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Fan Shopping Simplified

Below are some suggestions which may assist you in either narrowing down your ceiling fan selection  or may assist by ensuring you purchase a fan which is best suited for the room where you will be installing it.  If you are overwhelmed by the myriad of ceiling fan choices please ask Fan Man Lighting for assistance. Fan Man Lighting can simplify the process and make sure you end up with the right fan for your room.

Some Things to consider prior to or during fan selection:
  1. Most ceiling fans come with one of two motor designs. The motors used in fans also come in different sizes.  Consider taking a moment to learn about differences in motor design prior to starting to select your ceiling fan.  Click here for more information about fan construction.
  2. Self assess your reason for purchasing a fan. Are you purchasing a fan primarily for:
    - Decoration?
    - Decoration primarily but would like to move some air as well?
    - Decoration but also need to move a large volume of air?
    - Moving large volume of air but also for decoration. 
    - Moving air purpose only.
  3. How often do you think you will use the fan?  The more you plan to use the fan the more you may want to consider getting a fan with a higher quality motor.
  4. What is your room size and what size of fan are you looking for? Keep in mind there is more to air movement than the blade span of the fan. The size of motor used inside the fan housing, blade pitch, RPM, blade design, all factor into how much air will get moved. For example some companies put longer blade arms on their fans to get a larger span but it may not result in more air movement than a smaller fan. The smaller fan might move the same amount of air as it may have the same blade surface area, steeper blade pitch, have a larger motor, or spin at a higher RPM. 
  5. What is the noise level of the room where the fan is going to be used? All fans are generally rather quiet to begin with. Ceiling fans with higher quality motor designs are more likely to stay quiet over longer period of time even in high use scenarios. When placing fans in sound sensitive areas it becomes more important to factor in how sensitive you are to sound and how frequently the fan will get used. An inexpensive fan getting occasional use in a guest bedroom on the lower level of the house perhaps will work out just fine long term.  But that same fan might be a bad choice for use in a hot upstairs bedroom where you plan to run the fan all summer long. 
  6. Determine how you plan to control the ceiling fan. Things you may want to consider include:
    - Do you intend to purchase a ceiling fan with light or fan with optional light?
    - Do you have separate wiring and the ability at the wall to control fan and light independently?
    - Do you think it is import to reverse fan direction without flipping a switch on the fan housing? 
    - Would you rather control the fan/light/reverse from a wall control system, a remote control system,
         neither, or both?
    - Are you OK with operating fan speeds or on/off of light via pull chain on the fan?