Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can light up a room and lower your heating and cooling costs.

Honeywell Ceiling Fans
Some of the better ceiling fans have adjustable speeds so you can accelerate or slow down the fan blades depending on the temperature in the room.Honeywell Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are one of the easiest ways to lower your energy bills and keep each room of the house at its optimal temperature. Even a single fan in one room can gently circulate air throughout an entire floor, helping that level of the house stay evenly cool and prevent air stagnation. Whether you are building a new home or just remodeling a single room, think about these ceiling-fan basics when it comes time to pick out lighting and electrical appliances.

Light Kit

Honeywell Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan with a light can illuminate a room and keep it cool at the same time.Honeywell Ceiling Fans

There are essentially two types of ceiling fans, those with a light kit and those without. A fan with a light kit is an excellent way to brighten the center of any room, especially if that space relies on an array of recessed lights in the four corners. Just make sure you have the ceiling height to accommodate the light kit, which can add another 8 to 10 inches of drop to your fan.

Remote Control

Hunter Dempsey
A fan with a remote control makes it easy to adjust the amount of light it broadcasts as well as the speed of the fan blades.Hunter Fan Company

A fan with a remote control makes it simple to adjust airflow and lighting from any place in the room. This is especially handy for those times when you may want the light on but not the fan, or vice versa, and would rather not have to stand under the fan yanking on bead chain or flipping toggle switches to decipher what component controls which function.

Flush-mount Fans

Harbor Breeze Fans
Flush-mounted fans don’t hang low from the ceiling and are a great solution if you don’t have a lot of headroom.Harbor Breeze

If you are concerned about ceiling height or need some extra headroom under a fan, look for a flush-mount unit that does not require an extension tube to mount. This style offers a significantly lower profile than traditional fans that can drop down more than a foot from ceiling height.

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