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Ceiling Fans & Accessories Buying Guide

Ceiling fans offer a refreshing breeze on hot days, and they allow you to reduce the use of your air-conditioner to save money on electricity. This buying guide can help you figure out the differences between models and find the fan that's right for your space -- whether it's indoors or out. 

Types of Ceiling Fans

Types of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans fall into two basic categories: indoor models and outdoor models (which are also ideal for bathrooms or other high-humidity locations). Some fans can be mounted close to the ceiling, offering extra headroom in spaces with low ceilings. Once you know where you'll install your ceiling fan (and how high the ceiling is in that room), you'll be well on your way to finding the right fan for your space.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

These ceiling fans can be installed in interior locations and are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Many models also include a light kit (or can be outfitted with a light kit later). They typically have four blades (although they can have three or five), and can be installed with an extra-long downrod in a room with a tall or vaulted ceiling.

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Hunter Fan Company

Shop for Lighting & Fans at The Home Depot. The Hunter Discovery 48 in. Ceiling Fan features 5 reversible black/Black Moon and Sta...rs blades and a world globe design on the light fixture to create a fun, exciting look in a child's room. The fan's brushed-nickel finish adds a rich, traditional touch of style, and the high-performance motor and WobbleFree canopy provide optimal balance and a whisper-quiet performance. The fan comes with two 60-Watt bulbs and can be installed standard, flush or angled. read more

Hunter Fan Company

Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! To get up to 47% savings on cooling costs, simply add the Hunter Markham ...52 in. Indoor Ceiling Fan. With its classic style and whisper-quiet operation, this ceiling fan is designed to work beautifully in any room. It comes in select finish options, has five reversible blades, and features an easy pull chain to adjust the speed or turn it on and off. Blurb: What is an ENERGY STAR product?This product has earned the ENERGY STAR rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products. These products meet strict guidelines and can help you save up to a third on energy bills compared to like products without an ENERGY STAR rating. ENERGY STAR products saved about $14 billion in 2006 alone, and their numbers are growing exponentially in product categories. This ENERGY STAR product has met criteria that will save energy, money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An excellent choice.About Hunter FanHunter Fan traces its origins back to 1886 when John Hunter and his son, James Hunter, maked the first water-driven celling fan in upstate New York. Today the company blends 19th century craftsmanship with innovative designs and technology to make fans of unmatched quality, style, and performance. Hunter Fans now has offices in three countries and retail outlets around the world. Hunter Fans offers style, comfort, and health for you and your family. Their fans are handcrafted from the finest materials to last a lifetime. Hunter ceiling fans function perfectly and always deliver proven performance. They also offers air purifiers and humidifiers to make a truly healthy environment for your family. Hunter fans are as beautiful as they are whisper-quiet and efficient. read more

Hunter Fan Company

Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! Whisper-quiet and classically styled, the Hunter Hudson 42 in. Indoor Cei...ling Fan keeps your room cool in style. This ceiling fan has a traditional look with five reversible blades and comes in your choice of available finish options. Its easy pull chain turns it on and off and adjusts the fan speed. About Hunter FanHunter Fan traces its origins back to 1886 when John Hunter and his son, James Hunter, maked the first water-driven celling fan in upstate New York. Today the company blends 19th century craftsmanship with innovative designs and technology to make fans of unmatched quality, style, and performance. Hunter Fans now has offices in three countries and retail outlets around the world. Hunter Fans offers style, comfort, and health for you and your family. Their fans are handcrafted from the finest materials to last a lifetime. Hunter ceiling fans function perfectly and always deliver proven performance. They also offers air purifiers and humidifiers to make a truly healthy environment for your family. Hunter fans are as beautiful as they are whisper-quiet and efficient. read more

Hunter Fan Company

Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! Add a woodsy accent to any office or bedroom with the rustic design of th...e Casablanca 60 in. Fellini Indoor Ceiling Fan. This home accessory includes five hand-carved fan blades that come in a stunning aged oak finish. Each blade features a 60-inch blade span and a 13-degree blade pitch. The 188x25mm motor adjusts up to 3 speeds by remote control with reversing and dimming functions.About Casablanca Fan CompanyQuality permeates every aspect of the Casablanca Fan Company - from their exceptional ceiling fans to their dedicated customer service team. Founded in 1974 when businessman Burton A. Burton created a belt-driven ceiling fan for commercial use, Casablanca Fan Company quickly established itself as a leading manufacturer of premium ceiling fans. Today, Casablanca continues its commitment to quality through its innovative marketing, meticulous attention to detail, and top-quality components. A fan from Casablanca is a fan with classic appeal that provides comfort and beauty year after year. read more

