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Climatologists are pretty sure this summer is going to be another global scorcher, which means this may indeed be the year when you finally decide it’s time for a ceiling fan. And if it is, how do you choose the best one?
Setting price aside (because your budget is almost always the biggest factor), here are a few other things you can consider before you buy your next ceiling fan:
Ceiling Fan Size
Bigger is not always better when it comes to ceiling fans, which is to your advantage because huge ceiling fans don’t come cheap.
We have a convenient ceiling fan sizing chart, though it’s also important to know that improved airflow efficiency makes it possible for you to choose a very conservative size for your space and still get the circulation you need. More specifically …
Ceiling Fan Efficiency
This refers to both airflow and energy consumption. Even basic ceiling fans are ultra-efficient these days, but research has demonstrated that DC-motor ceiling fans often outlast their AC-motor counterparts, so that’s something to consider.
When it comes to airflow, don’t let these newfangled ceiling fan shapes fool you. Even the wildest designs can move air, so focus on functionality. Think about whether you want a multidirectional fan that provides updraft as well as downdraft so you can use it to circulate warm air in the winter, too.
Ceiling Fan Features
New ceiling fans have so many features these days it can strain your mind, your patience and your pocketbook. In addition to the multidirectional function mentioned above, there are also these sweet options:
- Multiple Speeds
- Light Kits / Dimmers
- Remote Control
- Customizable Blade Styles
- Energy Efficient / ENERGY STAR
But, as previously noted, ceiling fans are already really efficient so you may be able to save yourself some money by not paying extra for “added efficiency.”
Ceiling Fan Style
Your taste is your own, and it’s difficult to say what will pair well with your current home look, but we make it easy to search by style, finish, blade number and even blade pitch, so you can find the best ceiling fan for your budget.
If you do happen to find your favorite ceiling fan, don’t forget you can schedule professional installation at the same time with Porch.com.