4 Steps to Choosing and Using a Ceiling Fan

Follow these tips for finding a ceiling fan that will complement your decor and keep you cool.

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Hot weather's coming so it's a great time to install ceiling fans to help spread cool air quickly throughout your home. Heating and cooling cost the average homeowner about $1,000 per year nearly half a home's total annual energy bill.


With a variety of styles from  traditional to contemporary, plus designs for sports fans, kids' rooms and more ceiling fans can complement any decor and help you save money. Home Depot's Director of Trend and Design, Sarah Fishburne, shares these tips on how to find the right one to fit each space and match your style.

Before choosing a ceiling fan, measure the longest wall in the room where you want to install it. Then follow these size guidelines:

·         If the longest wall of the room is less than 12 feet, choose a ceiling fan that's 36 inches wide or less.

·         If the longest wall in the room is between 12 and 15 feet, choose a fan that's 40 to 48 inches wide.

·         Finally, if the longest wall is greater than 15 feet, choose a fan that's at least 52 inches wide or more.

Updating your ceiling fan to a new style or look is a quick way to give your room a mini makeover. Not sure where to start or what to choose?


Try choosing a fan that matches the hardware in the rest of your home. For instance, if you have brushed nickel hardware, look for fans with brushed nickel accents. This adds style and applies a cohesive theme. Another option is choosing a fan with reversible painted or stained blades. This is an easy way to give your room the transformation it may need if you tire of one look. 


There is no rule that your fans have to be the same throughout your home so it's OK to let each room's ceiling fan be unique and speak for itself! In bedrooms, you might want the fans to blend into the ceiling and draw minimal attention, while in your great room, you might want to make a statement.


Again, there are no rules and certainly no right or wrong ways to make this decision. However, a general guideline is that smaller-scale rooms with lower ceilings look best with a fan that has a contrasting hardware color to the fan blades that blend into the ceiling. For larger rooms with higher ceilings, you have a lot more room to play. Larger rooms allow you to include a down rod from the ceiling to hang the fan lower into the space. Heavier, more decorative blades with a fun finish and color that might be distracting in a small room become the perfect possibility in bigger areas.


Outdoor ceiling fans have also become increasingly popular. The style spectrum ranges from traditional and practical fans that blend and complement the exterior architecture to more tropical and coastal fans. Depending on your preference, choose an outdoor ceiling fan that embodies the lifestyle and feel of your outdoor oasis. Create a cool nighttime ambience by selecting an outdoor fan with lights.


Once you know the proper size, give some thought to how you plan to mount the ceiling fan. If you have an existing one to replace, installing an upgraded fan will be easier. Look for QuickFit, which features easy-to-install benefits on many of Hampton Bay and Home Decorators Collection products.


If the room doesn't already have a ceiling fan, you'll need to consult with a licensed electrician and adhere to any local billing codes. For more information, check out The Home Depot's "How to Install a Ceiling Fan" project guide.

In the summer, run your fan counterclockwise to generate a breeze. This will help you feel as much as seven degrees cooler and cut cooling costs by up to 30 percent.

In the winter, run fans clockwise to push down warm air circulating near the ceiling to better distribute the heat throughout the room.


Visit www.homedepot.com/ceilingfans to find the right ceiling fan for any room or decor.


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