Buy the Right Ceiling Fans for Your Home

The two main concerns to keep in mind when looking for the right ceiling fans for your home are style and function. A related concern is the quality of ceiling fans because these accessories have a wide range of prices available and the price generally reflects the quality.

Even if your home has central air conditioning, ceiling fans can be an attractive, stylish, and inexpensive addition. If your home is built with wood as the main material and has wood floors, ceiling fan with wood blades that complement the type of wood used as the floor can add a real touch of class. A lighted ceiling fan mounted on the dining table with wood blades that match the table can provide the right touch of decor to make the dining experience more comfortable and relaxing. The gentle breeze generated by the fan can give you extra comfort when serving multiple people in a small area such as the dining room.

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Ceiling fans can be used throughout the home. In a family or living room, they can provide a gentle breeze and even additional lighting to make reading or other leisure activities more ceiling fans.

The bedrooms are ideal places for ceiling fans. A gentle, comforting breeze can help you relax and fall asleep and can provide you with a pleasant experience when you wake up in the morning.

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Search a variety of home and garden magazines for ideas on where and how to use ceiling fans throughout your home. Check the internet for the manufacturers of ceiling fans. Many offer “tours” through a home that highlights the multitude of uses for ceiling fans. Let creativity and personal taste be your guide when deciding how to outfit your home with these stylish accessories.

Air conditioning provides cooling, but it doesn’t give you the cool, comforting breeze you get from a ceiling fan. A reversible ceiling fan will provide a cooling effect in the hot summer months and push hot air down from the ceiling in the cold winter months, helping you save on heating costs.

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As you examine each room you’re considering for a ceiling fan, keep several factors in mind. Make sure the size of the room dictates the width of the ceiling fan blades selected for that room. A lighting store, home center, or internet website that sells ceiling fans can guide you in selecting the correct size fan for the square footage of a particular room.

Decide if you need the additional light provided by a ceiling fan that includes lighting fixtures. When in doubt, select a fan that has a separate lighting kit available that can be added later if you decide you need more light.

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Take a look at the ceiling height of the room. Low ceilings will limit the type of ceiling fans you can choose from, while high ceilings may require some modifications, such as a downrod to install the ceiling fan, making it only 7 or 8 feet off the floor.

Make sure that the style of the ceiling fan complements the decor of the room. Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles and themes and you should have no problem narrowing your options.

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Finally, seriously consider a fan that may have its rotation reversed. Benefits include better cooling in the summer and better heating in the winter.

Once you’ve made the necessary decisions regarding the type of ceiling fan (s) you need, it’s time to shop. There are several places that sell ceiling fans. First, there are brick and mortar stores that specialize in lighting. Many carry only one or two brands and this will limit their options. Also, lighting stores are generally not large enough to display all models, further limiting your options. Also, keep in mind that many lighting stores need to sell at or near retail to pay the overhead necessary to operate a store.

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Finally, you must be cautious when dealing with sellers. While many are conscientious and prioritize customer needs, there are some who will try to push an overstock model or sell you a fan that gives them a higher commission. On the positive side, when it comes to a local brick and mortar store, customer service is usually good, and you can often get good advice.

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