Fashion and Function: Ceiling Fans Beat the Heat
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the heat.
The summer heat taxes everyone’s air conditioning systems, but you can give some relief to the AC units by installing ceiling fans to improve air circulation.
The counter-clockwise motion of the fan will generate a gentle breeze to circulate the cool air and help you feel 7 to 8 degrees cooler than your AC unit alone. This will also help your air conditioner work more efficiently and decrease your overall energy costs.
In addition to choosing one of the hundreds of styles, there are several other important factors to keep top of mind for safety and efficiency before you head to our Crest Showroom to pick the perfect fan.
First thing to think about is the installation point. Ideally, the fan should be positioned at least 12 inches from the ceiling and seven feet off the floor. A height of eight to nine feet off the floor allows for optimal air movement and circulation. If the rod in the fan kit isn’t long enough to meet these needs, downrods in various lengths are available for purchase to get this optimal balance.
If your fan has a light fixture, reduce the length of the downrod by at least 12 inches to allow space.
For rooms with 8-foot ceilings, there are specially designed fans called “huggers” that mount flush with the ceiling.
The other key installation consideration is within the ceiling. The fan will need to be mounted to a special junction box that is marked for use with ceiling fans. These boxes help support the weight of the fan, which for some models, can be up to 50 pounds. The boxes should be mounted to a ceiling joist.
Most joist boxes can accommodate a ceiling slope up to 30 degrees. Adapters are available to accommodate a slope greater than 31 degrees up to 45 degrees.
The blade span is important to match to the size of the room, you will need 18 inches to 2 feet of space between the blades and the wall for maximum air circulation.
The larger the room, the larger the blade span you will need to efficiently move the air. For spaces up to 75 square feet, a fan 36 inches or smaller is ideal. Mid-size rooms that are up to 144 square feet can benefit most from a ceiling fans 36 inches to 42 inches wide, depending upon the shape of the room, keeping in mind the necessary space between the fan blades and the wall. Larger rooms around 225 square feet require fans that are 50 inches to 54 inches.
There are fashionable fan choices for every type of décor for both indoor and outdoor living. Designs range from sleek and modern to log cabin to tropical palms and everything in between.
Paramont EO and Crest Lighting can help you keep cool and make the most of your homes air conditioning with a wide selection of ceiling fans. Our experts can help you choose the one that fits your home, visit www.paramont-eo.com or call 844-PARAMONT.