Ceiling Fan Q&A: Everything You Need to Know
Ceiling fans tend to be underrated appliances. They are one of the only household appliances that can actually save you some money. C.M. Mose & Son presents the benefits of ceiling fans, explains how to choose one for your space, and provides answers to common ceiling fan questions.
Ceiling Fan Frequently Asked Questions
You have ceiling fan questions, and we have answers. Here are some of the most common questions homeowners ask about choosing, using, and maintaining a ceiling fan.
Q: How high should a ceiling fan be off the ground?
A: To operate optimally, ceiling fan blades should be no higher than 8 to 9 feet from the floor. This provides the optimal amount of space to circulate the air in the room.
Q: Which direction should a fan rotate during the winter?
A: The right ceiling fan direction for winter is counterclockwise. This direction pulls warm air down and around the room.
Q: Which way should my fan rotate during the summer?
A: The correct ceiling fan direction for summer is clockwise. This direction creates a gentle air draft to keep you and your family comfortable in the heat.
Q: What size ceiling fan for a room?
A: Sizes of ceiling fans can vary greatly, but here are some good guidelines:
- 6’x6’ areas require 20” to 36” ceiling fans
- 9’x9’ areas require 40” to 48” ceiling fans
- 10’x10’ and 16’x16’ areas require 50” to 58” ceiling fans
- 20’x20’ areas require 60” to 72” ceiling fans
- Areas larger than 20’x20’ will likely need two or more fans
Q: Is it normal for my ceiling fan to shake?
A: Some shaking or wobbling is to be expected at higher speed settings. But any movement that exceeds 1/2” requires attention as there may be something that needs to be tightened or replaced.
Q: How do I set my ceiling fan timer?
A: Many ceiling fans come with a remote that will let you set a timer for the blades and the light. The best way to learn how to operate the fan is to reference your user manual. If your user manual has been misplaced, try searching for your fan model number online.
Q: Why does my ceiling fan keep tripping the breaker?
A: If your breaker trips, you will lose power to the part of the house where the ceiling fan is installed. A breaker tripping indicates a possible problem with your installation or electrical system. With this type of issue, it’s best to consult an electrician.
Q: I lost my ceiling fan remote, now what?
A: Nothing is more frustrating than when a ceiling fan doesn’t work. The good news is you can still operate a ceiling fan, even with a lost remote. Most fans can be operated manually. Some fans may also be compatible with a universal replacement remote.
Ceiling Fan Benefits
There are many benefits to installing a ceiling fan in your home or outdoor space.
Five benefits of ceiling fans include:
- Lowers energy bill
It’s common to find ceiling fans in homes with air conditioning, and they’re often used simultaneously. In some cases, you can get away with running only the fan to create a refreshing breeze for you and the family. This helps you keep the space comfortable while leaving the AC off, saving money on energy costs.
- Circulates warm air in the winter
Many homeowners don’t realize the benefits a ceiling fan can provide during the cold months. Ceiling fans are designed to spin two ways. During the winter, you can set your fan to rotate the warm air that rises to the ceiling. This distributes the warmth throughout the room and keeps icicles off the roof.
- Enhances outdoor living spaces
If you have an outdoor space, like a three-season room or covered porch, a ceiling fan can be an attractive and useful addition. An outdoor fan looks great and provides a breeze on sweltering summer days.
- Promotes air circulation
Improving the air circulation in your home is one of the best benefits a ceiling fan provides. It keeps your rooms fresh by continually rotating air throughout the spaces.
Choosing Your Ceiling Fan: Things to Consider
When you’re considering the kind of ceiling fan to purchase, there are several factors to consider, including:
If a fan doesn’t move a lot of air, it will be more for aesthetics than functionality. Windspeed is usually measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). Check out the manufacturer’s packaging for the fan’s CFM to determine if it’s right for your space and climate control goals.
Every fan is built a little bit differently, and ceiling fans are examples of the “you get what you pay for” adage. Cheaper models tend to be noisier because their motors are lower quality and will wear out sooner than a top-quality brand.
The most durable ceiling fans often include stack motors, which are housed within a rubber ring cushion. The more you use the fan, the sooner it will show signs of wear and tear. But choosing a reputable brand with premium components will ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
You can use CFM/Watts to determine the efficiency of your ceiling fan. High-efficiency fans cost around $20/year to operate, even when running 24/7.
Ceiling Fan Types
There are thousands of ceiling fan types. From 3-and 4-blade fans to farmhouse ceiling fans, the options are endless. Some of the most popular ceiling fans include:
- Ceiling fans with lights: these provide a nice breeze and some light.
- Bladeless ceiling fans: these offer a modern look and provide stronger airflow around the room.
- Ceiling fan chandeliers: these are a great option for a stylish and functional fan.
- Outdoor ceiling fans: these are the same as indoor fans but usually have a “damp” rating so they can withstand exposure to the outdoors.
Determine the Size of Fan You Need
Once you’ve selected your ceiling fan, it’s important to determine the right-sized fan for your space. The easiest way to figure out the fan size is to check the box. Most manufacturers’ packaging will provide you with a simple formula to find the perfect fit.
If you have a vaulted ceiling, you can still reap the benefits of a ceiling fan by using a down rod extension. You’ll know the fan is at its optimum height when the blades are between 8 and 9 feet from the floor.
How to Clean a Ceiling Fan
To stay safe while cleaning your ceiling fan, be sure to turn off the power to your fan and grab a step stool. Start by dry wiping the blades and motor house. If you’re still seeing grime, use a damp cloth to clean it off and then immediately dry any wet spots. Dust will collect more quickly if you leave your fan damp.
Ceiling Fan Installation and Replacement in Missouri
Have more questions about your ceiling fan? The folks at C.M. Mose & Son are here to answer them. If you’re struggling to install a ceiling fan in the Kansas City area, we can help with that too. Request service online today.