The weather here has been hot, so we're grateful for our ceiling fans. But when my husband and I first moved into the Home of our Hearts, we quickly realized that two of the three fans had a problem. In fact, I’ve observed that even the poshest of homes sometimes have the wrong fan for the room. This post is my attempt to help you avoid common mistakes in choosing the right one for your home. Here's how we fixed the problem with our fans.
Problem #1: The first factor to consider is the height of the ceiling. The original fan in our living room had a downrod that was just four inches from the fifteen foot vaulted ceiling , leaving it too high to efficiently move the air in the room. The fan and the light kit (the light fixture attached to the bottom of the fan) each had a pull chain that was far too short. The only other method of turning on the fan was by a wall switch. There was no way to change the speed or direction. In addition, the light could only be turned on by climbing a ladder to reach the chain, so it was never used.