We spoke recently with a friend who abashedly admitted she didn’t know squat abut ceiling fans. That, in fact, she avoided buying fans altogether as it was too daunting. This post, is for her and anyone else who is wary about shopping for ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans have gotten a bad rap from interior designers lately with many design-fluencers opting to remove ceiling fans from homes altogether. While we admire their determination – we also know they don’t live in South Florida, otherwise, they’d be making different choices. After all, design is primarily about function and when it comes to Florida weather, cool air is a necessity.
When talking with our friend, we found out that she felt pressured to remove ceiling fans from a design standpoint because they are “eye sores.” Well, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, there are plenty of ceiling fans out there that are quite stunning and really enhance the overall design of your room – including some you can find at Home Depot!
We’ve compiled some of our favorite ceiling fans and brands for you here in the hopes to alleviate any pressure you feel about finding the right fan for your home.
But first! Choosing the right size fan for your room is as easy as knowing your approximate square footage. A 42-inch fan is efficient for a room up to 200 square feet – 14 by 14 feet. This is the best size for most bedrooms and offices. Larger rooms up to 400 square feet can use a 52-inch fan to circulate air more effectively throughout the whole room. The number of fan blades is more a matter of aesthetics than anything else. Five blade fans may be a bit quieter, but a good quality fan should add very little ambient noise regardless.
So, there you have it.
Oh, and a quick note about safety: those 5 or 6 blades whirring overhead are nothing to be concerned about – unless you’re a 7′ dude or an active kid who likes to jump on the bed (in which case, sure, maybe get a high powered AC unit and a flushmount light).