With summer on its way and stuffy indoor temperatures imminent, everyone that doesn’t already have one should be looking for the comfort of a home ceiling fan. Simple, charming and practical, their airflow will keep you cool, lower your energy bills and even be a surprising ally in the winter months, too.
Whether you’d like better air circulation in the bedroom, living room, or larger room, and a fan with or without lights or a remote, it can be tricky discerning which fits your needs, and your house, flawlessly. Our guide is here to help, plus, our top 10 buys from Amazon and eBay feature trusted brands from low to luxury prices, so we’re sure to cater to everyone’s budget.
So, let’s take a look at what factors we should consider when purchasing a ceiling fan. We’ll be looking at the dimensions of both the ceiling fan and the room you plan on installing it in, as well as lights, rotation type, and control methods.
The first, and most vital, point to consider is where you'll fit your ceiling fan. This is because to identify the size of the fan required, you need to know the square feet and height of your room. We’ll break this down into two smaller sections, height and size, and take a look at which fans are best for which type of room.
First off, let's take a look at the height of your room, as this will determine how long you need – or don’t need – the mount downrod of your fan to be. A downrod is the metal rod that extends from the ceiling bracket to the top of the fan.
For rooms with lower ceiling heights, say, 8 ft or less, you’ll require a flush mount which sits approximately 20-25 cm from the ceiling, otherwise it'll hang too low and pose a safety risk.
If the room height is 8-10 ft, most standard downrods of 21-35 cm will be fine, and if you have a very spacious room with even higher ceilings, you’ll need an extended downrod, which refers to any over 36 cm.
We’ll be putting the downrod size below each product, but a larger size won’t always come with every fan. However, it is possible, and relatively easy, to buy another rod and combine it with your fan of choice to get what you need.
Next, you'll need to know the square foot (sq ft) of the room to find the correct fan size, which is measured by diameter.
These recommendations are from Energy Star, a US company that provides information on ensuring the most efficient energy consumption for your home. Therefore, following these measurements will make sure you obtain the most efficient production of airflow.
Whether you want additional lighting or not primarily comes down to preference, and whether you already have ample natural lighting or satisfactory light fixtures in place within the room.
If this isn’t the case and the room could use a little boost, then you'll be pleased to hear there are plenty of fans on the UK market with an added light. Usually LED, halogen or fluorescent, you'll simply need to pick whichever you prefer, or which matches the rest of your home.
Another good feature to look out for, particularly in the UK, is the option to reverse the fan's direction.
During the summer months, it's preferable to have the blade moving in a counterclockwise direction, as this creates a 'down and out' movement which will push the hot air away and keep you cool.
When the cooler months arrive, the ability to switch to a clockwise direction will allow the fan to redistribute the hot air that has gathered near the ceiling, helping to eliminate cold spots and drafts.
How do you want to wield your new breezy power? There are generally 3 options:
Remote controls offer the most convenience, tending to operate within 30-50 ft of the unit. They're spot-on for fans positioned in hard-to-reach reach places, such as high ceilings, and will save you having to get out of bed to turn it off if you’re cold in the night.
Wall controls are good for living, dining or kitchen areas, as well as for families that have small children who could easily make the control disappear for weeks in a crayon box.
Finally, pull chains. These are the most basic, and require operation by hand, but are no less ideal for spaces that aren’t frequented as often or for those who are content with a lower-profile fan.
Now you’re all clued up, it’s time to check out our favourites. From small bedroom fans for kids to large fans that'll keep you cool if you’re feeling the heat in the kitchen, we’ve got something for every family.
|Mount Downrod||24 cm|
|Mount Downrod||36 cm|
|Mount Downrod||30 cm|
|Lighting||Halogen or LED|
|Mount Downrod||30 cm|
|Mount Downrod||35 cm|
|Control||Remote or pull chain|
|Mount Droprod||39 cm|
|Mount Downrod||34.5-44.5 cm|
|Mount Downrod||23 cm|
|Mount Downrod||38 cm|
|Control||Remote control, wall mount or pull chain|
|Mount Downrod||29 cm|
Jet II Ceiling Fan
Industrial Ceiling Fan
Kids Room Fan
Ceiling Fan With Light
Low Ceiling Fan Eco Flat II
|Features||An A* All-Rounder||A Truly Customisable Option||Small Sound, Big Breeze||Tropical Vibes and a Nifty ...||Built With Large Living Spa...||A Quieter Motor and a Gentl...||A Perfect Fan for Small Hom...||Get Twice the Aesthetics Wi...||A Perfect Fit for Those Wit...||A Low Ceiling Wonder with a...|
|Mount Downrod||29 cm||38 cm||23 cm||34.5-44.5 cm||39 cm||35 cm||30 cm||30 cm||36 cm||24 cm|
|Diameter||105 cm||107 cm||91 cm||132 cm||142 cm||107 cm||90 cm||106 cm||132 cm||112 cm|
|Lighting||LED||LED||No||No||-||LED||LED||Halogen or LED||Halogen||No|
|Control||Remote control||Remote control, wall mount or pull chain||Pull chain||Remote control||Wall mount||Remote or pull chain||Remote control||Pull chain||Remote control||Remote control|
When it comes to installing your new ceiling fan, you have a couple of options. Instructions will be included with your purchase (which will, of course, vary between models), so if you are skilled at DIY, you may wish to have a go yourself.
However, if you are in any doubt whatsoever it's best to call an electrician, as we all know messing around with electrics can be very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. This rings particularly true if you've chosen a fan with a light fixture.
For an indication of what you'll be dealing with during a typical DIY fan installation process, have a read of this article by the ever-popular 'Dummies' guides.
Gearing up for warmer weather? Stay cool and enjoy every last drop of sunshine (while we've got it) with our related buying guides, featuring recommendations for more at-home summer must-haves.
So there it is – our comprehensive guide to ceiling fans. Whether you're buying for the first time or looking to upgrade, we hope you've learned something and found a product that will suit your needs, and your home. Let's just hope the weather does its part now!
Author: Lewis Clark
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