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Play It Cool: Pick the Perfect Fan

Fun style and function combine seamlessly in ceiling fans by Minka-AireĀ®. Known for their creative, classic designs, Minka-Aire fans come in a variety of fitting styles. Ranging from a refined two-fan-blade design to space-age sleek with two sets of fan blades, Minka-Aire fans will be at home in your space, whether you’re a Victorian-style-home owner or an urban loft dweller. You can get the lowdown on ceiling fans by checking out the Minka-Aire Styleboard. Also, here’s a handy list of tips that includes ways to help you figure out which fan fixture sizes work best for your room, placement details, and ever-important efficiency info.

Size

As with clothes and shoes, finding the right fit makes for the most comfortable experience, and the same holds true for fans. An undersized fan won’t properly cool a room and will have to be run more often, using more energy in the process. An oversized fan will also use more energy and cut into the efficiency an Energy Star rating brings to the table.

Minka Aire New Era 52 in. Indoor Ceiling Fan - White - ENERGY STAR

Minka Aire New Era 52 in. Indoor Ceiling Fan - White - ENERGY STAR

When selecting a fan, start with the size of the room. A blade sweep – in most cases the total width of a fan fixture – of up to 42 inches is sized for a 12 x 12-foot room or 144 square feet. A blade sweep of 44 inches is good for a room up to 225 square feet. Any room larger than 225 square feet will require a blade sweep of 50 inches or more. Now try that on for size!

Clearance

There must be 7 feet of clearance between the ground and mounted fan blades. Anything lower poses the possibility of injury. Ideal clearance is 8 to 9 feet.

Placement

Most ceiling fans include a 3- to 5-inch downrod. This is the piece between the ceiling bracket and the fan housing. It creates enough space between the fan blades and the ceiling for optimal circulation. A fan can be mounted closer to the ceiling with low-profile “hugger” mounts. These mounts ensure the 7 feet of fan blade clearance, but they are less efficient.

Efficiency

How much air can a ceiling fan move? It depends on the fan’s CFM rating, or cubic feet per minute. The higher the CFM, the more air is moved. Some manufacturers don’t list the CFM, in which case you should look at the RPM (revolutions per minute) and the blade pitch (the angle of the blades). The more RPM and steeper the blade pitch, the more air is moved and usually with a larger motor.

With these fan facts in mind, from style to size, and a glance at the Minka-Aire Styleboard, you’ll be equipped to find a fantastic fit!

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