Ceiling fans should be a functional design element in your home or workspace. Beyond contributing to ambiance, they should also cool your home or office without relying too much on air conditioning systems.
While choosing the style of fan that best fits your home is an important decision, making sure that fan will work optimally in your space is the top priority. In order to choose the right ceiling fan for you, you'll need to make sure you know how much room you have for it and what you expect for performance.
TIP 2: THE LOCATION WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO MOUNT THE FAN IS CRITICALThe first thing to consider when choosing the right fan for you is location. Will it be used in a kitchen, bathroom, patio or perhaps a family room?
This is important, as each room carries a specific need, which only certain fans can satisfy. Rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms often need damp or wet rated outdoor ceiling fans, in order to withstand the humidity and heat, while still providing effective air circulation.
If you are shopping for an outdoor fan, then you need to select an outdoor ceiling fan that is either wet rated or damp rated, depending on the level of exposure to the elements. If you have a covered patio, then damp rated fans will perform well, while areas with higher humidity and exposure to water will require a wet-rated fan. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions.
TIP 3: CEILING HEIGHT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDEREDCeiling height also needs to be taken into consideration when selecting the right fan. For safety reasons, ceiling fans must be installed no less than 7 feet above the floor.
If you have low ceilings, then you may need to choose a flush mount or hugger fan. These type of ceiling fans don't have down rods, and the motor mounts directly to the ceiling to save space.
If you can't find a flush mount or hugger fan in a style you like, there are many standard mount styles that either come with a flush mount adapter, or you can purchase a flush mount or low ceiling adapter separately.
TIP 4: CHOOSE A CEILING FANS THAT IS MULTI-DIRECTIONALCeiling fans are not only great for circulating cool air in the summer, they can also reclaim warm air during the colder months. If you want year-round benefits, then you'll want a fan that operates clockwise and counterclockwise.
TIP 5: LOOK FOR ENERGY-STAR RATED CEILING FANSIf you want to save money on your utility bills, and help save the environment, then you should look at Energy Star rated ceiling fans. When used properly, Energy Star ceiling fans are over 50% more efficient than standard ceiling fans, and save you money on your utility bills!
Ceiling fans are a great way to cool your home without relying so heavily on air conditioning. They circulate cool air throughout the room on hot days, and during the colder months, they circulate the warm air that collects near the ceiling, saving you tons of money on your utility bill.
FLUSHMOUNT CEILING FANS
WHY NOT USE A STANDARD MOUNT FAN?
Unfortunately, due to building codes and safety concerns, not all ceilings can handle conventional standard mount fans. The blades of a ceiling fan should be no less than 7 feet from the floor, and if your ceiling is 8 feet high or less, then a standard mount fan won’t work for you.
What's different about a flush mount ceiling fan?
Standard mount ceiling fans typically have 12 to 14 inches of space between the ceiling and fan blades. Flush mount fans, on the other hand, only need between 6 and 10 inches between the ceiling and the fan blades. Make sure to figure in that number, in addition to the distance from the fan blades to the floor, when deciding if a flushmount fan is the right choice for your home.
a Simple way to know if you need a flushmount fan
As a simple rule: If your ceiling is 7.5 feet high or less, you need a flushmount ceiling fan. A standard mount ceiling fan will not meet the 7 foot minimum distance requirement (fan blades to floor).
FLUSH MOUNT CEILING FANS: IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
It is important to factor head room into your ceiling fan selection for the safety of yourself, and anyone who comes into your home. Flush mount fans are definitely the safest choice for rooms with low ceilings, or even rooms with tall occupants!
Flush mount fans work best on a flat ceiling
Flush mount ceiling fans are meant to be used on flat ceilings. Since flush mount fans are anchored directly to the ceiling, they require an adapter and downrod to fit vaulted or sloped ceilings. The adapter and downrod both add height to the ceiling fan which may defeat the idea of a flush mount ceiling fan for your purposes.
Flushmount Fans should be reserved for rooms with low ceilings
Flushmount fans should really only be used for rooms with low ceilings, as they don’t always produce the same airflow as standard ceiling fans since the blades are closer to the ceiling. If your ceilings are more than 8 feet high, then a standard mount fan should work for you, unless it has a light that hangs down low enough to impede on that 7 foot gap.
TIPS TO INSTALL A FLUSHMOUNT CEILING FAN
When installing a flushmount ceiling fan, it is important to be sure that you have the proper clearance, so that you don’t have to take it down later, because it turned out that the ceiling was lower than you anticipated. Before you begin installing anything:
- Measure the height of your ceiling one more time! It's worth it.
- Factor in the height of the ceiling fan when mounted. You can either get this info from the fan manual or, if you have a helper, have the helper hold the ceiling fan up to the ceiling and take a measurement.
- Verify that you have all the parts you need. It's surprising how many times we hear that people got half way through an install only to find that a critical part was missing, or not included by the manufacturer.
- You should also be sure that the electrical box that you will connect the mounting base to is not plastic - plastic will not be strong enough to mount the fan to.
- Carefully! Pull down on the base after installing, to be sure the base will support the fan when it is being operated.
- If you have a light kit, it should not be installed until after everything else has been installed, and the fan blades are securely in place. However, it's a good idea to put everything together on the floor first to ensure all pieces fit properly and there are no issues before you begin mounting the base to your ceiling.
TIPS TO REMOVE BROKEN GLASS FROM A CEILING FAN'S LIGHT KIT
These instructions assist with removing broken glass from ceiling fan models including Casablanca Stealth, Minka Aire Concept I, Minka Aire Concept II, Casablanca Trident, Casablanca S3, Casablanca Bel Air and Bel Air Halo, Minka Aire, Supra Special and many more.
