8 Tips on Choosing Ceiling Fans for Bedrooms

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Are you moving to a new home or remodeling your bedroom? Are you thinking about purchasing a new ceiling fan?

Believe it or not, there's an art to choosing ceiling fans. You'll want something that complements your room and cools it down without overwhelming it.

If you're new to the land of ceiling fan designs, welcome to a crash course in the basics. Here's what you need to know.

1. Fan Size

One of the most important aspects of installing ceiling fans is ceiling fan size

Generally speaking, the blades should be around 18 to 24 inches away from the ceilings and walls. They should also get spaced about seven feet up from the floor, and 10 inches away from the ceiling. 

Safety is important when considering fan size. You'll want to be sure there's enough room so folks won't hit their head on the ceiling fan if they stand up too quickly. 

You'll also want to make sure that the fan is big enough to cool off a larger room.

If your ceiling is particularly high or low, or if you're purchasing a fan for a bigger space, talk to your home improvement professional before you invest.

2. Get a Good Motor

If you're going to be using a fan to cool off your bedroom, chances are it will be on for hours at a time. You'll want a high-quality motor with a warranty in case something goes wrong. There should also be a reverse feature so you can use it year-round. 

Good quality motors can last you for years. They will make the difference between a noisy, wobbly fan and one that runs smoothly.

3. Choose Your Mounting Type

Ceiling fans that get mounted too close to the ceiling will have less air to move around your space. Flush mounts, which are mounted very close to the ceiling, work well for rooms with low ceilings. 

Downrods bring your fan blades further away from the ceiling. These are ideal for very high or vaulted ceilings.

Make sure you measure your room's height and check your down rod length before purchasing. The blades themselves should be around eight or nine feet from the floor.

4. Choose Your Style

The style of ceiling fan you end up deciding on will have much to do with the decor of your room. Remember that you could have your fan for many years, so you'll want to choose something that will work even if you decide to change your room's color. 

Traditional fans generally come in darker stains. They add sophistication to your room, and they're easy to match with French or Victorian decor. If you plan on keeping your bedroom formal, opt for something rich and elegant.

Modern looks have lots of clean lines and are available in wood or even steel materials. These styles are a little more cutting-edge. If your room has a modern vibe that you plan on keeping, opt for a modern design.

Transitional looks combine modern and contemporary styles. You may, for example, want simple, clean fan blades with a lighting cage that's a bit more formal. These work well if you haven't yet decided on a color or style for your bedroom.

Rustic looks are traditionally used outdoors, but recent years have brought them in for country charm. These styles have features like weathered-looking blades and polished bronze light cages that bring an old-world vibe into your space.

5. Think About Your Lighting

Remember that you're ceiling fan is a source of light as well as cooling. Consider the size and shape of your light bulbs as they'll relate to your look.

LED lights have recently become popular as they are so efficient. In fact, they use about 75% less energy and last 25% longer. LED lights allow you to keep your bedroom well-lit while remaining environmentally friendly.

Other lighting types include traditional fluorescent bulbs and halogen lights, which will use more energy than LED lights but less than incandescent bulbs. 

6. Remote Controls

Many fans can now be controlled through remote devices. You won't need to worry about getting out of bed and reaching for a pull chain if you can change your fan's settings this way.

Remote controls can change your fan speed as well as dim or brighten your lights. For more convenience, consider purchasing a fan with a remote.

7. Think Smart

Smart fans can get controlled through your smart device, remote control, or even verbally controlled devices like Alexa or Google Home. Smart fans allow you to change your fan speed or lighting remotely. They can save you money with temperature sensors.

8. Installation

If you're handy, you may feel ready to install a ceiling fan yourself. 

If, however, you're not very handy or need new wiring installed, you may want to spend the money to hire a licensed electrician. It can end up saving you money in the long run because you can be certain your fan was installed and wired properly.

An electrician who specializes in fan installation will be able to install your fan quickly and spot potential problems right away. They may even provide you with an installation warranty.

The Finest Ceiling Fans

Modern ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and boast a number of convenient features. With a little homework and planning, you'll find the perfect fan that will complement your bedroom for years to come.

Don't stop becoming a home expert now. For more great advice on how to do things, read our blog today. 

 

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