Ceiling Fans

Get the air moving with a ceiling fan

Despite ongoing technological advances in air conditioning and central air systems, most people still rely on trusty ceiling fans for year-round cooling in their homes. Ceiling fans can reduce energy costs, circulating air efficiently and allowing for higher thermostat settings during warm weather. Before making installations in your home, learn about the exciting updates that make ceiling fans a must-have for every room in the house.

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Ceiling Fan Designs

There are three types of indoor ceiling fans: hanging propeller models, directional fans and rotational fans. Hanging propeller is the traditional style with horizontally rotating blades and offers the most finishing options and the greatest affordability. Pricier directional fans are tilted so that the blades sit at an angle and can be pointed toward a particular part of the room. Rotational fans can accommodate both angled and horizontal rotation simultaneously; one or more directional fans are attached to a base that rotates them horizontally.

The least expensive traditional fans are as low as $40 and can exceed the mid-hundreds when loaded with features. Directional fans start at approximately $400, while rotational fans start at a steep $700.

Ceiling fans can have a variety of colors, finishes and blade styles to complement the decor of your rooms, including modern designs resembling art pieces. Bright colors and patterns are perfect for children's areas, while popular themed rooms incorporate blades shaped like palm fronds, baseball bats and flower petals, among other objects. Products can be practical and simple or delightfully ornate, with wood, powder coated, pewter, brass, gold, brushed nickel, copper and even wicker ceiling fans available.

Features

Nowadays, ceiling fans have improved motors and more precise adjustment to provide the most efficient performance. They can have lighting attached and may use either traditional pull chain controls or more advanced options, such as mounted wall fixtures, remotes or computerized controls. Ceiling fan lights can be either hanging (horizontal) or directional (at an angle) and may include dimmers for various light settings. Fan units are issued EnergyStar ratings, and separately purchased lights should also be EnergyStar compliant.

Many products include reverse motors that will allow the fan to circulate heat during colder weather, and higher-end units often feature automatic temperature adjustment to suit the needs of the room. For ultimate convenience, invest in a model with a ceiling fan remote so you can adjust the speed without leaving the comfort of your sofa or chair.

For a wide selection of inexpensive, quality products, the Home Depot line of Hampton Bay ceiling fans is a favorite choice among homeowners. Home Depot's ceiling fans lead the field in technological advancements, such as high-efficiency blades, and also include lifetime warranties. As the house brand, repairs and replacement parts for Hampton Bay ceiling fans are easy to find, and Home Depot prides itself on first-rate customer service.

Installation

Installing a ceiling fan is a fast DIY project. Mounting kits are often included with the fan, and you can usually connect the fan to an existing electrical box from a light fixture.

It is important to purchase the right size ceiling fan to accommodate the room, but be sure that there is ample room for the blades. If the ceiling is too low to install the fan at least 8 feet from the ground, opt for a flush-mount or close design. For a very high ceiling, use a downrod to lower the fan unit for easier access. For additional help or information, ask a salesperson at the place of purchase.

It may take some effort to get your ceiling fan up and running, but as soon as the job's done, you can enjoy the cool rewards of your work.