With all the options available for ceiling fans, it can be hard to figure out which one is just right for the room in question. Taking a few factors into consideration can help a person narrow down the options, making it easier to choose the perfect fan.
Consider Room Size
For the most benefits, it's important to choose the right size fan for the room it will be installed in. Smaller rooms should have smaller fans. If the room is no more than 75 square feet in area, choose from among the Casablanca Fans between 26 and 29 inches. Larger 36- to 42-inch fans work for rooms up to 144 square feet, and 44-inch fans will help cool rooms of up to 225 square feet. The largest 50- to 54-inch fans are only necessary for rooms of between 225 and 400 square feet in area. A fan that's too small won't adequately cool the room, while a fan that is too large will not only look out of place but waste energy as well.
Choosing Indoor Vs. Outdoor Fans
In some types of rooms, such as patios and porches, it's better to choose outdoor ceiling fans. These ceiling fans are designed specifically to keep moisture out so they won't be damaged by rain, snow, sleet or wind. Don't use indoor fans outdoors, although outdoor fans can be used inside the home.
Ceiling Height Considerations
Rooms with a high ceiling may need to have the fan installed with a downrod to bring it down lower so the breeze has more cooling benefits in the home. For example, a fan installed in a room with a 10-foot ceiling should have a 12-inch downrod and one installed in a room with a 16-foot ceiling needs a 72-inch downrod. However, those with a low ceiling may require low profile ceiling fans.
Decide whether you prefer Casablanca Fans with lights or that just operate as fans. In some cases, this will make fan braces necessary to support the added weight of the light. Hunter ceiling fans and other types of ceiling fans can also sometimes be operated by remote control instead of just a pull chain or a light switch, making these fans even more convenient to use. Of course it's always handy to have a pull chain in case the remote needs batteries or doesn't work for some reason and you want the fan on.
Once the basics have been determined, it's time to narrow down the options based on design considerations, such as the shape of the blades in the fan, the number of blades, the finish on the fan and the shade on the fan if it contains a light fixture. It's best to match Casablanca Fans to the decor in the rest of the room. For example, if all the cabinet hardware in the room is antique bronze, the base and fan blades should have this same finish. Most light shades for ceiling fans are glass, but other materials, such as fabric, can also be found in some fans, giving them a more unique look.