Ceiling fans are probably one of the most common home appliances. They are incredibly helpful, generally energy-efficient, easy to install, easy to maintain, and not very expensive. Compared to buying an air conditioning unit, buying a ceiling fan is a lot easier and significantly less daunting even for beginners. In addition, ceiling fans tend to offer a wider array of choices as compared to air conditioners, allowing homeowners to combine function and practicality with form and aesthetics.
Given the advantages of installing ceiling fans, it is not surprising why people tend to not hesitate about making a ceiling fun purchase. But before you head to your nearest appliance store, check out the pointers below first to make sure that you are buying the ceiling fan most suited for your needs.
What are the things you should consider before buying a ceiling fan?
Before anything else, you should make sure that a ceiling fan is really what you need. Note that ceiling fans merely generate air flow, allowing cool air to go down and hot air to rise, thereby creating a cooling effect. They do not actually lower the temperature in a room. That said, if you are living in a place where summers tend to be very hot and deciding between buying an air conditioning unit and a ceiling fan, a ceiling fan might not be the best option for you. However, if you are living in an area where summers are hot but are still bearable, or if you just want to supplement an air conditioner, then a ceiling fan might just be for you.
Once you have determined that you really need to buy a ceiling fan, it is time to choose a particular make or model. Here are some things you should consider when looking for a ceiling fan for your home.
- This is possibly the most important consideration when you are buying a ceiling fan considering that your choices will be highly limited by the amount you are willing or able to shell out. Luckily, manufacturers have come up with a whole range of ceiling fans in different price points. That said, even if you have limited budget, you will certainly still be able to find a ceiling fan suitable for your needs.
- Another important consideration when choosing a ceiling fan is the place where it will be installed. If you are installing the ceiling fan indoors, then regular ceiling fans should do the trick. However, if you are planning to install the ceiling fan outdoors, then it is important to invest in outdoor ceiling fans specifically made to withstand moisture and rust.
- You also have to consider the size of the area where the ceiling fan will be installed and, as a result, the size of the ceiling fan. A bigger space will require a larger ceiling fan and a smaller space will require something more compact. Considering the size of the room will not only help you determine the size and number of ceiling fans that need to be installed, but it will also help you make sure that the fan does not cramp up a small space or visually disappears in a large area.
- Most manufacturers give buyers the option of having light fixtures attached to ceiling fans. If you are installing the ceiling fan over a dining table or in the patio, then getting one with light fixtures might be worth considering.
- Just because ceiling fans have a practical purpose does not mean that they do not have to be visually pleasing. Note that ceiling fans nowadays are available in a plethora of styles, colors, and finishes, so you can certainly find one which will complement the interior design of the room where it will be installed. Depending on the look you are going for, you can make your ceiling fan either blend or stand out from the rest of your furniture.
- Energy efficiency. Another crucial factor is energy efficiency, especially if you intend to run the ceiling fan for most of the day all throughout summer. Buying an energy efficient fan will let you enjoy the comforts of good air flow without cranking up your energy consumption. After all, the primary edge of ceiling fans over air conditioning units is its relatively low operating costs.
- Air flow. This is the heart of ceiling fan operations, so you have to take this into careful consideration when making your purchase. Depending on the place where you will install it, as well as your personal preferences, you should find a ceiling fan that generates just the right air flow. Most ceiling fans have settings up to three (which is typically sufficient in most cases), but your specific circumstances might require a higher setting, in which case you have to look for brands with higher settings.
- Finally, you also have to take the controls into consideration. Do you prefer a ceiling fan which is completely remote-controlled? Do you prefer one with knobs or switches which may be attached to the wall? Take into consideration where the ceiling fan will be installed and who will be using it. For example, if you intend to install it in the children’s room, then you might prefer to have a wall switch which cannot be easily accessed by children. On the flipside, you might opt for a remote-controlled ceiling fan if it is to be used by an individual with mobility concerns.
And there you have it – the factors you need to consider before making your ceiling fan purchase. Taking all of these into consideration will prevent you from getting a bad case of buyer’s remorse. It will also ensure that you get your money’s worth and that you do not end up buying an appliance not suited for your needs and lifestyle. Remember that while ceiling fans are generally not complicated, certain factors must still be considered to make sure that you are buying something of high quality.
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