Fans provide more than just a cool breeze in the home; they can be an essential design element in your entire living space. When shopping for a fan, look at the style, materials used, features, and available options. With so many aspects of selecting a living room fan, you can enjoy a cool breeze while relaxing in your home.
Knowing the best fans to buy depends on where you plan to use the fan and if you want it to be a permanent fixture in your home. Some fans are portable, being able to move around the house, while others are more permanent, such as ceiling fans. Some things to consider when shopping for a living room fan include:
All fans have different features to make them more functional based on your household’s air-circulation needs.
Most fans, including ceiling fans, have speed and direction controls. These fans allow you to set the speed of the spinning blades to different speeds. In addition, ceiling fans have directional controls, allowing you to push the air downward or pull it upward. This feature is beneficial so you can change the airflow direction during the summer and winter months.
Some ceiling fans come with handled remotes to control their operation. With the handheld remote, you can turn the fan or lights on and off and control the direction and speed of the blades.
For shorter ceilings, a low-profile or hugger ceiling fan has a shorter rod, making it possible to provide still enough height clearance between the fan and the floor. A longer rod can be installed to extend the fan down to the desired height for higher ceilings.
The blade pitch of ceiling fans determines how much airflow is generated. The greater the angle, the more air the fan moves around the room.
Some ceiling fans come with light kits, allowing you to add lights to the fan. If a light kit does not come with the fan, select a fan that allows for a light kit to be added and purchase one separately.
Tabletop and floor fans have an oscillating feature, which rotates moving air throughout the room. This feature is desirable, especially when looking to cool off a room with a single fan.
Some fans are designed as an air purification device for your home. These fans help circulate air in a room and purify it, providing fresh, clean air to breathe.
A box-style fan can be set on the floor or on a table to provide a cool breeze. These are portable fans, making it possible to cool any room you want to enjoy. Most people think about box fans as being the big bulky metal ones used many years ago. Though they still make those, similar designs are made to look more elegant and fit any room design.
Standard ceiling fans are the most commonly installed fans in homes. These fans are a permanent fixture, providing consistent airflow circulation and a stylish design.
Desk and tabletop fans are those with a base that allows the fan to rotate back and forth. These fans are small and can fit on a desk or end table. Though small and easy to move, fancier desktop fans typically remain on a desk or end table.
Dual-motored ceiling fans have two fans operating on separate motors. The fans have individual heads, which can be adjusted and run independently of one another.
Energy Star fans are those certified to be energy efficient and provide savings on energy bills. These are quickly becoming popular fans and are available in all fan styles and types.
Outdoor ceiling fans are graded to be used in wet and damp climates. These fans are typically installed on porches, sunroom ceilings, or roof overhangs to provide air circulation when sitting outside.
Tall upright fans provide airflow throughout the room, especially when set in a corner and set to oscillate. These fans can be very simple or extensively ornate in the design of the base and fan cage.
When choosing a fan, make sure to know what purpose you want the fan to serve, where it will be, the features you want, and your spending budget.
The location of your fan will determine the type (ceiling or standing) and size of your fan. Also consider if the fan is to be moved from room to room, a permanent fan, or one that can be used outside on a porch or patio.
Determine if you want any of the additional features fans offer, including oscillating, lights, remote control, speed control, and blade pitch.
Set your budget and shop for a fan within it. There are many styles of fans available, making it possible to shop within your budget.
A fan is a functional accessory for your home that can also be used as a design element in a room. When shopping for fans, check out our catalog and see which fan works best for your needs.
For more information about fans, including construction, placement, sizes, and ratings, read LuxeDecor's Ceiling Fan Buying Buying Guide.