Ceiling Fan Bulb Type Affects Heat Emitted
Many ceiling fans with integrated light kits use halogen or standard incandescent bulbs.
The heat emitted from these types of bulbs often causes the glass to slightly expand. Although the glass will contract a little as it cools from the light being off, this expansion of the glass has the effect of kind of cooking it into place.
If you have already tried to remove the glass to no avail, here are our suggestions for breaking the glass as safely as possible.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REMOVING BROKEN GLASS FROM CEILING FANS
- Safety Goggles/Glasses
- A Round Trash Can Lid
- Gloves (glass safe)
- Before you begin, make sure the ceiling fan and light are off and put on your gloves and safety glasses.
- Hold the trash can lid upside down underneath the glass you are going to break. This is so the broken glass will fall into the lid – not all over your floor, carpet, etc.
- Break the glass - Using the hammer, break it in a few places so it breaks into multiple pieces and you don’t have try and pull pieces out with your hands. Don’t swing for the fences; you don’t want to damage the light bulb socket.
- Get down safely and give yourself a pat on the back, you're done!
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Ceiling fans come in many different finishes and styles, but sometimes you need that extra element to bring it into the foreground.
CEILING FAN STYLE & DECOR
Perhaps you don’t need another design piece, but you want something that creates more of a natural feeling atmosphere. Palm and bamboo fan blades can come in a variety of designs and shapes, but the sizes stay relatively similar.
The design of the blades, mixed with the higher blade pitch produces a natural, less imposing airflow, as opposed to the forced downdraft that can be created by standard fan blades.
CEILING FAN BLADES: PALM & BAMBOO ADD A NICE TOUCH
Palm and Bamboo ceiling fan blades are quite popular, as they work with almost any décor, and can create an inviting and relaxing tone for any room. Unlike the standard fan blades that force air down into a room, these fan blades create a gentle breeze through even air distribution.
Although they are slightly larger in size, and have a higher blade pitch, these types of fan blades don’t move more air than standard blades, since they aren’t very aerodynamic, but they are graceful and provide a soft island style hand-fanning effect.
They can be delicate, which may make them easier to damage, but they are less prone to dust accumulation than standard blades. Their larger sizes and intricate design can make them a beautiful focal point for any room.
Outdoor Ceiling Fans: Beware of Real Palm & Bamboo
Natural palm and bamboo blades should not be used outdoors, as they are prone to mildew and weathering, but there are ABS plastic alternatives to these blades that are available, so you can recreate the same relaxing atmosphere in your favorite outdoor area.
Here are some options for outdoor ceiling fans. Due to the larger widths and shapes of the different palm and bamboo blades, it is important to be sure that you have the room and ceiling clearance to accommodate the large sweep and steep blade pitch that is typical with fans that use these blades; they will likely not work with low-ceiling or flush mount ceiling fans.
Complete your Ceiling Fan's Look & Style
Depending on the style and finish of the fan’s hardware, you can use palm or bamboo blades to complete your ideal style.
These blades can complement classic and contemporary fan styles, or create a combination of both if you’re looking to blend traditional style with modern engineering.
No matter what look you’re trying to accomplish, palm and bamboo fan blades can be the perfect accent pieces for your tropical or vintage inspired dining room, family room, or patio area.
CEILING FANS ARE NOT ALL CREATED THE SAME
Every home and every need is unique, which is why ceiling fans are not all created the same. Size, space and function are vital considerations when selecting a ceiling fan that is right for your home, but sometimes we find a fan that is exactly what we were looking for, except with maybe one exception. There are also situations where a person is simply moving from one home to another and bringing their fans with them. Those ceiling fans may have been perfect for the previous home, but the new home has extra high ceilings, or perhaps vaulted ceilings. A standard fan mounted to high ceilings won’t achieve the same level of airflow, and it certainly can’t be mounted to a sloped ceiling and function properly. Ceiling slopes and heights should not have to be the make-it-or-break-it factor when you have a fan, or have found a ceiling fan that is exactly what you want and need. If this is a problem that you face, then adapters and downrods could be your saving grace.
CEILING FANS AND CEILING HEIGHT
Low Ceiling - Use Adapters
The blades of a ceiling fan should be no less than 7 feet above the floor, so if your room has low ceilings and you have a standard mount fan, then a low ceiling adapter could help you keep your fan, without sacrificing safety. Low ceiling adapters basically turn a standard mount fan into a flushmount fan, in which the motor is installed directly onto the ceiling, instead of being attached to a small rod, which can help you gain a few extra inches between the fan and the floor.
High Ceiling - Use Downrods
If high ceilings are your problem, then there are a wide variety of different sized downrods that can help you. Downrod sizes typically vary from 6 inches up to 120 inches depending on the height of your ceiling. The higher the ceiling, the longer the downrod you might need. When ceiling fan blades are too close to the ceiling, they can’t move as much, which can impair the efficiency greatly. If your ceilings are higher than 8 feet, then you may need more than the 3.5 inch downrods that are included with most standard ceiling fans.
Sloped Ceiling - Use Sloped Ceiling Adapter
Vaulted ceilings are a tricky place to hang ceiling fans, and without a sloped ceiling adapter, it is impossible. Ceiling fans aren’t meant to operate at steep angles, but with a sloped ceiling adapter, your ceiling fan can be hung and operated normally. If your fan fits perfectly into your living space, but the movement of your fan makes your uneasy, then you can buy an anti-sway adapter, which helps to limit the “wobbling” movement that fans can make when operating with a downrod.
ADAPTERS & DOWNRODS PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY AND CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS FOR CEILING FANS
With adapters and downrods, you don’t have to pick a fan just because it fits the room; you can pick a fan and make it work for you and your space. It is no longer necessary to dispose of an uprooted ceiling fan, if a simple downrod and/or adapter can give your old fan new purpose in a different location.