Ceiling Fan Stores

Written by Liza Hartung
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People use ceiling fans for a number of reasons. Obviously, they are used to help circulate air, whether that be cool or warm air, throughout a room. However, some people install ceiling fans simply for the quiet hum. Just a bit of noise like that helps some people sleep better. In addition, the fans of today are more than cooling mechanisms. They are fashion statements.

A friend of mine recently got a new fan in her living room. There are three massive, clear plastic blades attached to a see-through motor casing. It's very art nouveau. When in the market for a ceiling fan, people will look to make sure the wood matches other furniture in the room. Perhaps you'll choose an all-black or an all-white fan. You can choose different designs where the blade attaches to the motor.

Not only are fans decorative, they are very energy efficient. In the warm months of summer a fan can decrease the temperature in a room anywhere from seven to 10 degrees. This means that you can adjust your thermostat accordingly, thus lowering your electric bill. Most fans, even when on full speed, use no more energy than a 100-watt light bulb. That's good news for your wallet.

Shopping for Ceiling Fans

When shopping for a ceiling fan, there are probably more things to consider than you realize. You'll first need to make sure that you get the proper size for the room. If you get a fan that's too small, you'll barely be able to tell any difference. Let me give you an idea of the sizes you should be looking for.

All of these sizes are the minimum you'll need. It's fine to go bigger as long as the blades can move freely and stay about two feet away from any walls. If the room is 8x10 feet, you'll want a 32-inch fan. A 10x12 foot room needs a 42-inch fan, while a 12x12 foot room requires at least a 44-inch fan. Any room over 12x12 feet will need 52 inches. If you have a particularly big room, consider several fans using these measurements as area guides.

Aside from size, you will need to consider the motor, blades and the mount style. The motor needs to be matched to the size of the blades. If the blades are big and the motor is small, or vice versa, you'll have problems with the fan vibrating even as lower speeds. In order to ensure the longest life of your fan, check for double-shielded bearings and a self-contained oil reservoir.

Fan Blades

Not many people know this, but the fewer fan blades on a fan, the more air that gets circulated. Most people automatically assume the opposite, but it's just not so! However, four and five-bladed fans are the most popular. The important factor of a blade is its pitch, or degree of the angle. Pitch varies between eight and 16 degrees. With a higher pitch, more air will circulate at slow speeds.

When it comes to purchasing your fan, you can do so online or in a store. It's nice to order online because you don't have to deal with lifting and carrying the fan in and out of your car. It just gets delivered to your door. In addition, you'll have access to a much greater array of fans by using the Internet. Make sure whoever you order from uses an insured carrier.


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