From minimalist to modern to classy extravagant looking ones, ceiling fans come in a wide variety of designs, types, and sizes. One would even think why ceiling fans are still extremely popular despite having more types and kinds of air-conditioners and air coolers nowadays.
The answer would be quite simple – ceiling fans provide the much-needed coolness and warmth regardless of the season by simply directing which way the fan should go and are way more energy efficient than everything else.
In addition, ceiling fans have long been favored by interior designers as they are one of the selected few appliances and/or furniture that serve double duties. They work efficiently as a ceiling fan in itself bringing utmost convenience yet the chosen design also doubles as a focal point of interest in the room.
To top all these great features of ceiling fans, most of the recent models today are much more energy efficient, therefore, helping users even save more energy while adding comfort and beauty to the home.
Ceiling fans are enormously popular in America and not without a reason! They function great as slow moving cooling fans, are energy efficient and don’t make a lot of noise like air conditioning units. There are many manufacturers that fabricate ceiling fans. Some of the most sold fans are from Westinghouse, Hunter, Harbor Breeze, Minka Aire, Kichler, Hampton Bay, Craftmade, Monte Carlo. Find the overview of brands of ceiling fans here.
Basically, ceiling fans are categorized into two – indoor and outdoor ceiling fans. This is for the basic reason that some fans are meant to be used inside the home far from many environmental and outdoor factors while some are created to be able to withstand such factors and be freely used outdoors without any problems or concerns. Generally, indoor fans cost less. Let us discuss more about these two categories and the types of ceiling fans under each category.
Bluetooth Ceiling Fans
Yes, there now are ceiling fans that can be operated through the Bluetooth capability of your smartphone. As some of the brands who have introduced this say, “Smartphones meet smart fans”. There are several fans that come with this feature but they are also now offering the ceiling fan control separately.
This type is said to work great with any three-speed pull chain fan with an AC motor and manual reverse switch. Some of the brands that are known to have these features or at least compatible with Bluetooth additional devices are Casablanca, Emerson, Hunter, Harbor Breeze, Hampton Bay, Westinghouse, GE, Minka Aire, and Craftmade.
A single smartphone can even handle more than one ceiling fan for as long as there is a Bluetooth receiver installed on every ceiling fan in the home.
Flushmount Ceiling Fans
Also known as hugger and low profile,
Usually, the fan blades of flushmount ceiling fans are between 6-10 inches from the ceiling compared to the normal measurement of 12-14 inches. This type is especially for those who live in buildings with low ceiling building codes.
Flushmount ceiling fans are notorious for lack of airflow because of the shorter distance of the blades from the ceiling. The recommendation here is to find one that has the best design and quality than the traditional flush-mounted ceiling fans in order to better move the air.
Best examples are Modern Fan Velo Hugger, Matthews Fan Co. Atlas Irene Hugger 5 Blade 52”, Modern Fan Cirrus Hugger, Modern Fan Gusto Hugger, and Fanimation Celano.
Transitional Ceiling Fans
This type is a crossover from between the traditional and the contemporary ceiling fan styles, hence, its name. These feature smooth lines that are less geometric than contemporary but more up-to-date compared to the traditional ones. As a result, this type can be used on both traditional and contemporary designed rooms.
The most popular one among the many designs of transitional ceiling fans remains to be the one with built-in uplight. Great examples of this type are Emerson Carrera Grande that comes in various beautiful colors and the Montecarlo St. Ives 54.
Contemporary Ceiling Fans
Contemporary ceiling fans totally complement modern interior designs of homes today as it features neutral colors with quite modern finishing styles. Thus, this usually is a first-rate choice for those who want a functional conversation piece that is not over the top and at the same time offer the comfort of moving air better.
Experts usually choose this for rooms that have low vertical clearances. Examples of which are Montecarlo Turbine, Quorum Daystar, Modern Fan Pensi, Modern Fan Velo, Kichler 42” Rivetta II, and Montecarlo Minimalist.
Traditional Ceiling Fans
These are famous for their traditional and elegant designs. Formerly regarded as boring, this type now comes with a variety of classical accents. However, they remain an economical way to move air and regulate temperature of rooms.
This is best used for spaces with limited ceiling clearance. Best designs of traditional ceiling fans are Montecarlo Maxima 54, Savoy House Indra 55”, Hunter Outdoor Original Individual Elements, Hunter Original, and Emerson Premium Select.
Large, Oversized Ceiling Fans
This includes the large diameter ceiling fans with 60, 72, and 80-inch blade spans making them absolutely perfect for extremely large rooms with high ceilings. More than providing comfort, they can also act as a design or fashion statement in the room given its large size and style.
However, what you have to remember with large, oversized ceiling fans are that the larger the span of the blade is, the slower the blades are bound to spin mainly because of the heavier weight and larger size.
Experts normally recommend just the 52-inch ceiling fans for large rooms but again, this would depend on the actual size of the room. Examples of beautiful but functional large, oversized ceiling fans are the Monte