It is the attention to detail that wins my heart when it comes to the design of a ceiling fan. Functional details like pitch, construction, and materials are important to take into consideration, so choosing a brand that takes care of the functional details, allows you to sit back and base your selection on style. Leaders in the industry are brands like Monte Carlo, Minka Aire, Casablanca, Modern Fan Company, Hunter Prestige, Matthews Fan Company, Kichler and Progress provide fans with superior performance, leaving you to choose the size and style that best fits your needs.
There are a few key questions to answer as you determine which fan is right for your space. Below is a simple outline of the options to consider; but first here is a useful reference guide to ceiling fan terminology.
Useful Ceiling Fan Terminology:
- HOUSING: Where the motor resides
- AIRFLOW or CFM: A ceiling fan’s airflow is measured in cubic feet of air per minute
- BLADE PITCH: A ceiling fan’s blade pitch is the angle at which the fan blade tilts, measured in degrees, between a horizontal plane and the ceiling.
What’s your style?
There is a large array of ceiling fans, so to narrow down your options, it is easiest to determine what style best suits your taste.
Why do blades matter on a ceiling fan?
Blades are one of the most visible elements on a ceiling fan, so the blade color and texture is paramount to the overall aesthetic of the fan. Generally, the fewer the blades the faster the fan runs and the more air it moves; however, the resulting noise tends to increase as well. The more blades added to a fan, the quieter it becomes, but it circulates less air. Typically, it’s four-blade and fivelade designs that create the ideal balance between air circulation and resulting noise levels.
What is the optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan?
The optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan is typically between 12 and 15 degrees.
Blade pitch is only as good as the motor. The greater the pitch, the stronger the motor needs to be. So, really inexpensive fans have a very flat blade pitch. So when you compare an inexpensive fan to an expensive fan, you can see the difference between the pitch of the blades.
You can tell a motor by the pitch of the blade. If the pitch is high, you know there is a good motor.
What size fan do you need?
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|Room Size: 80 Sq. Ft or Less (8'x10' ft room)||Room Size: 90-120 Sq. Ft (10'x12' ft room)||Room Size: 125-300 Sq. Ft (15'x20' ft room)||Room Size: Over 350-400 Sq. Ft (20'x20' ft room and above)|
|Fan Size: Select a fan w/ a blade span btwn 20" to 34"||Fan Size: Select a fan w/ a blade span btwn 34" to 48"||Fan Size: Select a fan w/ a blade span btwn 52" to 56"||Fan Size: Select a fan w/ a blade span btwn 56" to 72"|
How should your fan be mounted?
Ceiling fans can hang at different distances from the ceiling with different length downrods. The National Electric Code requires that all fan blades be a minimum of 7 feet above the floor. Beyond that regulation, you can select the mounting height that best suits your room’s style.
Hugger Ceiling Fans are recommended for 8 foot ceilings. With no downrod, the hugger allows you to save 4″-6″, eliminating the space between the motor housing and the ceiling.
Close to ceiling fans are ideal for spaces with 9 foot ceilings, a downrod from 4″ to 8″ is installed between the ceiling canopy and the fan. Installing the blades further away from the ceiling allows for more air circulation and fan efficiency.
Fans with downrods are recommend in rooms with ceilings 10 feet or higher; rooms such as great rooms, lofts, expansive entryways, etc. Most ceiling fans offer downrods from 6″ to 72″. For applications requiring more than 72″ distance from the ceiling, a coupler must be used to connect two downrods together.
Fans on sloped ceilings that are pitched 33-45 degrees require a sloped ceiling canopy. This special canopy will need to be installed instead of a standard canopy in order for the fan to hang straight. Most brands offer sloped ceiling canopy adapters in a variety of colors.
What lighting, if any, do you want from your fan?
In addition to the air circulation needs your fan fulfills, it can also serve as an outstanding light source via integrated lights or light kits that can be added to your fan. In many cases, an integrated light or light kit enables the ceiling fan to be far more functional in your space, and many with with a wall dimmer or remote control, allowing you to adjust the light.
What kind of remote control is best for your ceiling fan?
Having a remote control for your fan is not only convenient, it is necessary when it comes to really high ceilings. You can control a ceiling fan’s speed, direction and lighting without having to get up to manually pull chains or flip switches.
How do you get the most from your fan?
During hot summer weather, to help produce a comfortable breeze or ‘windchill’ that cools the skin, blades should rotate in a counter-clockwise direction.
During winter, to help move warm air that is trapped on the ceiling, blades should turn in a clockwise direction. This movement will push up the air and pull the warm trapped air down the sides of the room improving heat distribution.
For fans installed in dining areas, we recommend you use the reverse function so the fan rotates in a clockwise direction. This will help blow the air into the walls without cooling food on the table.
Fans should generally be centered in the room, with the edge of the blade no closer than 18″ from the wall.
For even larger rooms and greater airflow, often two ceiling fans or multiple Mini/Petite fans provide more even air movement.
Advantages of a bigger motor: They last longer. Smaller motors get hot and burn quicker and do not last as long. The steeper the angle of the blade the more resistance. A 14 degree blade has more resistance than an 8 degree pitch.
Blade pitch is the whole deal. In order to have a good blade pitch you have to have a strong enough motor to power it.
You can shop for ceiling fans by brand or style. Visit our ceiling fan by brand section online.