You came to the right place to discuss choosing a ceiling fan before purchase because there are actually a few things you need to know and ask yourself before picking one out.
What Is Your Budget?
When you have decided that you want a ceiling fan, first, you need to consider how much you are willing to spend on the fan(s).
Fans come in a variety of styles and designs, which is wonderful because they can match the interior of your home and provide a range of pricing options.
The style or design of a fan can range from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Ensure that the style you choose fits within your budget.
Not only do you need to consider the listing price of the fan itself for your budget, but you will also likely have an installation fee. If you are able to install the fan yourself, this will save you some money. But if you need to pay someone to install it for you, make sure to budget this in as well.
Will the Fan Be Indoors or Outdoors?
Did you know that they make different fans, specifically indoors or outdoors? So you want to ensure that you choose the correct type of fan for your application.
The fan needs to be rated for the specific installation location. Indoor fans are not made to be installed outdoors ever, but an outdoor fan could be installed indoors.
Outdoor fans need to be “wet-rated.” This means that they are designed and engineered to withstand direct contact with water and moisture because they will be outside and exposed to the elements.
Additionally, outdoor fans will be made of more durable materials to withstand the weather compared to indoor fans. That being said, indoor fans should never be installed outdoors ever because they are not durable enough or wet-rated.
Which Rooms Need a Ceiling Fan?
Not only do you need to know the number of fans that you need, but more importantly, the size of the room and the height of the ceiling in the room matters when picking out fans.
You need to calculate the size of the room and the ceiling height of the room prior to choosing a fan.
If a room has a high ceiling, then the fan will need a downrod. A downrod is a metal pipe that connects the motor housing to the mounting hardware in order to stabilize the fan and reduce the potential for wobbling while turned on.
Additionally, a fan with a wider blade span may be necessary in a room with high ceilings and/or a larger room in order for the fan to make an impact.
Do You Want a Fan With or Without a Light Fixture?
If you already have natural or artificial lighting within the room or location where you are installing the fan in, then you will not likely need a fan with a light fixture.
However, if you want to add light to the area, then you will need a light fixture on the fan unless you want to seek out lighting a different way such as with lamps.
If you do need a fan with a light fixture, then you will need to ensure that the ceiling has adequate support to hold the weight of the fan. If there is not enough support in the ceiling when the fan is installed, the fan will fall down and potentially part of the ceiling as well.
Whether or not your fan has a light fixture, you want to ensure that there is proper wiring installed for control of the fan. It is possible that you or someone else will need to install additional wiring or have a specialty remote or device to operate the fan.
I Want a Ceiling Fan Installed Now!
Fusion Electric serves those in residential and commercial electrical services in Overland Park and the Kansas City Metro area. Whether you are looking to add ceiling fans to your home or light fixtures, we are happy to help you.
We have received an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and want to help you keep cool in the heat of the summer.
Let our qualified electricians at Fusion Electric install your ceiling fans to ensure it is done correctly and in time for summer. Contact Fusion Electric today and we’ll help you in choosing and installing the perfect ceiling fan for your home!