Now that the warm weather has arrived and is pretty much here to stay you may want to consider installing ceiling fans in your home. Ceiling fans are an optimal choice when it comes to cooling your home because they conserve energy. When in the normal mode a ceiling fan can cool your room by eight degrees, allowing you to raise the temperature on your thermostat saving energy and money. If you are looking to stay cool and save money consider these tips when you head out to choose a ceiling fan.
- Fan Size: For maximum efficiency choose a fan to fit your room size. Rooms up to 75 square feet, like a bathroom, do best with a fan 36″ or smaller. Medium sized rooms up to 144 square feet can fit ceiling fans from 36″- 42″. The larger bedrooms and family rooms around 225 square feet are most efficient with fans that are 50″- 54″.
- Ceiling Height: Place the fan higher than 7 feet above the floor in the middle of the room for maximum comfort, circulation, safety and aesthetics. Optimal placement would be either 8 or 9 feet from the floor.
- Blades: Fan blades determine the amount of air being circulated throughout the room. The fan blade brackets should be positioned to hold the blade at a 12-15 degree angle for optimal circulation and be weighed and matched as a balanced set to avoid having your fan wobble. The greater the angle of the blade the more air circulation you will have in your room.
- Lights: For a more relaxed environment, consider uplighting, where light bounces off the ceiling to create more of a mood effect than the traditional downlighting.
- Style: Ceiling fans are available in a wide selection of styles and finishes to complement your decor. Look for a high quality finish to ward off against blistering, tarnishing, fading and corrosion. (American Lighting Association)