Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ceiling Fan Tips

There are so many options when it comes to ceiling fans -- size, how many per room, controls and mounting. We've put together a handy guide to help you select the right ceiling fan for your home. 

Or, please contact us and visit our Ceiling Fan Page and Online Store for more information.

Pick the Right Size
The best rule of thumb is to go as large as your room can accommodate. For maximum airflow, you want at least 18 inches of clearance between the edge of the blade and your wall or ceiling. Here's a quick chart to help you find the right size for your space.

Room Size (sq ft) 6'x8' 8'x10' 10'x10' 12'x14' 16'x20' 18'x24' larger
 Size of Fan 29"-42"  40"-50" 42"-52"  50"-60"  50"-60"  50"-60"  50"-60"

Double Up
Larger rooms can accommodate more than one ceiling fan. Here are some quick guidelines. Or, just tell us about the configuration of your room and we'll help you come up with a solution that's right for you.
  • Under 600 sq. ft. = 1 fan
  • 600 - 1500 sq. ft. = 2 fans
  • 1500 sq. ft. + = 3 fans

Get the Height Right

Most ceiling fans are sold with downrods to accommodate 8’ ceilings or 9’ ceilings. If your ceiling is higher, here are some suggested lengths of drop rods for ceilings ranging from 9 to 13 feet or more:

Ceiling Height (feet) Drop Rod Length (inches)
9 12

Keep it in the Family
Many of Kichler's fans coordinate beautifully with their light fixtures. It's decorating made easy when all the glass, wood accents, and metal finishes match. Check out our lighting page for more info. 

Save on Energy Costs
A fan’s breeze will make a 79-degree room feel more like 72 degrees. By raising the thermostat, you can save up to 30 percent on your air-conditioning bills, depending on your home’s construction.

Take Control
Remote controls for fans have come a long way ... Most fans are mounted at a ceiling box where a light fixture was formerly located. Typically, the light switch is replaced with a control that allows various fan speeds and – if the fan includes lights – light settings.

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