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

These fans are UL-rated for damp or wet locations and can be used outdoors. They feature water-resistant shielding around electrical components, stainless-steel screws and hardware, and a weather- and UV-resistant coating on the exposed parts of the fan. A damp-rated fan can be used on covered porches or other areas not directly exposed to rain, while unprotected areas require a wet-rated fan.

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Hunter Fan Company
$169.99
at Target

Find ceiling fans at Target.com! The bayview ceiling fan offers rich, tropical styling. Designed to install easily and perform bea...utifully for years. Ul damp-listed for outdoor locations. The installer?s choice 3-position mounting system and downrod mounting lets you hang it any way you choose. Hunter's whisperwind outdoor motor assures powerful, whisper-quiet operation. read more

Craftmade

Craftmade, K10430, Ceiling Fans,Brown, Outdoor Patio Fan, Fans, Outdoor Ceiling Fans Craftmade K10430 Outdoor Patio Fan Ceiling Fa...n Unipack - 5 Blades and Light Kit IncludedThe Craftmade Patio Fan is U.L. listed for wet locations.Craftmade K10430 Fan Features:Fan Model #: OPXL52BRMotor: Heavy-Duty, 3 Speed Non-Reversible MotorDownrods: 2" And 6" Downrods (Included)Warranty: 30 Year Limited WarrantyRemotes: Not AvailableEnergy Star: NoMotor Size (MM): 188x15Amps (High Speed): 0.7Watts (High Speed): 71Rpm (Hi-Med-Low): 210-120-78Weight: 33.835Airflow (Cubic Ft/Min): 6131Electricity Use: 71 WattsAirflow Efficiency (Cubic Ft/Min/Watt): 85Item Length (in): 20.39Item Width (in): 10.79Item Height Or Extension (in): 10.24Item Weight (lbs): 16.94Suitable for Wet LocationsCraftmade K10430 Blades:Blade Model #: B552S-OBRBlade Type: Type 3Extra Shipping Box: Blades In Box With FanBlade Finish: OBR - BrownNumber Of Blades: 5Blade Length: 52"Blade Pitch: 14-Item Length (in): 21.26Item Width (in): 11.61Item read more

Hunter Fan Company
$169.99
at Target

Find ceiling fans at Target.com! Turn your porch into a breezy island retreat with the hunter bayview outdoor ceiling fan. This 54...-inch ceiling fan is damp-rated for use in covered, outdoor areas like porches, patios and sunrooms. Five antique dark palm leaf-shaped blades give this elegant outdoor fan a tropical resort feel. All hunter fans are built with high-performance, whisperwind motors, designed to last and run no louder than the softest whisper. Easy to install and assemble, this outdoor ceiling fan comes with a 3-position mounting system that lets you hang it standard, flush or angled. Select from 3 available speeds with the handy pull chain. read more

Ceiling Fan Designers

Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! The Ceiling Fan Designers Flaming Soccer Balls Indoor Ceiling Fan is perf...ect for any game room, man cave, or soccer player's bedroom. Black blades with flame-engulfed soccer balls gives it style. This ceiling fan and light kit combo comes in your choice of size: 42-inch with 4 blades or 52-inch with 5. The blades are reversible so you get the color-rich, soccer ball design on one side and white on the other. It has a powerful yet quiet 120-volt, 3-speed motor with easy switch for year-round comfort. The 42-inch fan includes a schoolhouse-style white glass shade and requires one 60-watt candelabra bulb (not included). The 52-inch fan has three alabaster glass shades and requires three 60-watt candelabra bulbs (included). Your ceiling fan includes a 15- to 30-year manufacturer's warranty (based on size). read more

Low-Profile Ceiling Fan

Also called flush-mount ceiling fans or ceiling huggers, these models are installed flush with the ceiling instead of hanging from a downrod. They are ideal for rooms with ceilings of less than 8 feet.

