While a ceiling fan can’t change the temperature of a room, it can make the people in that room feel more comfortable. A ceiling fan breaks up the air pockets in a room and ensures a more even distribution of hot and cold air for better temperature management Not only does this increase your comfort level, but it also reduces energy costs and prolongs the life of your heating and cooling system by not making it work so hard. If you’re in the market for a ceiling fan, the team at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling have a few tips to know before you buy.
Ceiling Fan Features
Remote Control – Being able to control your fan remotely is a great perk for many homeowners. If it’s a feature you want, make sure the fan you choose comes with that option, because not all of them do. However, many times there are compatible remote units available, so be sure to ask.
LED Lights – If your ceiling fan will include a light kit, choose an LED option. Changing the lights in a ceiling fan is never easy because it’s usually in the center of the room with no handy place to lean a ladder for access. The less often you need to change the lights the better, and LED lights last for years!
Energy savings is another advantage of LED lights. LED bulbs are 85% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and more than 10% more efficient than fluorescent bulbs. They use minimal energy to operate and last a ridiculously long time.
Settings – Other features to look for are multiple speed settings and a reverse setting to use in the winter to keep warm air from collecting near the ceiling.
For energy efficiency, look for a fan that uses 60 watts or less (not including the light kit). Another factor to consider is air circulation. As a rule of thumb, the best fans have an airflow of at least 4,000cfm (cubic feet per minute), a scale rated by the Air Movement and Control Association. This identifies how large of a room the fan is capable of accommodating. The higher the airflow, the larger the room the fan can make comfortable.
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Make sure you know what kind of mount you need and that the fan you buy is available in that configuration. For instance, not all ceiling fans are designed to be mounted on an angle. If you plan to mount your ceiling fan on the angle of a vaulted ceiling, make sure the style or brand you buy can be hung that way.
The last thing to look for when purchasing a ceiling fan is a good warranty. Most ceiling fans should last 15-20 years. Many come with a lifetime warranty on the motor, so make sure yours has at least a 15-year warranty or greater.
If you’d like to compare individual fans, check out the top ten ceiling fans reviewed here by Best Reviews. If you find a fan you love and need help installing it, give us a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.