The greatest thing about ceiling fans is that they have a double purpose, serving as both a functional piece and a decorative element for the room they’re in. But, while this is all wonderful and practical, it also makes choosing a ceiling fan that much more difficult.
1. Choose the spot.
Depending on where you want to install the ceiling fan, you can then decide on the dimensions, model and everything else. Usually, the fan is installed in the center of the room. But larger rooms may need more than one, in which case you need to change your strategy and instead of a really big fan choose two smaller ones.
2. Measure the room.
The size of the room is important for determining how big or small the ceiling fan should be. Rooms of 80 square feet or less need fans with 24”-42” blade span, rooms between 100 and 150 square feet need 44”-50” fan, rooms that measure between 150 and 300 square feet should have 52”-60” fans and rooms larger than that either need a larger fan or several smaller ones.
3. Pick a style.
Look around and see which style best describes the décor of the area where you’d like to put the ceiling fan. This will help you pick a style for your fan. Perhaps something more rustic would look better in your traditional room or something fun would in the kids’ room.
You should also decide whether you want the fan to blend in with the décor or to make a statement.
4. Think of how you prefer to control the fan.
There are several options to explore here. You can either have a fan with a pull chain switch, probably the most common and popular type, a fan that has a wall-mounted control system or one which comes with a remote.
5. How do you plan to use it?
If you only plan to use the ceiling during the summer, then you don’t really have to worry about any restrictions. If, however, you plan to use it all year round, you need to get one with a reverse function. The bladed will rotate counter clockwise during summer to generate cold air and clockwise during winter to push the warm air downwards.