Product Features

Product Features

Product Features Intro Text (100 words): When shopping for a ceiling fan, look for features that will enhance convenience and make the fan easier to operate (such as remote controls or wall-mount controls). For year-round use, you'll want to choose a fan that can circulate warm air during winter months. Manufacturers offer a wide array of choices in terms of fan blade style and finishes, so it should be easy to find a fan that suits the style of your room.

Reversible Fan Blades

Some models feature blades with a different design on each side, so you can turn the blades over to give the fan a new look.

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Hunter Fan Company
$160.98 $354.60
at Wayfair

Finish: Antique Pewter with Black/Cherry Blades Hunter Fans 52" Sonora 5 Reversible Blade Ceiling Fan Features of Ceiling Fan: Fiv...e blade ceiling fan with light kit, Sonora collection. Includes 5, 52'' blades and frosted bowl light kit. Can be installed without light kit, Quiet and powerful WhisperWind motor. Three position mounting system. Manufacturer lifetime motor limited warranty Features: -Energy Star rated.-Downrod.-Basic fan/light remote control.-Basic on/off for fan/light.-Illuminated LED activation.-Receiver fits inside canopy.-Designed for use with all fans except hunter original.-Works with fluorescent light kits.-ccommodates: 1x22W compact fluorescent bulb (included).-NOTE: Ceiling Fans are not universal. Warranty is void if products from two different manufacturers are combined. Energy Guide Information.-Rated for 1.0 amps, light 300 watt.-Product Air Flow: 5680 Cubic Feet Per Minute.-Air Flow Efficiency: 75 Cubic Feet Per Minute Per Watt.-Collection: Sonora.-Motor Finish: 1: Bronze.-M read more

Fanimation

Satin nickel finish. Reversible cherry/walnut blades. Limited lifetime warranty. Four speed wall control included. 6 downroad incl...uded. 14 degree blade pitch. 54 blade span. read more

Fanimation

Oil rubbed bronze finish motor. Reversible cherry/walnut blades. 54 blade span. 14 degree blade pitch. Limited lifetime warranty. ...Opal frosted light kit. Takes two 60 watt candleabra bulbs(included) C24 remote control included. Fan height 19.25 ceiling to light kit (with 6 downrod). 6 downrod included. read more

Fanimation

Satin nickel finish. Reversible cherry/walnut blades. Limited lifetime warranty. Four speed wall control included. 6 downroad incl...uded. 14 degree blade pitch. 54 blade span. read more

Remote-Control Operation

Some models come with a remote control, so you can turn on the fan and light and control fan speed from your bed or favorite chair.

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Yosemite Home Decor
$57.60 $94.00
at Wayfair

Yosemite Home Decor 4.75" Remote Control with Receiver for Ceiling Fan in White Features: -Remote control with receiver for ceilin...g fan.-3 Speed setting.-Holding down the light button dims up and down.-Specifications: Remote is compatible with the following Yosemite Home Decor Ceiling Fan Models: Model #5BD52, ASHLEY, CALIFORNIA BREE, HURRICANE, ISLAND BREEZE W, SHARON, TROPICAL BREEZE.-White finish.-Product Type: Fan Controls.-Mounting: Wall Mounted Remote.-Finish: White.Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 4.75'' H x 2'' W x 1'' D.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.75.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 2.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 1.-Overall Product Weight: 1.Warranty: -Specifications: Manufacturer provides limited lifetime warranty. CANOPY REMOTE read more

NationalBuilderSupply.com

Ceiling Fan Remote Control by Kichler. Available in Other Finishes Features Fixture Extension:Fan Warranty: UPC: 783927318822

Walmart

Hi/medium/low fan speeds plus an instant off button Full range light dimmer Easy installation, compact receiver fits in canopy Ope...rating distance up to 40 feet Works with all 42 and 52 down rod fans mounted in downrod, flush, or vaulted position read more

Craftmade International Inc

Shop for Controls from Hayneedle.com! About CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior qua...lity ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell Texas Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the "Top 200 Best Small Companies in America" by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest "Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans." The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

Automatic Temperature Control

Fans with this feature speed up or slow down depending on room temperature, helping to improve energy efficiency and ensure adequate circulation.

