Things to Look For When Choosing a Bedroom Ceiling Fan
Does the fan come with a remote? Having a remote can be especially important for a bedroom because no one wants to get out of bed in the middle of the night to turn a fan off or on. If the fan you love doesn’t come with a remote, you might want to consider buying a universal fan remote such as pensber that works with almost all fans.ceiling fans with lights.
Do you need a ceiling fan with a light or no? If you have no other overhead lights in your space (such as typical recessed can lights), you probably want one on your fan. With some fans the light is dimmable while for others it’s not so that’s another factor to consider.
Is having a whisper quiet fan important to you? Most fans on the market today are fairly quiet and will work well in a bedroom. But what if you want a whisper quiet ceiling fan, look for one with a DC motor (as opposed to an AC motor which is what most ceiling fans have). DC motors are also more energy efficient.
Will you need a downrod for your ceiling fan? It depends on the height of the ceiling in your bedroom. Generally, the fan blades should be a minimum of 7′ from the floor (8′ – 9′ above the floor is ideal if you have taller ceilings). For 8′ ceilings, the fan should be mounted directly on the ceiling without a downrod. For ceilings 9′ and over, your ceiling fan will need a downrod with the length depending upon the exact ceiling height. Some ceiling fans come with multiple downrods while for others you need to purchase downrods separately.ceiling fans with lights.
Be sure to choose the right size ceiling fan for your space. The size (measured as the diameter of the ceiling fan from the tip of the blades) should be proportional to the room size. To determine the fan size that’s best for your space, first determine the square feet of your room by multiplying the room’s length by its width in feet. Then use these suggested guidelines:
For rooms up to 75 sq ft, choose a 29″ – 36″ fan
For room 76 to 144 sq ft, choose a 36″ – 42″ fan
For rooms 145 to 225 sq ft, choose a 44″- 48″ fan
For rooms 225 to 400 sq ft, choose a 48″- 54″ fan
For rooms over 400 sq ft, choose a fan that is 54″ or larger.
Do Ceiling Fans Help Air Conditioning?
A ceiling fan does not provide the same air quality improvements as an air conditioner. However, it may be able to help your system run a bit more efficiently. Here are some things to know about cooling down your home with ceiling fans.
Do Ceiling Fans Lower the Temperature?
A ceiling fan does not actually lower the overall temperature in a room, but it can definitely make a space feel cooler. Ceiling fans primarily work through something called a wind chill effect. Essentially, the moving air across your skin helps to evaporate sweat at a faster rate. This can help to lower your body temperature a little.Do Ceiling Fans Help Air Conditioning
Ceiling fans can also help to make a room seem cooler by redistributing air. Usually, hot air rises, while cool air settles in the lower part of a room. A ceiling fan can help to pull cold air higher up, so it circulates around your face instead of your feet. These effects all combine to help cool you down even if the room temperature remains high. If a space is actually around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a ceiling fan can help it to feel closer to 76 degrees. Though ceiling fans do not physically cool air, they still help your AC to do its job of keeping you comfortable.
Will Running a Ceiling Fan Reduce Cooling Costs?
Running a ceiling fan will not automatically lower your electric bill. In fact, running a fan constantly while keeping your AC set at a low temperature can actually use more power. The energy-saving costs from fans come from their ability to make a warm room feel cooler than it actually is. This gives you the option of setting your thermostat to a higher temperature without feeling hot. ENERGY STAR reports that homeowners who turn up their thermostat by a couple of degrees and run their ceiling fans to stay comfortable can cut their air conditioning costs by 14%. If you are concerned about cooling costs, just remember to turn off your fan when a room is empty.