Every American trying to update their home should really consider a ceiling fan as one of their new additions. Perhaps the most convincing reason to get a ceiling fan for your home is that ceiling fans are great alternatives to central heating and air conditioning which save you money and are better for the environment. Ceiling fans also look nice. You have to know what you are looking for and how to pick the right one, however. They differ widely in terms of performance and design.

Nowadays, the vast majority of devices also come with lighting included, making fans more aesthetic elements of your home that can add both brightness and sophistication to any room. The below guide was made to give you all of the information you will need to purchase the best fan for you and your needs. Let’s begin.

Key Facts

  • As ceiling fans have progressed technologically, new features like remote controls and reverse settings have been added to them, providing more convenience, as well as year round use.
  • Before selecting a fan, it is important to take stock of all the unique technical specifications each one offers. For instance, you are likely going to want something different for decorating a living room as opposed a small guestroom.
  • The trickiest part of buying and enjoying your fan is the installation. If you know your way around basic tools and feel comfortable on a ladder, you won’t need to hire out. If you aren’t, or don’t, then you might want to consider calling a pro.

Our Selection: The Best Ceiling Fans on the U.S. Market

There is a wide range of ceiling fans on the U.S. market. The different prices and features will determine what you ultimately decide to purchase. Below we have put together a great selection of five of the best fans out there, so you can choose something that is right for you and your space. Pay close attention to the unique specifications of each.

Hunter Fan Company – Deluxe 5-Blade Single Light Ceiling Fan

Hunter Fan Company is one of the most trusted names in ceiling fans in the United States. Its Deluxe 5-Blade Single Light Ceiling Fan is a 53 inch indoor ceiling fan featuring Brazilian Cherry Wood and stained oak blades. The piped coffee glass light bowl gives off a soft, luxurious light that is great in any room of the house. It comes with 60 watt candelabra bulbs included, as well as two 6.5 watt dimmable energy-efficient bulbs that provide ambiance to any space.

The fan also comes with three and two-inch down rods to make sure the fan is adequate distance from the ceiling, giving you the best air movement possible at whatever blade height you desire. This product is also available in white and brushed nickel. The pull chain lets you quickly turn the fan on and off, as well as adjust the speed. One of the unique things about this ceiling fan is the 12 degree pitch of the blades designed to improve air movement.

Brightwatts – Energy Efficient 52 Inch LED Ceiling Fan

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For the price, it is hard to beat Brightwatts Energy Efficient 52 Inch LED Ceiling Fan, with its elegant white light casing and energy efficient bulbs. This fan is great for larger rooms (up to 400 square feet). One of the nice things about this ceiling fan is that you install either flush, or with standard mounting to suit the theme or decor of any individual room. Capable of delivering surprisingly powerful air movement, depending on the speed setting you choose, this is a great alternative to having energy-sucking air conditioning running all day and night long.

This is also a great fan to utilize in the winter, because it can be run in reverse, thereby moving warm air that has risen to the ceiling down towards the floor. Brightwatts has been making high quality ceiling fans for over three decades, and the know-how and craftsmanship really shows. The included light, while energy efficient, does a good job of brightening even large rooms. The standard 52-inch blades create strong, but pleasantly quiet airflow, so you will barely notice the fan is on at all.

Westinghouse Lighting – 48 Inch Brushed Nickel Indoor Ceiling Fan

Westinghouse Lighting is another well-established name in the ceiling fan market that has been producing popular, easy-to-use products for years. This is a two-blade fan – as opposed to the traditional four-blade – ideally suited for rooms with standard 8-foot ceilings and up to 12 x 12 feet. The 48 inch blades are slightly shorter than average 52 inch ones, but the alternating vertical and horizontal positioning is designed to produce maximum airflow. It comes with a reverse switch so it can be used in the winter to help move warm air from top to bottom.

It’s energy use is 55.5 watts without the light on at high speed, and the air efficiency on high speed is 83 cfm per watt. Westinghouse stands behind its products 100 per cent, so you get  a lifetime motor warranty when you buy this ceiling fan, and a two year warranty on all other parts. The silicon steel motor has a triple capacitor which creates powerful, but quite quiet circulation. This modern ceiling fan looks great in any modern home or apartment.

Harbor Breeze – Mazon 44 Inch Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Fan

For anyone familiar with ceiling fans, Harbor is most certainly a brand name worth taking notice of. Their Mazon 44 Inch Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan is a new model designed to look sleek and stylish in a modern home, apartment, or office. This is the perfect fan for smaller rooms. This product was designed with refined tastes in mind, and the high quality materials provide a quiet, and powerful air flow that makes any room instantly comfortable.

The dimmable LED light fixture that is included is energy-efficient and provides great light to any room. This item comes with an 18 watt bulb included so you are up and running right out of the package. The three speed motor has both normal and reverse functions for year-round usage. Best of all, it is controlled via remote (included), so you don’t even have to get up to change the direction or speed. It is quite easy to install, so even first time installers will find it intuitive and straightforward. Overall, a great, classy, high-tech fan.

