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Guide to Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans

Find out more about Ceiling Fans

The introduction of ceiling fans as we know them today took place over 100 years ago when the first water powered fans and soon after the first electric fans were introduced. The success of the fans was massive and today the ceiling fan industry is thriving, especially in areas with a warm climate.

Today’s ceiling fans have become a real statement of style as well as an extremely useful appliance, and are just as popular in private houses as they are in public areas such as shopping centers, bars and restaurants. The range of designs and styles is massive and there exists a fan for virtually everybody’s tastes, and increasingly, budget too.

The typical price for a ceiling fan is around $200- $350 although you can pay over three times this amount for a top of the range model or as little as $40 or so for a budget fan. Most ceiling fans these days come equipped with a light as well and most of the ones that don’t are light kit compatible which means that you can buy a light from the same manufacturer as your fan at a later date if you decide you need one. However, not all models support ceiling fan light kits and you can’t just buy any old light, the light itself must be able to fit your ceiling fan.

When choosing a ceiling fan there are many considerations that you need to make. First of all you need to think about how you are going to power the fan. Will you power it through your existing light fixture (ideal if its in the center of the room), or will you need to create a new circuit? Will your circuit support a fan and a light without becoming overloaded? What size fan will you need? The bigger your room the larger the fan you will need. If your ceiling is low you might consider hugger ceiling fans, which take up less space by keeping the fan closer to the ceiling. There are regulations as to how low a fan can be placed, you should check locally for more detailed information regarding this issue.

In terms of style, most of the major fan companies produce traditional style ceiling fans, transitional fans and contemporary ceiling fans.

Some companies also produce period fans, novelty fans and child ceiling fans. These tend to be brightly colored and often have a theme of some sort, for instance the Warbird fans made by Craftmade which are designed to look like a propeller engine from a Warbird plane. To go with current stylistic trends, contemporary fans tend to be very sleek and minimalist in design. Usually they have only three or four blades rather than the more common 5 blade designs usually found on traditional ceiling fans.