Ceiling Fan Reviews
The soft whir and gentle breeze created by a ceiling fan has a certain ambience to it. Especially on warm summer days, an indoor ceiling fan
can really help a room feel cooler. Many ceiling fans also include a light fixture, working double duty to light a room from overhead while cooling it off as well (for just pennies a day - cheap! - even at high speed, they use less power than a 75W light bulb). Even in the winter, fans help warm the house by circulating the warm heated air that accumulates up near the ceiling and sending it back out around the room. When buying a ceiling fan, look for things like multi-speed, reversible airflow, and remote control. We like the fans that offer multiple speeds. You don't always need maximum air flow, but when the inside temperature starts heating up, it's nice to have a faster speed to turn to and increase the air flow.
A remote control is a great feature, one that you will use more often than you think. Wall controls are usually convenient enough, but remotes are the best when you are sitting in your favorite chair watching TV and need a little more air flow in the room. Just push a button and it's done. Perhaps the biggest hassle of buying a ceiling fan is the installation. Most of us don't know enough about electricity to hook it up ourselves, so hiring an electrician is going to cost a bit. We would say the average fan installation cost is upwards of $200. Look for Energy Star rated fans
so that you can get some of that up front cost back in energy savings. Instead of switching on the AC unit at 75 degrees, you may find you can live at 77 degrees with a simple ceiling fan running.
Buying and Installing a Ceiling Fan - What to Know
The most important part of any ceiling fan is the motor. The motor determines how much noise the fan makes, how smoothly it runs (does it wobble?), and its longevity. A good motor never needs oiling and will run consistently for years. Next up are the fan blades. The highest quality ones are normally made from layers of wood, properly weighed and balanced and matched. They should also be sealed to keep out moisture which can cause warping - even the slightest of which can throw the blades out of balance and cause wobble. Ceiling fans also come in a variety of sizes. Smaller ones (29" or so) are designed for hallways and smaller rooms, like bathrooms. Larger ones, like 42", are meant for bedrooms or small kitchens, while 54" fans are meant for great rooms or larger waiting areas. Don't mismatch a fan size - a huge fan in a small room looks silly, feels wrong, and is a waste of money. In terms of placement, the tips of the fan blades should always be a minimum of 18" from any wall, and the fan should be centered in the room. Most ceiling fans are designed to be placed 7-8 (blade height) feet above the floor. If you have higher ceilings, you will need extension hanger pipes (downrods) to hang the ceiling fan at the correct height. You can browse the top selling ceiling fans here
Best Ceiling Fans:
The top brands for ceiling fans include Emerson, Hunter, Westinghouse, Minka-Aire, Hampton Bay, and Kichler. Prices range from $50 up to $400+. Keep in mind unless your room is wired for a fan, you'll need to spend some extra money getting the fan installed properly. One of our favorites is the Minka-Aire F843-DK
with 3 distressed Koa blades and a 52 inch span. The 3 speed hand remote is a luxury that not all fans come with. There are various sized downrods available depending on the your ceiling height. The Minka Aire is a beautiful fan that runs quiet and keeps your room cool even when the outside temperatures are heating up your house. Another one we recommend is the Westinghouse 7861400 Industrial 56-Inch
that features 3 blades, a ball hanger installation system, and it comes in brushed nickel. The indoor ceiling fan works well in commercial applications where you have rooms up to 360 square feet. The 15 year warranty on the motor and 2 year warranty on all other parts is what customers appreciate on this one. It's quiet, efficient, and circulates air exactly as marketed. The steel blades and nickel finish allow this fan to be placed in almost any decor.