Honeywell  Ceiling Fans – Xerxes Ceiling Fan

Honeywell is one of the most visible and recognized name in home appliances and electronics and their ceiling fans are definitely proceeded by the company’s reputation. The Xerxes Ceiling fan is a contemporary, large 62 inch fan that features 8 dual finished blades. The dimmable LED light is great for any room because you can pick and choose how bright or low-light you want it. Remote controlled, as well as compatible with Alexa and Google Home, this really is the fan of the future.

Reversible, and with three easy to modify speeds, this high powered, yet quiet fan provides fantastic airflow while not being invasive. If you want to put this in a smaller room, choose the low profile mount to ensure it is not getting in the way. This is a large fan that is best suited for larger rooms, so keep that in mind when purchasing. Like anything Honeywell, this product comes with the company’s lifetime warranty. Also available in brushed nickel.

Shopping Guide: Everything You Should Know About Ceiling Fans

If you want to control the climate of a room, there is really no better alternative than a good ceiling fan. You can also choose fans based on the lights they come with and give off, depending on the room they will go in. Fans are also just decorations in their own right that can be selected based on how they compliment the surrounding decor.

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Always consider minimum distances to the wall and ceiling when installing your ceiling fan.
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Why get a ceiling fan?

One of the most salient reasons to get a ceiling fan is the cost savings. With contemporary fans that have a reverse function, you can save on energy costs all year round. They are also nice standalone decorations that look great, and many come with light fixtures included, so they provide lighting to rooms in your home as well.

What defines a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans are fixed to the ceiling in different rooms and use blades to create air movement that heats or cools a room. Most are electrical and come with multiple speed settings.

Nowadays, most ceiling fans have an electric switch to reverse the rotation of the blades depending on the season.

Original ceiling fans first appeared in the United States in the 1860s. The original fans were water turbine-powered and had two blades. In the southern U.S. you can still find these models to this day.

What is the reverse function exactly?

The reverse function  allows you to use your ceiling fan all year round. By reversing the direction of the blades in the winter, you move warm air (which rises) back towards the floor, thus creating a more pleasant environment down below. The blades, therefore, turn clockwise during the colder months, and counterclockwise during the summer.

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Heating costs are one of the most notable costs for American households, which is why it pays to have a ceiling fan running in the winter instead of a much more energy-demanding central heating system.

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When are ceiling fans most useful?

Ceiling fans work best when it isn’t scorching outside and you don’t require air conditioning. Even if you have to keep your air conditioning on low, running a ceiling fan concurrently to make up the difference will still help you cut down on your energy consumption. While they don’t actually cool your room down, they do help create a refreshing air flow.

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“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.” Khalil Gibran.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ceiling fans?

These appliances are very practical: they contribute to the air circulation of a room and can add elegance to its decoration. Of course it is crucial that you choose a model that fits in your home’s style, but you should also learn about its advantages and disadvantages so that you’re not caught off-guard. We’ve listed them for you in the following table:

Advantages
  • Ventilation
  • Air conditioning
  • Decoration
  • The airflow generated by the fan drives away insects
Disadvantages
  • They cannot cool the air like an air conditioner

Can ceiling fans cool rooms?

The presence of a fan and the breeze it creates does change the apparent temperature of a room, but it won’t actually cool it down. We feel fresher when there is a fan in the room because of the convection and evaporation. Our body’s evaporation process is spurred by the air on our skin, which makes us feel fresher.

The original fan systems that used water motors could power a number of fans simultaneously. They were, therefore, quite popular in commercial establishments like restaurants, offices, and stores.

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Head injuries from ceiling fans in the United States while uncommon, do still happen, though they are usually not serious. Make sure your fan is sufficiently far away from your head when you install it. This is especially important for tall people.

How do modern ceiling fans turn on?

The variety of fans now on the U.S. market come with different methods of turning them on and off. When they first emerged, ceiling fans were controlled with a chain (still a common feature on man) that was pulled to turn it on and off. There are new methods that are standard on many modern fans. They include:

  • Chain or handle. The wall switch is left permanently on and two chains are used to control the power and the light. You can also set which of these functions you want to control via the wall switch. Only one can be controlled at a time, however.
  • Wall switch. You can also rely solely on the wall switch if you choose, which can be nice if the chain is quite far away.
  • Remote control only. To use this option you typically have to leave the wall switch on. Many remotes have a memory function, however, which allows the fan to remember the settings you were last using. If not, you simply turn the remote on again.
  • Combination of chains and remote control. To operate a fan this way you have to lean the chains turned on only when using the wall mounted switch. Or you can turn both on and use the remote. This is a common control method for fans that have lights as well.
Wood ceiling fan

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How high should a ceiling fan be placed?

