A. Ceiling fans get a bad rap. Personally, I don’t exactly love them, but I can also admit how useful and helpful they are in situations just like this. This is one of those times where sometimes practicality wins out. Plus, having yourself a ceiling fan is a far better way to get air moving through a room than having 3 or 4 table fans spread about.
If your mom’s home is getting that hot during the summer, then she needs to do something for sure. So I say get her a great fan that she will love. Just make sure you think about picking out the one that she might like the best. Follow these easy tips for choosing a ceiling fan and your mom will be happy.
Think about how you need to mount it prior to purchasing. If you have a ceiling that has a bit of a slope you need to be sure to get something that comes with an angled mount.
Consider the electrical requirements beforehand. If you are doing this yourself, this is a very important process to installing a fan. Clearly, replacing an existing fixture will make for an easy process. Otherwise, adding something brand new could prove to be tricky. I’d think about calling an electrician.
Consider the style of the rest of the home, and then be sure to get a fan that fits. Think about matching hardware and finishes as well. You want it to be inserted in to the room without any trouble.
If you like contemporary, choose something sleek and minimalistic.
Prefer traditional? Get something that is more formal and ornate.
Transitional might be the safest bet. This is the most common for a large number of decor styles. Get something that has minimal detail, and a finish that can last for years. Ordinarily, choosing something sophisticated and simple is your safest bet.
Size and Distance
The taller the ceiling, the bigger the fan.
On average, ceiling fans are fit and ready for 8 to 9 foot ceilings. If you have something taller than this, you will need a down rod. If you do need this, look in to the distance of the rod that will extend down from the ceiling.
Do think about whether or not you want to include a lighting fixture in your ceiling fan. Getting a fan that comes with a light may take care of two birds with one stone. It purely depends on your preference.
Hot vs Cold
Ceiling fans should come with what is called a reverse mode. This means that in the summer it will spin counterclockwise, keeping the air cool. Then in the winter it spins in the opposite direction, keeping the air warmer. Make sure this is possible.