Reverse Switch

This switch allows you to use the fan during colder months as well as summer months. In the winter, ceiling fans can help bring warm air (which naturally rises) down into the living space.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You can find ceiling fans that cost less than $50, or spend several hundred dollars on a fan. The price reflects the quality of construction, which in turn can affect noise level and performance. Regardless of how much you want to spend on a ceiling fan, you'll need to choose a fan size that suits the size of your room and make sure the space is free of obstacles. Depending on how tall the ceiling is, you may need to purchase optional mounting accessories or look for a fan that's designed for shorter ceilings. Here are a few things to think about before purchasing a ceiling fan.

Size

It's important to choose a fan size that suits the size of the room in which it will be installed -- a fan that's too big will blow around too much air, while a fan that's too small will not cool the space effectively. Fan size is determined by measuring straight across from blade tip to blade tip. In general, 52-inch fans are best for rooms 225-400 square feet, a 42- or 44-inch fan is best for a room that's 100-225 square feet, and a 30-inch fan is best for a room that's less than 100 square feet.

Placement

When measuring for your ceiling fan, keep in mind that the tips of the fan blades should be at least 18 inches from the wall to ensure adequate clearance. If you're installing the fan in your kitchen, make sure open cabinet doors will not get in the way of moving fan blades. If you're planning to put a ceiling fan in a bedroom, it's best to install it above the foot of the bed. In living areas, place the fan in the middle of the room, near where people gather.

Installation

The optimum placement for a ceiling fan is 8-9 feet above the floor. A fan should never be installed so that its blades are less than 7 feet above the floor. Most fans are installed with a short downrod, but if your ceilings are more than 9 feet high, you'll need to use a longer downrod to bring your fan closer to the floor. If your ceiling is sloped at an angle greater than 30 degrees, you'll need to use a sloped-ceiling adapter or a vaulted-ceiling adapter. If your ceiling is just shy of 8 feet, look for a low-ceiling adapter that can raise the fan a few inches.

Noise Level/Performance

Typically fans with a higher-quality motor will be quieter. Motors range from 1/60 to 1/3 horsepower; higher-powered motors produce more air and aren't likely to overheat. Look for a motor with sealed bearings that don't need to be oiled. You may also want to choose a fan with a rubber flywheel, which helps stabilize the fan and reduce noise. Energy-Star qualified models help move air more efficiently.

Style

Ceiling fans are available in a wide array of styles and finishes to match the decor of your room. For a cohesive look, choose a finish that complements finishes on other fixtures and hardware in the room. Or opt for a fan that's the same color as the ceiling to help the fan blend in with its surroundings.

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Kichler

Gorgeous modern style designed especially for large outdoor areas. The Kichler Cameron Outdoor Ceiling Fan features five curvaceou...s ABS blades with a 52" total blade sweep. Includes a basic function CoolTouch Control System to control fan speeds and... read more

Cameron Ceiling Fan by Kichler by Kichler - Etched Cased Opal - Brushed Nickel with Walnut - 310104NI
Murray Feiss
$380.00 $570.00
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Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! The Monte Carlo 5BR52RBD Burnet 52 in. Outdoor Ceiling Fan - Roman Bronze... has a Arts and Crafts design and is designed for outdoor use -- perfect for adding light and airflow to your outdoor living space. This 52-inch ceiling fan has five fan blades with a 12-degree pitch for maximum air movement and features a 3-light fixture. It has a premium power induction motor that is whisper quiet and uses a pull chain to operate the 3-speed reversible fan motor and light. The body is finished in classic powder-coated Roman Bronze to match the American Walnut grain ABS blades, and matte opal glass shade. The light on this ceiling fan requires three 40-watt candelabra base blubs. About the Monte Carlo Fan CompanyThe Monte Carlo Fan Company works hard to present you with a huge variety of superior-quality ceiling fans. From traditional or understated to ornately decorative or uniquely modern, these fans are both trend-inspired and timeless and are the per read more

