You’re busy—we all are. As a working mom balancing everything life has to offer, the last thing on your mind is going around to different local stores shopping for something.
When you want to upgrade, replace, or add a new ceiling fan to your home, the process can be a bit stressful if you’re doing it that way. That’s why we’re thankful for online stores. Online storefronts offer the convenience of shopping from home or your smart device while also letting you get what you need on your time. If you’re wondering how to choose an amazing ceiling fan from an online store, check out our short guide below.
Measure Your Room
The first step to getting the ceiling fan of your dreams starts with measuring your room and sizing up your fan. Start by measuring the room’s length and width. Multiply the two figures to get the room’s area. Once you know the area, you can choose a ceiling fan size. Consult the online store’s size chart to determine the diameter of the fan you need. Before purchasing the fan, measure the room to guage if the blade sweep (the diameter around the blades) will interfere with any other fixtures in the room. A little bit of research and legwork will go a long way to helping you get the right fan for you as you proceed with your online purchase.
Explore Different Styles
As you probably already know, ceiling fans come in a vast range of unique styles and designs. Modern ceiling fans offer sleek, solid color designs with a modern twist. Rustic fans have wooden tones, wooden construction, and a nostalgic feel. Farmhouse fans might mix the two design aesthetics together, with wooden blades and metal ornaments. Industrial fans can be two or three-bladed, modern-looking fans that really pack a punch. Other, lesser know fan styles like transitional, nautical, casual, and formal styles are all viable options you can choose when shopping online. Take a look at some images, check out the reviews, choose your size and accessories, then you can order and enjoy your ceiling fan in no time.
Know The Type of Mount You Need For Your Fan
For safety reasons, ceiling fans should be mounted a minimum distance from the floor. Typically, this will be around eight or nine feet from the floor. Downrods can help mount a fan from a higher ceiling. These might be half an inch in diameter or about 3/5. The length of the downrod (from three to five or so inches) will help mount a fan to any ceiling size. Downrods can also help mount a fan to a sloped ceiling. If the downrod isn’t long enough, you can always get an extended downrod or extended mount to get your fan set up.
Hugger, low-profile, and flush mounts all mean the same thing: a mount that sits directly against the ceiling. Hugger or flush mount ceiling fans are a superb choice for any room if the ceiling is lower. They can come in both modern or rustic styles and feature the same awesome accessories as any other ceiling fan. They also look pretty cool nestled against the ceiling, making them a great visual choice for any room.
Add Some Lighting
Lighting is a fantastic addition to your ceiling fan. Not all ceiling fans come with lighting, but you can always install it yourself with a kit. For the ones that do come with some form of lighting, it’s prudent to decide what you want based on the other aesthetic choices in your home. It should be functional, provide ample lighting, and accent the room. The option for LED, Edison bulbs, chandelier-style lighting, single dome lights, nautical lights, and myriad other styles give you a plethora of wonderful options. Consider getting a dimmable light and a remote control for the ultimate in comfort with your ceiling fan.
Decide on Indoor or Outdoor Use
When you’re shopping for fans online, did you know you can also get a ceiling fan that will work in an outdoor setting? First, determine if you’re going to need a damp or wet rated fan. Per the United Laboratories safety organization, damp-rated fans are perfect for a roofed porch, gazebo, or veranda because it isn’t directly exposed to moisture. Rain and snow won’t really get to it much and mess up its inner workings. Wet-rated fans, however, are sealed and specially designed to endure water exposure. Outdoor fans work great with flush mounts, so they’re closer to the ceiling. Then figure out the style that fits your home and how you’re going to use the fan. Choosing the right outdoor fan is easy when you know what to look for, so don’t hesitate to consider one for your next ceiling fan purchase.