Here are 3 ways a ceiling fan will benefit you and your home as well as some ideas to help you choose the right ceiling fan installation in Denver. Urban Handyman can install your ceiling fan and have you on your way to better comfort.
Benefits of a ceiling fan
Ceiling fans move air. So how does this help?
The wind chill effect
When you’re hot and sweating, or slightly perspiring, moving air across your body evaporates your sweat and creates the effect of cooling you off even though the room or outside ambient temperature remain the same.
Consider how we love a cool breeze, likely it’s not the temperature of the breeze but the affect the breeze has on your body when we perspire. The same thing happens when we step out of a hot shower in the colder months, then it’s down right cold.
This cooling effect works inside or out but will likely be most effective inside where, especially if you are not running the ac, the air has less opportunity to move and heat will tend to collect.
Alternately placing a ceiling fan on a patio or porch will allow the same effect and be most handy when there is no natural breeze, so you can make your own.
Mix The Air
If you have air conditioning you may have noticed that warm air may congregate at the ceiling and the cooler air will settle at the floor level. Switch on the fan to stir things up, push the warm air down to mix with the cool air and even out the overall temperature of the room.
In theory your central air system circulates air by drawing the air into the system and turning it back out into the house after passing through the cool coils. Depending on your system this process can be more effective in some rooms more than other so giving your system a helping hand with an additional fan to mix the air can help.
In The Winter
Consider using your ceiling fan in the winter months to mix the air inside the home just like you would in the hot summer months. The difference would be that you can switch the fan to draw the air up to the ceiling to mix low air and high air and help distribute the heat from your central or other heat system.
Why reverse the fan? Ultimately in most homes the direction of the fan will make no difference in how the air mixes, it will mix and even out the inside air temperature moving clockwise or counterclockwise. The difference is moving the air up will diffuse the air so you don’t feel a breeze and start feeling cold.
These benefits are really all about moving air but there is more to consider. There are light options with most fans, you can install the light kit or leave it just as a fan. You can decide if more light or different light would benefit the room in question.
Lastly, and what we will explore a little more below, is style. There are many different styles of fans and light kits to help define your space. Pick something that stands out or blends in.
Wherever your design preference there’s a fan and or light kit to fit your style and unique taste.
Find the ceiling fan that speaks to you and we will take it from there.
Every home in Colorado is different. From high rise apartment to a unique colonial style home or a Denver square. Whatever your style is, find the ceiling fan that speaks to you. Below we have listed some key points to keep in mind before buying your ceiling fan.
High V.S. Low Ceilings
On average ceiling heights are in between 8 to 10 feet. But of course, every home is unique. Please measure the height of your room and consider your options before purchasing a fan.
A high ceiling is anything more than 8 feet and everything under 8 feet is considered a low ceiling. Just because you have a low ceiling, does not mean you cannot have a ceiling fan. Choose a flush-mount ceiling fan, also called huger or low profile fan. A flush mount fan sits closer to the ceiling usually without a down rod, these fans are also less likely to sway or wiggle when the fan is on due a more rigid/secure installation. You may also want to pass on a light kit or go with a low profile LED light kit.
If you have high ceiling you will have different and more options such as a ceiling fan down rod. It is a metal pipe that allows your ceiling fan to extend lower into the room to an optimal height for appearance and function. The down rod comes in all lengths and colors. Additionally light kits are more appropriate looking with higher ceilings if desired, feel free to be creative.
Finding the right size
To be effective a ceiling fan should be size appropriate to the room. Everything else is based on your personal preference in design and price. Check out the recommendations below for correct sizing of your ceiling fan compared with your room size.
|Length of Longest Wall in Room||Best Ceiling Fan Width|
|Less than 12 feet||36 inches or less|
|12 to 15 feet||40 to 48 inches|
|More than 15 feet||52 inches or more|
There are economical fans and high end fans
That said ceiling fans are looking better than ever for more affordable prices. If your want top quality performance and prefer a high end style, including things like real wood blades, spend some money. The big performance difference you’ll notice with a higher end fan is how quiet they are, you don’t even hear them, also a higher end fan will have less tendency to sway.
Here are some final considerations for before purchasing your ceiling fan.
- Do I want a remote control or a pull string to adjust the speed of my ceiling fan?
- Is reverse mode a feature of the fan?
- Air flow. Does the fan actually move air? Not every fan blade design will move air effectively. Check the reviews online for the fan you’re looking at. If other people are happy with the fan there is a good chance you will be too.
Inspirational ideas for you new ceiling fan installation
The classic white ceiling fan is always great. It can be a simple accent to a bold colored room. In the example above it also provides a beautiful light feature as well.
Check out this copper finish. The white blades blend into the decor of the room. This is a super sophisticated ceiling fan.
I love this sleek black fan! The black fan and brown paneled ceiling mix together very nicely on this patio. The patio looks like a luxurious bungalow on the beach.