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How do I Choose the Best Oak Ceiling Fan?

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  • Written By: Patti Kate
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 15 October 2018
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To choose the best oak ceiling fan, do some research and browse through catalogs or websites that offer various oak ceiling fan kits. If you are planning on installing the ceiling fan yourself, you may want to choose one that offers the simplest installation. You should also select a fan that offers a lifetime warranty, if possible.

Consider the room in which you plan on using your new oak ceiling fan. If you are going to be using the fan nearly every day, you'll want to be sure it offers adequate power. Motor power may differ among various models. If you want your oak ceiling fan to last a long while and have a strong motor output, you might need to spend more money, but it could be a wise investment.

You should consider blade number as well. Some oak ceiling fans have four or six blades, although most commonly they are made with five blades. Having more blades does not necessarily mean you will be getting more air circulation, however. Again, this typically will depend on the motor's power.

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The span of the blades may be another option to consider. Whether you choose a fan that features a 45-inch (115-cm) span or a 60-inch (152-cm) span may depend upon the size room in which it will be used. If you place a ceiling fan with an enormous blade span on the very low ceiling of a small room, it could look out of place. It may also pose safety concerns as well.

Although your oak ceiling fan will generally have genuine oak wood blades, the motor may have the finish of various metals. Depending upon your room decor, you might opt for a motor finish in pewter, brass, or another type of metal. Your light kit may be made of frosted glass or something different, so that is another option to consider. You'll need to decide what type of mounting you prefer as well.

Another consideration is whether you prefer a remote control with your oak ceiling fan. Most kits include a remote, but to keep costs down, some of the less expensive models may not include that option. You might also want to choose a fan that is energy efficient. This could be a major consideration if you plan on using your fan frequently.

Lastly, consider the color of the furnishings in your room. You may opt for light oak fan blades, or prefer the blades to be in a darker shade. If your furnishings are dark, a contrast of lighter blades might offset the room. If the decor is light colored, dark blades might be preferable. Conversely, you might choose to match the exact color of the blades to other wood furnishings in the room.

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