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How to Buy the Right Ceiling Fan

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Size matters

A 36-inch fan isnrsquo;t likely going to do a great job of cooling your giant great room, and a 72-inch fan might look out of place in a tiny bedroom not to mention the fact that it might feel like a wind tunnel in there. Getting the lookmdash;and functionmdash;right has a lot to do with buying the right size fan for your space.

Consider the lighting

Does your space have decent lighting elsewhere or are you depending on the ceiling fan to provide good lighting for the room? Before you spend many aggravating hours searching online for the ldquo;brightest LED ceiling fan,rdquo; followed by an equally aggravating trip to a big box store that shall go unnamed, let us give you a little insight: Most fans without multiple exposed lights now have integrated LEDs, which means the light is built in to the fan and is not changeable.

While this may be cost-effective and convenientmdash;especially if yoursquo;d have to climb a ladder to change the light bulbmdash;itrsquo;s not great if yoursquo;re looking for a brighter light than what is included in the box. If you want one of those snazzy modern-looking fans nbsp;and you need a super bright light, yoursquo;ll probably need to MacGyver it or buy a fan without a light and then get a separate light kit without an integrated bulb. Good times ahead

Match your >

Ceiling fans with integrated lights come in a variety of >

Do the blades go in reverse?

One of the coolest pardon the pun features of many of todayrsquo;s fans is the fact that you can run them in reverse, which forces rising hot air down and helps keep the room comfortable in winter. If this feature is important to you, make sure the fan yoursquo;re looking at has it, because not all do.

Do you need a downrod?

Downrods are necessary if you have tall ceilings. has a great graphic that shows you how long or short your downrod should be depending on your room, but donrsquo;t forget to take your personal preferences into account. If yoursquo;re in a room that tends to run hot or faces west, maybe you want the fan installed a little lower so you can feel the air flow.

Read the reviews

While this was not so helpful in determining whether or not a light was bright enough People have opinions, and, wow can they contradict each other, it was helpful in weeding out some options that were wobbly when installed, didnrsquo;t come with a decent remote or any remote at all, or didnrsquo;t look like their picture in real life. Yoursquo;re never going to find any product with a 100 percent approval rating nor will you agree with everything you read, but a ldquo;majority rulesrdquo; type of deal is usually a pretty safe bet.

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