If you don’t have ceiling fans in your home, you’re missing out. Ceiling fans can circulate a lot of air and really make your home feel cooler – or warmer, if you reverse the direction of the blades. In fact, a ceiling fan can make your home feel up to two to four degrees cooler in the summer, and that’s without using air conditioning!
You can save a lot of money on heating and cooling by running ceiling fans in the rooms where you spend the most time, such as the living area, kitchen, and bedroom. But a ceiling fan can also be an interesting conversation piece that accents the decor of your home. Here’s why you need a couple of ceiling fans, and how to choose fans for your home.
Stay Comfortable and Save Money
If you’re concerned about heating and cooling your home more sustainably or simply want to save money on heating and cooling costs, then you need to install more ceiling fans in your home. You can buy ceiling fans with lights to replace your overhead light fixtures, and take some of the burden of controlling your home’s climate off of your HVAC system.
When you’re shopping for ceiling fans, make sure to buy models that allow you to reverse the direction of the fan blades. Fan blades should run counterclockwise in the summer, to push air downward and create a cooling breeze. You should reverse the direction of the blades in the winter, to shift warm air from the ceiling down closer to the floor. You can turn your thermostat up by a few degrees in the summer, and use less heating in the winter. That will save you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs.
How to Choose the Right Size Fan
In order to get the results you want from a ceiling fan, you should make sure you choose the right size. Fan sizes are determined by measuring the entire sweep of the fan, which is the diameter of the circle created by the moving blades. You can buy ceiling fans as small as 76 inches, or smaller, all the way up to fans larger than 142 centimetres.
The larger the size of the room, the larger your ceiling fan needs to be. If your room is 10 square meters or smaller, choose a fan no larger than 76 centimetres. For a 12-square-meter room choose a 91-centimeter fan. For a 15-square-meter room, choose a 106-centimeter fan. For a 23-square-meter room, choose a 122-centimeter fan. For rooms larger than that, you will probably need more than one fan and you should choose fans in the largest size category – 142 centimetres or larger.
Get the Features You Need in a Fan
Ceiling fans these days come with a wide range of features above and beyond a simple pull cord. Of course, you can still buy fans that have pull cords to operate the lights and blades. But you can also buy smart fans that connect to your phone and allow you to control the fan speed and direction via an app. You can buy fans that come with remote wall controls that don’t even need any extra wiring. Remote controls can be very handy, especially if you’re hanging the fan from a high ceiling.
Complement Your Decor with a Stylish Fan
A fan can be a conversation piece, especially because there are so many styles available these days. You can buy a sleek, modern two-blade fan for a minimalist space, or a fan with blades shaped like leaves for a home on the beach. You can buy industrial-style fans, or fans with nine or more blades. You can even buy brightly coloured fans if you have a more eclectic decorating style. Just make sure you match the hardware on your fan to the hardware in the room. You can also match the wood type on a wooden-blade fan to the trim and furniture in the room. If you have different types of wood in your trim and furniture, it makes more sense to match your fan to the trim, since the fan is also a fixture and not removable like furniture.
If you’re looking for a way to cut heating and cooling costs, live more sustainably, and still be comfortable in your home, you need some ceiling fans. Hang them in every room where you spend a lot of time, and watch your energy bills plummet!