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Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are a great value addition to any home. These provide the room with comfortable air movement and are available with lighting that adds to the decorative touch. Choosing the apt ceiling fans for your home is an important decision. Ceiling fans also add a lot of beauty and charm to the interior décor of the room.

Ceiling fans are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes. When you are buying a ceiling fan you must consider the various factors that are related to your own home and such other factors that can influence your decision.

Before Buying a Ceiling Fan:

  • First, you must decide where your fan will be installed. Most of the times, the ceiling fans are placed in the center of the room. This should allow a smooth flow of air throughout all the corners of the room. Sometimes, larger rooms would require two ceiling fans.
  • Ceiling fans use the same the same amount of power as most ceiling lighting fixtures. You must check out the electrical circuit before buying a ceiling fan so that it should not be overloaded. Sometimes it depends on the décor of the room and there are times when one may prefer ceiling fans with light fixtures. For this, you must know whether the circuit would be able to handle both the fan and the light. If the circuit does not hold this capacity, you will need to run a new circuit from the home’s main panel to the fan.
  • Also, consider the space available for the ceiling fans. Therefore, before buying a ceiling fan, measure the space so that you can pick the right model that would fit into that space.
  • These fans need to be hung low from the ceiling so you must also consider the height of the room. It is very important to measure how low you can have your fan. You must also consider the fact, if it can be hung low without it, actually getting in the way. This is basically applicable to homes or places that have low ceilings. Today, we also have various manufacturers that have ceiling fans that are designed for homes with low ceilings, as the standard size may not be applicable in such cases. The traditional ceiling fans are measured from the tip of one blade to the tip of the opposite blade. Look for a model that is energy efficient and that can work at a low operating cost.
  • Before buying a ceiling fan you must also consider the slope of the ceiling. There are many manufacturers who feel that ceiling fan blades should be positioned 7 to 8-feet above the floor for the most effective and best possible comfort. If your ceiling is more than 9 feet, then you have the option of using extension rods. These can be used to mount the ceiling fans so that the blades of the fans remain at an optimal distance from the floor. If the ceiling is sloped then you need to find out about the special mounting systems that can enable you to install the fan in such a way, that the rotation of the blade is parallel to the floor.
  • When buying a ceiling fan, also try to know what kind of finish you would require. These are available in a variety of decorative metal such as gold, chrome, brass, bronze, antique, pewter etc. The wood used also varies such as cherry, oak, teak, pine etc. Before buying a ceiling fan, you must also cross check with the manufacturer about the guarantee of the product and if it has the required finishes such as rust, tarnish and scratch resistant finishes. This will help you narrow down the choice of the model required.
  • Ceilings fans are primarily designed for the indoor use and for dry locations. There are times, however, the ceiling fans would require to be used outdoors and in conditions, which have a fair amount of humidity (bathroom, indoor pool or kitchen). For these situations, you must look for materials that do not allow any rust formation and mold growth. There are times when the materials may not be rust resistant and the look of the ceiling fan may not be retained after few uses.
  • Ensure that the ceiling fan parts are of a good quality. Various ceiling fan parts also consist of pull chains, light switches, and fan direction switches, which are available for manual control. Now, manufacturers are also offering handheld or wall-mounted remote control units, so that you can adjust the speed of the fan, the direction, and the light level. There are even some packages that have remote control units that allow multiple fans to be controlled from one single controller.

Here’s hoping with these tips, buying a ceiling fan would be a breeze for you!

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