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3 Important Considerations When Choosing a Ceiling Fan

It’s that time of the year again – we’ve bid farewell to winter and summer is now upon us once more. If you’re considering installing ceiling fans throughout your home, don’t wait until it’s too late and the installer is fully booked for the next six weeks – organise to get them installed during the colder months of the year, so you can take full advantage of them when it matters most.

But first you need to choose the right ceiling fan brand, and that is often being the hard part. Aside from the aesthetic appeal of the design, there are numerous factors to consider. Here are just three of them.

The dimensions of the room

The size of the room should be a major consideration when choosing a particular model of ceiling fan. A large 52 inch fan, for example, will be too overpowering for a small room. Further, a small 30 inch fan will have little effect in a large sized room. Like Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you want to find the one that is just right. However, in some cases where you want optimal air circulation for a particularly large room, it might be worthwhile installing two smaller sized ceiling fans instead of one large one in the centre.

Ceiling height

It’s also wise to take into account the height of the ceiling. If it’s particularly low, a fan that hangs even lower could become a potential safety issue for taller people. Standard ceilings can usually get away with a traditional mounted fan with down rod. And for higher ceilings that are more than 10 feet from the floor, an extended down rod might be the best option.


As with most electrical appliances, you certainly get what you pay for when it comes to ceiling fans. Your budget might influence the size of ceiling fan you choose, but if you let it determine the quality, you might end up with a model you’re thoroughly unimpressed with. And who needs that during a hot summer? Lower quality models are more likely to wobble when being used and will often produce an annoying constant humming sound. Most importantly, they’re often less capable of providing the effective air flow you bought the ceiling fan for in the first place.

Other factors to consider include whether you want remote control operation, if you want one with a built in light (which then means you need to consider the electrical wiring of the room and whether it can cope with both the fan and the light), and of course the aesthetic design. Happy shopping and here’s to a 2015/16 summer of complete comfort!