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Chan's Fan Guide

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

If you’re having a hard time hanging with the heat this summer, it might be time to consider a ceiling fan. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite selections that will be in heavy rotation this season. (See what we did there?)

Ceiling fan benefits

Though ceiling fans are not the most aesthetic home fixture, they offer plenty of advantages that make them a worthwhile addition to your home.

  • Fans help with airflow in both summer AND winter! Fun fact: there’s a switch on most fans intended for winter use that allows air to spin in the opposite direction to drive heat down.

  • Fans are an affordable option- they may even cost less than a pretty light fixture!

  • Outdoor fans can help keep bugs away in the summer and can provide a cool breeze on a hot day. Just make sure that you look for a fan that is rated for outdoor use.

Look for a streamlined, clean look

Modern ceiling fans are a great choice. Their designs are generally neutral and compatible with many interior styles.

Image via AllModern

Avoid focal fans

Generally, ceiling fans should not be an artistic accent piece- think of them instead as a subtle, helpful addition to your space.

In most cases, we recommend choosing a fan that closely matches the color of your ceiling. This will help create a blended look.

There are always exceptions to the rule, though, and sometimes a contrast on the ceiling can look nice.

Check for can lights

Before you install a ceiling fan, be sure to check your space for can lights. If the blades of your new fan are placed too close to a can light, they can create an undesired strobe lighting effect.

Image via Bless’er House

Fan size guidelines

Follow the recommendations below in order to maximize the efficiency of your fan.

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