Home Improvement: Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles and colors to match any homeowner’s interior design aspirations, typically with, and without, lighting, and from three-to-five blades. They come in black, white, or brown, can be made of wood and metal, and can be covered with animal print fabric or styled with carved leaves.

Ceiling fans have come a long way since the Industrial Revolution where they were dreamed up by workers in overheated factories. These workers attached wooden or metal blades to the drive shafts of their machines.

Not Just for Summer!

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep cool in the summer on those nights that don’t require an air conditioner. Ceiling fans are unobtrusive and much quieter than box fans that sit on the floor (or balance precariously on window sills). Everyone knows that heat rises and, in the winter months, running a fan on low and in reverse will bring down the heat that accumulates at the ceiling, helping everyone to feel warmer.

Determine Blade Sweep

Before you purchase a ceiling fan, you’ll need to consider the blade sweep. You don’t want to overwhelm a smaller room with a ceiling fan that’s too big, but, you also want to make sure that the ceiling fan will be able to displace enough air to cool off a larger room. Another consideration is the length that the fan will drop from the ceiling. A home with an eight-foot ceiling could probably use a three-inch down rod for a ceiling fan and a room with a fifteen-foot high ceiling would need (at least) a one-foot down rod (and up to a five-foot down rod). It is suggested that you have at least seven feet of clearance from the floor to avoid any accidents.


Installing a ceiling fan yourself is a fairly easy job for most do-it-yourselfers. There are many tutorials online that available to help you if you have any questions or problems before, or during, installation.



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