Ceiling Fan Basics: Part 1

 

Ceiling fans are not rocket science.  They are not as easy as falling off a log, but if you are armed with a little bit of knowledge, it will be much easier for you to make an informed purchasing decision. You will be able to strike a balance between cost, looks, features, and performance.

Join us as we teach you the most important things to know about selecting a great ceiling fan that works for your situation.

A basic ceiling may not include a light fixture and it’s speed is often controlled by a pullchain.  There are traditional-style fans with ventilation holes, there are contemporary fans, tropical fans, and many other styles. 

More expensive fans will often include a light fixture or some type of wall control/remote control.

 

Choosing a ceiling fan A basic ceiling doesn't include a light fixture and it's speed is controlled by a pullchain. There are traditional-style fans with ventilation holes, there are contemporary fans, tropical fans, and many other styles. From a basic ceiling fan, you can add on a light fixture. There are open-bowl lights, sealed dome lights, and multi-bulb lights. Some fans include a light fixture. You can add on a wall control or a remote control to any fan that includes a light fixture. Remote controls give you the ability to control the fan and light without having to go to the middle of the room and pull on chains. When you see a fan without pullchain, that usually means that the fan comes with an electronic wall control or a handheld remote control. Even though these fans look alike, the price and performance vary greatly. You get what you pay for. Ceiling fans are no different. Cheap fans have smaller motors, are weaker, and will not cool you very well. Higher priced fans from established brands like Casablanca and Emerson will come with larger, stronger motors, and higher quality materials. Paying more for a quality ceiling fan will result in a product that lasts longer and provides significantly more cooling. Buying an all-in-one ceiling fan will often result in a better deal. If you need a light fixture, consider purchasing a fan the comes with a light and a wall control (or remote control). The all-in-one ceiling fan route gets you a sleeker light, a more convenient control, and will often be slightly less expensive than putting all 3 pieces together for a customized fan. Purchasing a ceiling fan from a hardware store will probably be cheaper than a ceiling fan specialty store, but most hardware stores don't run any of their fans and you have no idea how each fan feels. Most of the staff have limited knowlege when it comes to ceiling fans. Purchasing from a ceiling fan specialty store will give you the opportunity to actually feel the fan before you buy it and you will be able to work with a professional with significantly more product knowledge. We hope that helps and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
From a basic ceiling fan, you can add on a light fixture. There are open-bowl lights, sealed dome lights, and multi-bulb lights. Some fans include a light fixture. You can add on a wall control or a remote control to any fan that includes a light fixture. Remote controls give you the ability to control the fan and light without having to go to the middle of the room and pull on chains. When you see a fan without pullchain, that usually means that the fan comes with an electronic wall control or a handheld remote control. Even though these fans look alike, the price and performance vary greatly. You get what you pay for. Ceiling fans are no different. Cheap fans have smaller motors, are weaker, and will not cool you very well. Higher priced fans from established brands like Casablanca and Emerson will come with larger, stronger motors, and higher quality materials. Paying more for a quality ceiling fan will result in a product that lasts longer and provides significantly more cooling. Buying an all-in-one ceiling fan will often result in a better deal. If you need a light fixture, consider purchasing a fan the comes with a light and a wall control (or remote control). The all-in-one ceiling fan route gets you a sleeker light, a more convenient control, and will often be slightly less expensive than putting all 3 pieces together for a customized fan. Purchasing a ceiling fan from a hardware store will probably be cheaper than a ceiling fan specialty store, but most hardware stores don't run any of their fans and you have no idea how each fan feels. Most of the staff have limited knowlege when it comes to ceiling fans. Purchasing from a ceiling fan specialty store will give you the opportunity to actually feel the fan before you buy it and you will be able to work with a professional with significantly more product knowledge. We hope that helps and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
From a basic ceiling fan, you can add on a light fixture. There are open-bowl lights, sealed dome lights, and multi-bulb lights. Some fans include a light fixture. You can add on a wall control or a remote control to any fan that includes a light fixture. Remote controls give you the ability to control the fan and light without having to go to the middle of the room and pull on chains. When you see a fan without pullchain, that usually means that the fan comes with an electronic wall control or a handheld remote control. Even though these fans look alike, the price and performance vary greatly. You get what you pay for. Ceiling fans are no different. Cheap fans have smaller motors, are weaker, and will not cool you very well. Higher priced fans from established brands like Casablanca and Emerson will come with larger, stronger motors, and higher quality materials. Paying more for a quality ceiling fan will result in a product that lasts longer and provides significantly more cooling. Buying an all-in-one ceiling fan will often result in a better deal. If you need a light fixture, consider purchasing a fan the comes with a light and a wall control (or remote control). The all-in-one ceiling fan route gets you a sleeker light, a more convenient control, and will often be slightly less expensive than putting all 3 pieces together for a customized fan. Purchasing a ceiling fan from a hardware store will probably be cheaper than a ceiling fan specialty store, but most hardware stores don't run any of their fans and you have no idea how each fan feels. Most of the staff have limited knowlege when it comes to ceiling fans. Purchasing from a ceiling fan specialty store will give you the opportunity to actually feel the fan before you buy it and you will be able to work with a professional with significantly more product knowledge. We hope that helps and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

From a basic ceiling fan, you can add on a light fixture.  There are open-bowl lights, sealed dome lights, and multi-bulb lights.  Some fans include a light fixture. Uplights (lights on the top of a fan that illuminate the ceiling) are available on some fans, but are not as common. 

From a basic ceiling fan, you can add on a light fixture. There are open-bowl lights, sealed dome lights, and multi-bulb lights. Some fans include a light fixture.
sealed dome light fixture
3-bulb light fixture

You can add on a wall control or a remote control to just about any ceiling fan.  Remote controls give you the ability to control the fan and light without having to go to the middle of the room and pull on chains. 

When you see a fan without pullchain, that usually means that the fan comes with a wall control or a handheld remote control. 

slide-style fan speed control
slide-style fan speed control
fan/light wall control
handheld remote control

Even though many ceiling fans look alike, the price and performance vary greatly.  You get what you pay for.  Ceiling fans are no different.  Cheap fans have smaller motors, are weaker, and will not cool you very well.  Higher priced fans from established brands like Casablanca and Emerson will come with larger, stronger motors, and higher quality materials.  Paying more for a quality ceiling fan will result in a product that lasts longer and provides significantly more cooling. 

Buying an all-in-one ceiling fan will often result in a better deal. If you need a light fixture, consider purchasing a fan the comes with a light and a wall control (or remote control).  The all-in-one ceiling fan route gets you a sleeker light, a more convenient control, and will often be slightly less expensive than putting all 3 pieces together for a customized fan. 

Purchasing a ceiling fan from a hardware store will probably be cheaper than a ceiling fan specialty store, but most hardware stores don’t run any of their fans and you have no idea how each fan feels.  Most of the staff have limited knowlege when it comes to ceiling fans.  Purchasing from a ceiling fan specialty store will give you the opportunity to actually feel the fan before you buy it and you will be able to work with a professional with significantly more product knowledge. 

We will continue this article series and talk about how to determine the correct fan size for your room, how to deal with high ceilings, and other tips that will help you select the right fan for your home or business.

We hope this helps and look forward to seeing you again in the future. 

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