Not sure how to go about purchasing a new ceiling fan? Don’t worry, the experts at Salt Light & Electric are here to help! Although previously we have described how ceiling fans are more energy efficient than your air conditioner, that does not mean to simply purchase the coolest looking one. Instead, you’ll need to do some research to determine the best option.

The professionals at Salt Light & Electric have come up with a comprehensive guide for finding the perfect ceiling fan for your Central Texas home!

Determine Budget

As with any home improvement process, you’ll want to ensure you can pay for the initial investment. The average price of a ceiling fan has a wide range, mostly due to the varied designs and features. A typical residential ceiling fan will run you anywhere from $40-250, while some with extra options can run for $300 or higher.

Beyond the cost of the ceiling fan, you’ll also need to pay for a professional installation. Although the price of installation will vary, one thing is for certain: Salt Light & Electric offers ceiling fan installation services both professional and affordable.

Accommodate Room Size

Room size is very important when finding the ideal ceiling fan. As a rule, you’ll want to have a larger ceiling fan for big spaces such as the living room, and smaller ceiling fans for bedrooms. Ceiling fans with larger/longer blades consume more energy but provide sufficient comfort for the room size, while smaller blades, obviously, use less energy to cool a smaller area.

To determine if a ceiling fan is adequate for a room, you’ll want to look at its blade span. The blade span is the length of one blade to the other directly across the fixture. Generally, a blade span of 45 inches is suitable for 175 sq. ft bedrooms, while 60 inches is good for 350 sq. ft living rooms. Measure the square footage of the room to get a more accurate result.

Additionally, you’ll need to know the height of your ceiling to determine what size down rod is preferred for your ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are most useful when about 9 feet above the ground.

Compare Types

Ceiling fans come in several different additions. Besides a standard ceiling fan, there is a low-profile variant, which is used for rooms with lower ceilings. Low-profile ceiling fans connect directly to a ceiling mount and do not have a down rod.

Some ceiling fans come with remote control function, adding more convenience but at a higher cost. There are also dual motor ceiling fans, which operate two separate fans simultaneously. Dual motor fans can be used to blow two different speeds in two areas of a room.

Ceiling fans can also vary in the number of blades. Generally, you’ll want to stay within 3-4 blades for maximum cooling in your home. Too many blades will waste energy and not make a noticeable difference.

Check for Energy Star Certification

The last thing you’ll want to consider is the ceiling fan’s energy efficiency, and what better way to do this than purchasing an Energy Star certified model? Ceiling fans possessing an Energy Star certification use much less energy than traditional counterparts, although the initial price may be a bit higher. Look for the Energy Star sticker on the ceiling fan’s box or online description. This will guarantee energy efficiency with your purchase.

After looking at our guide, you may be ready to install a new ceiling fan in your Central Texas home. Salt Light & Electric is your number-one resource for professional ceiling fan services. Call us at (512) 956-7842 to schedule an appointment and get started!