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

By Jacquelyne Froeber
Updated: February 02, 2017
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

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