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Littman Bros |  May 5, 2018

How To Choose The Right Ceiling Fan

When it comes to searching for the right residential ceiling fans, the process might seem either mundane or daunting, depending on how you look at the task at hand. But choosing the perfect ceiling fan for your home is a great way to add your desired functionality and design to any given room. Residential ceiling fans come in many different styles, colors and types, and at Littman Bros Lighting in Schaumburg, Illinois, we have a large selection of them to choose from. If you’re in search of a new ceiling fan and live in the Chicago area, we encourage you to stop by our showroom to see our home ceiling lights for yourself!

In this blog, we’ve put together a few tips you should keep in mind when searching for residential ceiling fans for your home.

Measure Your Ceiling Height

Before you get attached to any ceiling fans, we suggest measuring the height of your ceiling first. This way you’ll know exactly how much space you’ll have to adequately fit a ceiling fan of your liking. Most experts suggest the ceiling fan’s blades hang about 8 feet from the floor, including the mounting and downrod you decide on. Obviously, the higher your ceiling height, the longer downrod you can choose.

You also want to consider the actual size of the fan itself, as you don’t want a large fan to overwhelm a small room and vise versa. Here are some suggestions for the size of the fan you should choose given the square footage of your desired room:

  • Less than 75 square feet: 29-36 inch fan
  • Between 76-144 square feet: 36-42 inch fan
  • Between 144-225 square feet: 44 inch fan
  • Between 225 square feet & up: 50-54 inch fan

If you’re still unsure about a good-fitting ceiling fan for your home, you can always ask our team of lighting specialists.

Select Your Fan Blades of Choice

Selecting your fan blades is a time when you get to start thinking about design over functionality for your residential ceiling fans. There are three types of centrifugal fans that are determined by the type of fan blades they have, which include the following: forward inclined blades, backward inclined blades, and straight radial blades. Blade pitch is another functional factor to consider, as blade pitch determines airflow. The better your ceiling fan’s blade pitch, the better its airflow.

Blades come in a variety of styles and colors, and fans include as little as three and as many as eight fan blades, on average. No matter what blades you opt for, they’ll serve the functional purpose of literally moving the air around your room, so get creative with your design.

Our fan blades vary in styles from beach to contemporary to farmhouse, so you’re bound to find something that will fit within your home’s style!

Determine Your Favorite Styles and Color Finishes

Ceiling fans are made in many different styles and color finishes. Manufacturers push variety when it comes to residential ceiling fans because they know and understand that no two people’s home styles are exactly the same.

Here are a few of the go-to ceiling fan styles that can be found in homes in the Chicago area:

  • Standard ceiling fans.
  • Low-profile ceiling fans.
  • Ceiling fans with lighting.
  • Outdoor ceiling fans.
  • Energy Star ceiling fans.
  • Dual motor ceiling fans.

At Littman Bros Lighting, our fans come in a large selection of color finishes. This ranges from basic finishes such as black, blue and green to more flashy finishes such as bronze, brass, gold, copper, iron, nickel and more.

Choose Ceiling Fan Accessories (If That’s Your Style)

Ceiling fan accessories are the best ways to totally customize your residential ceiling fans. Whether you want a simple accessory like a pull-string or something more complex like a fan controls system, Littman Bros Lighting offers a large selection of ceiling fan accessories.

There are three control types for ceiling fans: wall control, remote control or pull chain control. One of our most common ceiling fan accessories that customers decide on is our remote control feature, which allows you to turn on your ceiling fan without having to get up to switch it on. We recommend wall and remote controls for the higher ceiling fans in your home, and pull chain controls are great if the fan is in reaching distance.

We also feature accessories such as replacement glass, light fitters and more so you can add your favorite final touches to your ceiling fans.

Other Factors To Consider

Size, color, fan blades and fan style are all important factors to consider which is why we’ve listed them above, but there are a few other factors you can consider when determining the perfect residential ceiling fans for your home. Here are two:

  • Airflow. You want a fan that will efficiently do its job. We recommend ceiling fans with anywhere above 4500CFM.
  • Energy Consumption. If energy efficiency is your thing, be wary of the energy it will take to run your desired ceiling fan. The average ceiling fan consumes about 70 Watts.

Shop Our Home Ceiling Lights and Fans

Littman Bros Lighting is a Top Rated® National Lighting Supplier, and our team of lighting experts can help find you residential ceiling fans that are both your style and within your budget. Alongside residential ceiling fans, our company specializes in all home ceiling lights. You can visit our 10,000-square-foot showroom in Schaumburg (a suburb of Chicago) or you can shop our online catalog — either way, we know you’ll find lighting solutions that match both your design preference and budget.

Need help or have further questions? Give us a call today at (847) 895-5155 or fill out our online form.