When the Florida heat begins to creep in each summer, it’s important to keep your house as cool as possible. When paired with the right ceilings fans, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. However, you also want your ceiling fans to look good within the space, and to be the appropriate size for the room. At The House of Lights & Home Accents in Melbourne, we can help you find the right fan for every room in your house.
The Small Bedroom
Let’s say that you have a small bedroom that needs a ceiling fan. You might be replacing an old fixture, or you may be tired of that outdated globe light that’s been mounted on the ceiling since 1990. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to find a fan that matches the decor of the space (or inspires you to find new decor), and that is appropriately sized. For this example, we’ll use a measurement of 90 square feet to determine what size of fan you’ll need.
The square footage will determine what the recommended blade span will need to be for your new fan. The blade span is the measurement from the tip of one blade to the tip of another (on fans with an even number of blades), or the distance from the center of the fan to the end of the blade (on fixtures with an odd number of blades). With a room that is 90 square feet, you’ll want a fan that has a blade span of 36 to 44 inches. This will provide adequate airflow, but the blades will be small enough that they won’t seem too large within the room.
The Large Living Room
The living room is likely where you spend most of your time, especially during the dog days of summer. It’s too hot to go outside, and sitting in your favorite chair with the ceiling fan on above your head can help you stay cool and comfortable.
Let’s say that your living room is 250 square feet. It’s a much larger space than the small bedroom, and you’ll need a ceiling fan that’s sized to match. You’ll obviously need a bigger blade span, and for a space this size, the recommended span is 50 to 72 inches. This range is bit bigger than the smaller fan for the bedroom, and your choice will depend on what you want in terms of style. You’ll also want to think about what kind of lights you want your fan to have, since it may be the main source of illumination in the room.
The Proper Height
Now that you have some idea of what fan is best for two different-sized rooms, it’s time to discover the proper height for your new fixture. The height of the ceiling will be the determining factor here, and once you have that number, it’s easy to know where to hang your new fan.
For rooms with standard eight-foot ceilings, you’ll want to install a hugger fan that is mounted close to the ceiling. You can opt for a three-inch downrod, but you’ll want to be sure that there’s plenty of clearance for people to walk beneath the fixture (a minimum of seven feet from the blade tip to the floor is recommended).
If you have a taller room with a nine- or 10-foot, you can hang the fan with a longer downrod. Nine-foot ceilings often call for three- to six-inch downrods, and our team can help you determine which option will be best for your home. For every foot above nine feet, simply add another six inches to the length of the downrod. This means that a 10-foot ceiling would need a 12-inch downrod, an 11-foot ceiling an 18-inch downrod, and so on.
Finding the right ceiling fan shouldn’t be hard, and at The House of Lights & Home Accents, we can show a number of great fixture options. It doesn’t matter if you have a small bedroom, a large living room, or a medium dining room – we can help you find the right fan for every space.
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