FAQs about Fans

Today we wanted to shed a little light onto ceiling fans. The choice can seem difficult but with the right information the selection process can be simplified! Whether your looking for a fan or you just would like to learn more – keep reading!

FANS CIRCULATE BOTH WARM AND COOL AIR!

When it’s hot outside, set the fan to rotate counter-clockwise. The blades will push air down – creating a breeze or cooling effect. In the winter, set the fan to rotate clockwise. The blades will pull the air up and around, moving the warm air that rises back down to your living space.

AC AND DC MOTORS

DC motors have become quite popular and rightfully so! See the comparison below!

 

SELECTING THE RIGHT FAN FOR YOUR SPACE

  1. Determine the square footage of your room!
    Measure the length of the room by the width and then multiply! For example, 15 feet long by 10 feet wide = 150 square footage

Larger rooms can typically fit more than one ceiling fan. For example, a room measuring 30’ x 15’ could handle two 52″ ceiling fans.

Image from Kichler

  1. Have a tall ceiling?

Most fans work with 8’ or 9’ ceilings. If your ceiling is higher you may need a down-rod. The general rule is that fans should have a minimum of 7’ clearance between the bottom of the fan and the floor in order for the air to circulate efficiently!

SLOPE CEILINGS

Most down-rod mounted ceiling fans can be installed on sloped ceilings, no greater than 30 degrees. For a greater pitch you may need a slope ceiling adapter kit, which most fan companies carry as an accessory.

You will notice when looking at fan specifications that the manufacturer lists the blade size and down-rod options. Most ceiling fans are sold with down-rods to accommodate 8’ ceilings and will typically come with a 3-6” down-rod. If your ceiling is higher you would need a longer down-rod, and each company has several lengths and finish options to suit your needs!

LED LIGHT KITS

Not only are LED light kits efficient but they live a longer life! They use up to 90% less energy than other light sources and because they generate less heat they last up to 20 times longer.

DAMP RATED CEILING FANS

Engineered for high-humidity areas. They are ideal for enclosed porches, bathrooms and more. They have durable finishes, and feature all weather plastic or sealed wood blades.

WET RATED CEILING FANS

For open or direct exposure to sun, or rain. They have highly durable finishes and are tested against rain and snow. They include all weather plastic blades.

 

AIRFLOW

Airflow is measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). The higher the CFM number, the better the fan is at pushing air. Look for this rating listed with every fan specification.


 

A COMMON MISCONCEPTION REGARDING AIRFLOW

It doesn’t really matter if your fan has 3 blades or 5. What does effect airflow is the pitch of the blade, the motor size, and of course the blade size! The amount of blades is merely for the look you are wanting.

 

COMPANIES WE LOVE!

 

Fans come in a variety of finishes, styles and sizes! Find the perfect one for your space today by visiting the showroom or browsing our online catalog! https://designlightingca.xolights.com/lighting-fixtures/fans

Thanks for reading along!

Information sourced from kichler.com

 

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