Ceiling Fan Basics

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Ceiling Fan Basics

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Choosing the Right Size
Ceiling fan blade spans range from 29 to 54 inches - the most popular being the 52-inch model. To determine which size you need, measure the room where the ceiling fan will be installed and follow these guidelines:

Room Dimensions Suggested Fan Size
Up to 75 ft2 29 - 36"
76 - 144 ft2 36 - 42"
144 - 225 ft2 44"
225 - 400 ft2 50 - 54"

* Reference: American Lighting Association, 2003

Choosing the Appropriate Mounting System
Ceiling fans should be installed, or mounted, in the middle of the room and at least 7 feet above the floor and 18 inches from the walls. If ceiling height allows, install the fan 8 - 9 feet above the floor for optimal airflow.

See Ceiling Fan Installation and Usage Tips for more information about mounting the ceiling fan.

Wet/Damp Rating. Placing a ceiling fan in a bathroom or other humid locations? Purchase a fan that has been UL listed with a "damp" rating. For fans that may come in direct contact with water, like on a patio or front porch, look for a UL "wet" rating. These fans include features such as sealed/moisture resistant motors, rust resistant housing, stainless steel hardware, and all weather blades.

Credits: US Department of Energy (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ceiling_fans.pr_ceiling_fans_basics)

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