If you have higher than normal ceilings, there are extensions you can purchase. Generally speaking a ceiling fan should be between 7.2 to 9 feet above the floor. This varies based on manufacturer, and most instructions will indicate how to position your fan.

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Always make sure you monitor kids around ceiling fans, especially in bedrooms where kids like to jump and play on beds. A ceiling fan can seriously injure a small child.

Are ceiling fans noisy?

The faster the blades turn, the noisier a fan tends to be. Fans with longer blades also tend to tread less noise because they don’t move as fast. More blades on a fan also promotes less noise, but requires more work from the motor. Many modern fans feature a DC motor, which are usually quite quiet.

What types of motor do ceiling fans have?

The more powerful the engine, the more air movement created. There are two kinds of motors found in ceiling fans: AC (alternate current) and DC (direct current). The former are cheaper but are prone to overheating. The latter are more technologically advanced, but more expensive. They are also much quieter and more energy efficient. Those two are really all you will find on the market.

White ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are not mere decorative items: they contribute to reducing energy consumption all year round.
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What fan diameter is the best for me?

The size of the room in which you are going to set up your fan will determine the diameter. Always keep in mind that larger models with larger, and more blades are quieter and more energy efficient, at the expense of speed. The following table lays out some space and diameter relationships for you:

Fan diameter Square feet of the space
At least 29.5 inches (in) Rooms up to 107.6 square feet
Less than 42 inches Rooms up to 140 square feet
Between 42.6 to 52 inches Rooms between 140 and 194 square feet
Over 52 inches Spaces over 193.5 square feet (up to 290.6 square feet or even 344.5 square feet, depending on the space)

What ceiling fan is best for bathrooms?

There are myriad options out there on the U.S. ceiling fan market, but you are going to want something different based on the room it will be installed in. For a living room, for instance, you have more options than the bathroom. In the bathroom, you should avoid fans with wooden blades because of the humidity. Wood ceiling fans should also not be placed outdoors. Steel is more appropriate here.

Shopping Criteria

There are a ton of fans on the U.S. market and you need to know how to select the right one for you. The below section will provide you with some important buying criteria to use to help you do just that. Whether you are looking for air conditioning, energy and money savings, or just an additional decoration, this information will help you get the perfect ceiling fan for your needs:

  • Size of the space
  • Type of lighting
  • Energy consumption
  • Speed
  • Material of the blades
  • Direction of rotation
  • Noise
  • Location of the device

Size of the space

To quickly revisit something we touched on earlier: you should always choose a quieter fan for bedrooms. You also need to take into account the square footage of a given room, as well as the ceiling height. As previously noted, longer blades create better air movement. Carefully consider this when shopping.

Type of lighting

Opt for LED when possible. These bulbs are more environmentally friendly and use less energy than old bulbs. There are generally three types of lights that come with fans. They are:

  • Spotlights. They have several points of light, so they are ideal if you want to add a little something to your room. They are also compatible with low consumption bulbs.
  • Recessed light fixtures. These really only offer one point of illumination and are best for creating mood. They tend to be low powered, with a max of 60 watts.
  • Lampshade lights. They usually feature three to four light spots, and you can choose between LED, low-energy and halogen bulbs.

Energy consumption

You’ll have to choose a ceiling fan with a maximum output of 60 watts unless you want your energy consumption to skyrocket. The consumption of these devices is much lower than air conditioner, but you should still be proactive. An additional feature to keep in mind are the light bulbs. They should be as low consumption as you can get.

Speed

Most ceiling fan come with three speed levels, the third one being noisier. Being able to adjust the speed means being able to control your environment. The pricier models have additional speed settings, but they might create more noise. Everything is to your discretion!

Material of the blades

You are likely only going to find three types of blade material out there: wood, metal, and plastic. Wood blades look great and are easily matched with most decor, but they can’t be placed everywhere because they are susceptible to humidity damage. Plastic, on the other hand, can turn yellow. Metal blades are versatile and simple to clean.

Direction of rotation

We have already explained the use of the inverse function present in certain modern ceiling fans. Not all fans come with this feature, but it is wise to opt for one that does so you can use it in every seasons. You will be happy you did!

Noise

The last section touches upon this, but there are some nuances to consider. Some people need to sleep in total darkness, while others want absolute silence. If you’re part of latter group, opt for a ceiling fan with longer blades and a DC motor for greater speed customization and a quieter experience.

Location of the device

You need to consider where you will install your appliance. If you are putting your ceiling fan outside, metal is best. Anywhere with potentially high humidity (kitchens and bathrooms) should avoid wood. Many manufacturers also give you spare parts.

Summary

Both practical and great looking, your home should have at least one ceiling fan. They help cut down on energy costs, and provide charm and character to any space. They are also affordable and much more environmentally friendly than air conditioners.

Now you have all of the necessary information to make a smart purchase. You know how to take into consideration room size, material, and reverse rotation functionality. If you want your ceiling fan to look great wherever you end up putting it, the unique design features will also come into play.

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