5 Tips for Choosing Ceiling Fans

Follow these tips to buy the right ceiling fans for your home

A good ceiling fan can save you as much as 25% on your cooling bill. The question is, ‘How do you know which fan to buy?’ Does a higher price tag mean better quality…better savings? Here are some tips to help you choose the best fan for your needs for the best price.

Tip #1 — Consider Style

If you’re buying a fan for your living room, style is important. However, if you want to cool your home office, craft room, or workshop, save some money and choose a less stylish fan for a cheaper price.

Tip #2 — Consider Noise

No one wants to make the mistake of choosing a noisy fan, but how do you know before installation if a fan is quiet or noisy. A general rule of thumb is the cheaper a fan is there’s more possibility of it being noisy.

Before you buy a fan, check the noise rating. Fans with a noise rating of 1.5 sones or less are quiet but consider where you need the fan. If the fan will be in your bedroom, you might want to go with a fan that has a rating of 1.0 or 0.5 sones.

Tip #3 — Consider Energy Efficiency

Most fans use only 75 watts and are a great way to cool your home. However, if you’re buying ceiling fans with lights, be sure you choose a fan that’s Energy Star qualified and uses compact fluorescent bulbs. Halogen bulbs can double or triple the energy the fan uses.

Tip #4 — Consider Design

Fans that have smooth blades are more quiet and energy efficient. Blades with bumps and ridges make more noise at high speeds and are less wind resistant.

To get the most cooling from your fan it should be at least seven feet above the floor. Eight to nine feet above the floor is even better.

Ceiling fan have tilted blades. This is called ‘pitch’. Choose fans with greater blade pitch. These fans move more air than cheaper models whose blades aren’t as tilted.

Most fans have either cast-iron or stamped-steel housing. Cast iron gives extra weight to the fan and improves the stability of the fan. This means less chance of wobble.

Tip #5 — Consider Size

To save even more money, remember that fans don’t actually cool the air. Ceiling fans make you feel cooler because of the breeze they make. With this in mind, always turn ceiling fans off when you’re not in the room.

Also, make sure the blades on your fan are turning in the right direction. Each fan has a switch that lets you change the direction the blades are turning.

There are many things to consider when buying new ceiling fans for your home and it can easily become confusing. Be sure, review these tips before making any decisions, and choose the best fan for your family.