The right ceiling fans will improve the quality of life in your log home. They will keep you cool in the summer and allow you to run your air conditioning less by providing a light breeze that dispels the heat. In the wintertime, you can keep the fans running on low to help distribute the warm air in your cabin and keep everything feeling cozy.
There are few things nicer than sitting in front of your cabin fireplace in the winter, with the warm air being gently circulated by an overhead fan.
When choosing overhead fans for your log home there are certain dimensions to keep in mind:
|Room Dimension:||Ceiling Fan Size:|
|12’ or less||36”|
|12’ to 15’||42”|
|15’ to 18’||52”|
|18’ and above||multiple fans|
Using the above guide will provide adequate air flow throughout a given room without being too large or overbearing. If your room is on the borderline I would suggest going with the larger size cabin fan. Otherwise you may be running the smaller fan longer or at a higher speed to ensure proper airflow and the noise may be objectionable.
You also want to be careful about where you mount the overhead fans in relation to the ceiling height. If you mount the fan too close to the ceiling the fan will not move air properly since there isn’t enough room above it for the airflow. Likewise, it’s important to keep the ceiling fan high enough that there is no risk of someone hitting their head or accidentally swinging an arm into it. Here’s a rough guideline:
Of course, these are rough figures as ceiling heights can vary greatly. On high cathedral ceilings in a great room, we typically mount our fans on 48" down rods since these 4-foot rods are the longest ones that are easily available. This leaves our fans about 8’ – 10’ off the floor.
Here are common lengths, available in black, rubbed bronze, and brushed nickel:
With multiple overhead fans in a large great room we’ll often run one fan blowing up in the winter and one fan blowing down to help circulate the heat and keep the overall room temperature even.
If you have a steeply pitched cabin roof you may need to build angled boxes for mounting the overhead fans, although some cabin fans can accommodate angled mounts.
What should you look for in a quality cabin fan? Nearly all fans commercially available at big box stores or home supply outlets will work just fine, but here are a few details to look out for:
If you're like me you can never tell which of the pull chains turns on the light and which one turns on the fan. Here's a simple way to distinguish them and you'll never have to try and explain to guests how to turn them on.
This cute ceiling fan pull chain set solves the problem of how to tell the difference between the light and the fan switch.
Apart from these few technical details the only limitation on choosing overhead fans is your imagination. Cabin fans can have different themes to go along with your log home decorating, such as Adirondack, Western or Northwoods. You can go sleek and contemporary with gleaming stainless steel or go rustic with wrought iron and leather.
Some ceiling fan suppliers with cabin-style fans are:
The right ceiling fans will set off your log home décor interior and provide you with years of enjoyment. Check out our page about log home interior design for more information.