How to Size Up a Ceiling Fan

July 8, 2017

 

 

Use Your AC Less

 

Cooling down doesn't always require a blasting AC, which will increase your energy bill.  Here are some tips to make an informed purchase. A ceiling fan is a cost-effective and efficient way to cool off without cranking up the AC.  Below are some tips on how to choose and install a ceiling fan.

Buy the Right Size

Select a fan with the appropriate span: 36 inches for rooms up to 100 square feet, 42 inches for up to 200 square feet, 52 inches for up to 400 square feet, and either one 60-inch fan or two 52- or 56-inch fans for rooms larger than 400 square feet. When installing two fans, place one at each quarter point in the room. Make sure ceiling fans are installed at least 18 inches of clearance from walls.

Ceiling Fan Height

Hang fans about 8 feet above the floor for the maximum cooling effect. For rooms with high ceilings, purchase a just-the-right-size down-rod by subtracting 8 feet from the ceiling height and adding back about 1 foot to accommodate the motor and casing. If your headroom is less than 9 feet, choose a flush mount style ceiling fan, which has a more compact shape. Sloped ceiling? Manufacturers sell adapters that let fans hang at an angle of up to 48 degrees.

Take Care with Installation

Consult an electrician when replacing an existing light fixture, to verify that the ceiling can support the weight and that the electrical box is fan-rated. If installing from scratch, hire a pro to do the wiring.  As always you can call Let Me Fix It Handyman Service at 402-401-4176 for your installation needs.

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