good idea to consider the blade pitch of a fan. The blade operates is a fixed position usually between 12 and 15 degrees. A higher degree blade pitch will move more air and requires a stronger motor while a lower degree blade pitch will move less air and uses a smaller motor which allows for lower price point.

Ceiling Fan Quality: As with most products a ceiling fan’s quality and performance will usually increase with the price of the fan. A higher quality fan typically runs more efficiently (especially DC motors), will have less motor noise during operation, have more options for fan speeds, ability to reverse fan rotation at the wall or remote control, and carries a better warranty. A lower quality fan may have more motor noise, move less air due to lower blade pitch, to reverse fan rotation often requires you access a on the fan body itself, and carry only a basic warranty.

**Always check your local building codes or with a licensed electrician before making any changes to your home electrical.