Easy Breezy

Janet Grayson
Tote this list to the home-improvement store and pick out the ideal fan for your space.

1. The larger the space, the bigger the fan. The following measurements will help you select the right size fixture for your space:
Rooms 225 square feet and larger: 50- to 56-inch fan
Rooms 65 to 144 square feet: 42- to 44-inch fan
Rooms 64 square feet and under: 32-inch fan

2. Air movement is determined by the speed and pitch of the fan blades. Choose a fan with a pitch of 14 degrees for maximum circulation.

3. Fan blades should be 7 feet or higher from the floor.

4. The UL (Underwriter's Laboratories) listing is important to location. If the fixture will be outdoors, choose a damp/wet UL-listed fan to ensure longevity.

5. Fan fashion expresses individual style. Try a contemporary brushed-steel finish or add tropical breeze with rattan blades. Ask the manufacturer about mix-and-match options.

6. Remote controls are a popular accessory. Light intensity and speed can be regulated, and many models have memory to keep your previous setting on-hand.

7. A high-quality motor is important. Motors should have heavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are always lubricated. The motor is essentially the heart of the ceiling fan―a low-quality choice could lead to noise and weak air circulation.

8. Blade finish affects longevity. Painted wood and plywood with Mylar-type coating will help keep breezes flowing for years.

9. Add lighting to your fan. Uplighting creates a relaxed, comfortable ambience. Lighting kits can also be custom-made to fit your desired style.

―Source: American Lighting Association

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