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

By Jacquelyne Froeber
August 02, 2005
Janet Grayson

1. The larger the space, the bigger the fan. The followingmeasurements will help you select the right size fixture for yourspace:
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 thefan blades. Choose a fan with a pitch of 14 degrees for maximumcirculation.

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

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

5. Fan fashion expresses individual style. Try acontemporary brushed-steel finish or add tropical breeze withrattan blades. Ask the manufacturer about mix-and-matchoptions.

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

7. A high-quality motor is important. Motors should haveheavy-duty windings and sealed bearings that are always lubricated.The motor is essentially the heart of the ceiling fan―alow-quality choice could lead to noise and weak aircirculation.

8. Blade finish affects longevity. Painted wood and plywoodwith Mylar-type coating will help keep breezes flowing foryears.

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

―Source: American LightingAssociation