Ceiling Fan Buying Tips Q & A

What size fan should I buy?

For a room where the longest wall is 12 feet or less, a 36 inch fan or smaller is best. A room that is 12 to 15 feet wide should have a ceiling fan between 42 and 48 inches. If the rooms longest wall is more than 15 feet, then 52 inches or larger is recommended.

How do I install a ceiling fan?

While installing a ceiling fan is not hard, the most important thing is making sure the mounting bracket is securely braced properly. Most ceiling fans weigh as much as 15 to 50 pounds. For ease of explanation, here are some links to videos.

How do I use a ceiling fan in the winter season besides summer?

Most ceiling fans are built for year round use. To make this happen, change the direction that a ceiling fan’s blades are moving.  Depending on the fan model, the direction can be changed through the reverse switch on the fan’s motor or on a remote control.

Summer Use: Counter-Clockwise

  • Have your fan’s blades run counter-clockwise to blow air straight downward. This creates a wind chill effect making the room seem cooler.

Winter Use: Clockwise

  • Reverse the direction of the blades (set to clockwise) and set the fan to low speed. The updraft will force any warm air concentrated near the ceiling to circulate down along the walls in the room distributing the air more evenly.

Can a fan be installed on a sloped ceiling?

Yes, absolutely given the slope is not too steep and the fan can handle it. A sloped ceiling adaptor is required for such a instillation. Some fan models include a sloped ceiling adaptor. Make sure to read the recommended use for proper specifications.

  • Extra downrods may be necessary if the room has a high vaulted ceiling.

Is more ceiling fan blades better?

Typically the amount of fan blades changes nothing to the cfm’s (The amount of air movement the fan produces.). What is affected is the noise levels and efficiency. The combination of blade pitch and spacing determines the overall effectiveness of the fan.

  • Depending on fan blade designs, with more fan blades the fan can be quieter but with less air flow.
  • Additional blades can slightly increase drag causing a ceiling fan’s motor to slow down.

Advancements in overall design, balance, low-drag blades and blade pitch produce ceiling fans where the number of blades don’t matter. Aesthetic design and function within a room is always the goal.

What is blade pitch?

The angle of the blade. It makes a difference in how much air a fan is able to circulate throughout a room.

  • The optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan is between 12 to 15 degrees.