tips on choosing the right overhead fan for your space
If a fan has a desirable blade pitch then you also will want to
look at motor RPM (rounds per minute). Most fans are 3 speeds so
the fan you're looking at may have a low and a high RPM listing.
Should you Buy a Large or Small Sized Ceiling Fan?
more detail to look for is the diameter of the blade sweep. 52"
is standard and considered full size. A full size fan is for rooms
larger than 12x12 feet.
Where to shop?
Low end ceiling fans (usually sold at mega-stores and some drug stores) will usually have small low power motors with a blade pitch around 10 degrees and sell for $30- $60.00. They don't move any more air than portable fans, can be very loud and are usually more likely to wobble. Generally you're better off not wasting your time and money on these products.
Home stores will have better quality and though the prices may be higher you can still find a good ceiling fan for under $100.00. Hampton Bay Fans (distributed only through Home Depot) and Hunter Ceiling Fans (sold online and through many hardware stores) are both reputable companies with good warranties and if price is a key factor then I think these companies have the most to offer. Keep in mind that price is mostly driven by design so if you want something good looking, be prepared to spend a little more.
Try Lighting Showrooms
A Lighting Showroom will have the largest selection of fans to
chose from. Sometimes they will distribute as many as a dozen different
brand names each offering a dozen designs or more. It can be very
over whelming if you don't know what you're looking for so I highly
recommend researching your options online and having an idea of
what you're budget is before going in to a Lighting Showroom.
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