A ceiling fan is a good investment any time of year. The benefits of a ceiling fan during the summer months are obvious as it can change the felt temperature by almost 8 degrees, but the benefits of a fan in the colder months are often underestimated. As heat rises, a ceiling fan can circulate trapped warm air throughout a room in order to maximize energy savings. To ensure you choose the right ceiling fan for each room, here are a few tips from the American Lighting Association.
Size: For rooms up to 75 square feet, go for a 36 inch fan or smaller.
For rooms up to 144 square feet, go for a ceiling fan between 36 and 42 inches.
For rooms up to 225 square feet, you need a fan that is 50 to 54 inches for the highest efficiency.
Height: Ideally, you want to place the fan at least 7 feet above the floor if not 8 or 9 for optimal circulation, safety and aesthetics.
Damp Locations: Only use fans outdoors and in bathrooms if they are specifically designed for damp locations.
Lighting: Choosing a fan with lighting can enhance the look of the fan and the entire room, but consider fans with uplighting that bounce light off of the ceiling for ambiance.