Ceiling Fan Bedroom Buying Guide
Ceiling fans keep a bedroom cool and comfortable while enhancing its aesthetic and style. If you're looking for a new ceiling fan for your bedroom, you've come to the right place. We've compiled this guide to help you learn how to choose a ceiling fan for your bedroom.
1. Measure Your Room and Determine the Ideal Fan Size
How big of a ceiling fan you need for your bedroom depends on the room's size. The bigger a room is, the larger the fan needs to be.
To receive optimal flow from your ceiling fan, Energy Star makes the following ceiling fan recommendations based on room size:
- Rooms under 75 square feet: 29- to 36-inch blade span
- Rooms 76-144 square feet: 36- to 42-inch blade span
- Rooms 144-225 square feet: 44-inch blade span
- Rooms 225-400 square feet: 50- to 54-inch blade span
These recommendations ensure rooms receive the most energy efficient-ceiling fan to keep you cool.
To measure the square footage of your bedroom, measure the room's length and width in feet. Multiply the two measurements together to find the room's square footage. For example, a room that is 18 feet long and 10 feet wide is 180 square feet.
2. Consider the Number of Blades and Blade Length
Previously, the number of blades on a ceiling fan determined its noise level and circulation ability. A fan with many blades was quieter, while fans with fewer blades produced more noise. More blades, however, meant more drag, which means a fan with many blades turns slower and produces air less efficiently than a fan with few blades.
Thanks to improving technology, blade count does not matter as much as it used to. Low-drag blade shape and improved balance technology ensure that the number of blades a fan has makes a negligible difference. Instead, the number of blades a fan has is more of a stylistic choice.
With this said, blade span does make a difference in the capabilities of your fan. The blade span is the diameter of the fan's path when it spins — you can calculate it by measuring the distance between two opposite fan blades from end to end.
Long blades are ideal for large rooms and create a soft, comfortable airflow. Short blades work better in smaller rooms and create a more direct airflow.
3. Choose a Motor With the Right Power
When you buy a fan, you want one that produces a lot of airflow. Airflow is usually discussed in terms of cubic feet per minute (CFM). It is affected by the size of the ceiling fan motor and the fan's rotations per minute (rpm). The aerodynamics of the blades also impact airflow.
You'll likely want to choose a ceiling fan with high CFM and rpm, as this ensures your fan will keep you cool while running efficiently. To rate the efficiency of your fan, see how much CFM you get per watt.
4. Follow the Installation Process
Before buying or installing a fan, make sure you have the tools you need. From there, you can follow the step-by-step instructions provided in the fan's packaging. The instructions tell you how to install a ceiling fan in a bedroom so that you properly wire, mount and balance the fan.
You can never be too safe when it comes to working with electricity. Here are some tips on how to safely install a ceiling fan in your bedroom:
- Read the installation guide carefully. Do not take shortcuts.
- Turn the electricity off before you begin the installation process.
- Do not work alone — ask a friend or family member for help.
- Ensure the ceiling fan is at least 7 feet above the ground.
- Before installing the fan, make sure each blade is securely attached and tighten each screw.
- Use an electrical junction box designed for ceiling fans and a brace box to keep the fan secure.
5. Determine Your Style Preferences and Add Extra Features
Moving past some of the more technical factors you must consider when purchasing a fan and onto the fun part — choosing a style you like.
There are various ways to make your fan your own. From the blade style and materials to the colors and light fixtures, you can find a fan that suits your taste. No matter what style you are going for — whether coastal, modern, cottage or classic — you can find something you love. Ceiling fans usually come in wood, plastic or metal. Wood and plastic are generally preferred because they tend to be quieter.
In addition to matching your fan to your home decor, you can match it to your lifestyle by adding some extra features. Extra options include a remote control, wall control, smart-fan option and reversible blades. With so many options, you can find a fan that fits your aesthetic and lifestyle.
6. Evaluate the Warranty
Bedroom ceiling fans are an investment. They can add value to your home, solidify your home's aesthetic, save energy and circulate air all year long. Because a ceiling fan is an important investment in your home, you must protect it.
In addition to extra cosmetic features, it is essential to consider the customer support and warranty you will receive. If any issues or problems arise — like the blade is warped, a piece is missing or the fan stops working — it will be a relief if you have a reliable customer service team and warranty to turn to.
For your peace of mind, take steps to protect your investment. Before buying a fan, ask about the support you will receive after your purchase.
Explore Bedroom Ceiling Fans From Arranmore Lighting and Fans®
Arranmore Lighting and Fans® has the products and industry knowledge you need to find the right ceiling fan for your room. As a family-operated business with over 20 years of experience, we strive to help customers find durable, unique lighting and ceiling fans at a reduced cost.
No matter whose bedroom you want to upgrade, Arranmore has a ceiling fan that will match their style.
A few notable style options are our:
- Jaxon® 22" Flush Mount Ceiling Fan with Dimmable Lights
- Dallin™ 22" Ceiling Fan with Dimmable Lights
- Blynn™ 22" Ceiling Fan with Dimmable Lights
All three styles come in a variety of finishes, and the Jaxon model can be bought in pink, making it an excellent choice for a pink-themed room.
Now that you know what goes into purchasing a fan and have some style ideas, shop our inventory of bedroom ceiling fans today. If you're still not sure where to begin, contact us for more information on how to choose a ceiling fan for your bedroom.