Are the electricity bills that come with summer cooling getting you down? According to the US Department of Energy, a ceiling fan can help cool a room by four degrees.
That means you can turn your thermostat down and benefit from the accompanying cost savings. So, if you want to beat the heat without breaking the bank, purchasing ceiling fans a good solution for you.
Here’s what you need to know before you go shopping.
Purchasing Ceiling Fans for Every Room
To get the maximum benefit from your fan, you need the right size according to where you plan to use it. A fan’s that’s too small won’t cool your room efficiently, while one that’s too large wastes electricity.
It’s easy to figure out the correct size fan for your room with a simple calculation as follows:
- Measure the amount of occupied space in the room
- Divide the square footage by four
- The answer is equal to the correct blade size in inches
If your answer’s somewhere in between the available sizes, go with the nearest longer size for rooms with high ceilings and vice versa for those with low ceilings.
The next things you need to consider are the fan motors and blades. Fan speed (cfm) is a measure of how many cubic feet of air a fan displaces per minute.
Higher cfm fans run quietly, have more durable motors, and cool your room more efficiently. Remember, noise levels are important when choosing fans for bedrooms.
Placement of Ceiling Fans
Where you place your fan affects its performance. You should take overhead lights into account as well as the height and slope of your ceiling.
A ceiling fan installation should hover at least 7 ft. above the floor and 8 inches from the ceiling. You should place it at least 1½ feet from the nearest wall.
Take any obstructions and thoroughfares into account when choosing the perfect spot for your fan. You might need to rearrange your furniture slightly to find the perfect spot.
Types of Ceiling Fans
There are ceiling fan options to suit every room in your house. You can choose from metal, wooden, or plastic blades as well as a wide range of colors and styles.
Thanks to this you can easily match your fan to any design scheme, but plastic, wood, or rust-treated blades are best for humid areas. So, if your bedroom opens out onto the fresh sea air, take this into account.
Accessories for Fans
Integrated lighting’s one way to add style and convenience to your space. You can also get fans with a remote-control option for effortless operation.
Some models even come with options for adjusting light intensity, timers, and color-changing mechanisms. Take these factors into consideration when comparing fan prices.
Stay Cool This Summer
Purchasing ceiling fans isn’t an expensive investment when you consider the savings you’ll enjoy down the line. They also add style and comfort to your life.
They can also last for years, so take your time choosing the perfect one for your spaces.
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