Monte Carlo 5BR52RBD Burnet 52 in. Outdoor Ceiling Fan - Roman Bronze - 5BR52RBD
Murray Feiss
$290.00 $435.00
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Shop for Ceiling Fans and Components from Hayneedle.com! The Monte Carlo 5WS52RBD-L Weather star 52 in. Outdoor Ceiling Fan - Roma...n Bronze cools your outdoor living area in high style. This 52-inch ceiling fan has three speeds and features a quiet premium power induction motor that is precision balanced for wobble-free operation. The body has an all-weather Roman bronze finish to match the American walnut blades and tea stain mission glass shade. This ceiling fan adds light to your area with a light kit that requires two 40-watt candelabra base bulbs, included. About the Monte Carlo Fan CompanyThe Monte Carlo Fan Company works hard to present you with a huge variety of superior-quality ceiling fans. From traditional or understated to ornately decorative or uniquely modern, these fans are both trend-inspired and timeless and are the perfect way to add comfort and style to your home's decor. Due in part to the efforts and design standards of the Monte Carlo team, ceiling fans have become read more

Monte Carlo 5WS52RBD-L Weatherstar 52 in. Indoor / Outdoor Ceiling Fan - Roman Bronze - 5WS52RBD-L
Craftmade International Inc
$58.99 $79.99
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Shop for Exhaust Fans from Hayneedle.com! Keep things fresh in your bathroom with the attractive Craftmade TFV70-BZ Bronze Ceiling... Mount Bathroom Fan.FeaturesLow-profile plastic polymer grille with bronze finishMotor is easy to install or removePermanently lubricated motor with precision balanced impellerBuilt-in junction box for easy wiring4-inch duct adapter includedFan: 70 CFM, 3.5 sones; .7 ampsTrim dimensions: 8.625L x 8.625W x 2.0D inchesRough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 4.125D inchesStandard wattage: 40WAbout CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell, Texas, Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest, Craftmade has earned a reputati read more

Craftmade TFV70-BZ Bronze Ceiling Mount Bathroom Fan - TFV70-BZ
Horchow
$279.90 $460.00
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Bronze Outdoor Ceiling FanDetailsMade of metal and plastic with a bronze finish and glass globe.Designed to withstand conditions i...n covered outdoor areas. 52"Dia. blade sweep. 26.5"T. Imported. read more

Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Horchow
$484.90 $696.00
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Angelique Ceiling FanDetailsMade of metal and resin. Hand-painted, antiqued verdigris finish.Hardware and ceiling canopy included.... Imported.Boxed weight, approximately 35.4 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional delivery and processing charges. read more

Angelique Ceiling Fan
Neiman Marcus
$485.00 $675.00
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Angelique Ceiling FanDetailsMade of metal and resin. Hand-painted, antiqued verdigris finish. Hardware and ceiling canopy included.... Imported. Boxed weight, approximately 35. 4 lbs. read more

Angelique Ceiling Fan
Casa Vieja
$69.95 $99.99
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Let the White Knight ceiling fan refresh your home with its slim profile. 52" blade span and an efficient 3-speed motor provide th...e refreshing power. White finish motor housing with matching white 13 degree pitch blades. A 4 1/2" downrod is included. Lifetime motor warranty. From the Casa Vieja White Knight collection. White finish motor and blades. Lifetime motor warranty. Pull chain operated. 4 1/2" downrod included. Fan height 10 1/2" blade to ceiling. Canopy is 5 1/4" wide, 2 1/2" high. 52" blade span. 13 degree blade pitch. read more

52" White Knight Ceiling Fan
Savoy House

Follow the Polaris toward forward-thinking design. The Savoy House Polaris Ceiling Fan provides excellent airflow for larger kitch...ens, bedrooms and living rooms and is available in two distinct styles for both modern and transitional spaces. Includes a wall mounted remote control with 3 forward/reverse speeds. Savoy House, headquartered in Braselton, Georgia, celebrates the uniqueness of today's decor styles by designing and manufacturing an extensive selection of high-quality ceiling fans and lighting fixtures for discerning homeowners. read more

Polaris Ceiling Fan by Savoy House by Savoy House - Satin Nickel with Silver - 52-417-3SV-SN
Monte Carlo

The thin metal grill over the White Opal glass shade of the Monte Carlo Morton Ceiling Fan isn't the only place it gets its unique... combination of industrial and turn-of-the-century style. The horseshoe-like arms that hold the blades contribute their own rustic flair to a fan that's certain to catch the eye of passers-by. The fact that it keeps them cool as well can almost be considered an afterthought to its unique design. The Monte Carlo Fan Company combines style, technology, and design to offer a diverse and comprehensive product line. read more

Morton Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans by Monte Carlo Fans - Oil Can with Driftwood and Mahogany - 5MB52OND
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