You have heard it before: You get what you pay for. This is not only true with general consumer products—it also applies to products installed in your home. Your ceiling fan, for example, can vary significantly from low quality to high quality. While high quality ceiling fans cost more upfront, they save you money in the long run. To understand why high quality fans cost more, consider the components that go into that higher-priced, better quality ceiling fan.
How you mount your ceiling fan matters. Low quality flush mount or hugger ceiling fans reduce the amount of airflow your ceiling fan can generate. They also have a tendency to use smaller, less-efficient motors; therefore, if you plan on using your fan frequently, your fan will need to work twice as hard to generate airflow. High quality ceiling fans, on the other hand, do not hinder airflow and perform as well as larger ceiling fans that use downrods.
Most low quality ceiling fans are made with press board blades and are decorated to appear as if they’re made of wood. This type of blade construction warps over time, leading to wobbling and shaking and, consequently, more noise. This construction style may be common, but it is not as effective as fans made from real hardwood. High quality ceiling fans have blades made of durable materials such as die cat virgin zinc and real wood. Hardwood blades still come in a variety of styles and colors, but are more durable, produce better quality airflow, and can withstand different temperatures and levels of humidity.
You want a ceiling fan motor that efficiently powers your ceiling fan, but doesn’t cost a fortune in the process. Generally speaking, a fan with a larger motor will move more air, but there are several things to consider:
- High-use or stack motors are constructed with quality bearings and have large motors. Purchasing a fan with a larger motor means more air movement and will offer you cooler temperatures for your money. Even at low speeds a high-use fan can produce a significant amount of airflow and is one of the more durable motors. This is the more expensive model type, but once you calculate the amount you save annually, the upfront purchase price is easier to swallow. You’ll also find that investing in a high-use motor will eliminate the noise, wobbling, and shaking you find with lower-end fans. A fan with an XLP or K555 motor is designed for year-round use and quiet operation.
- Medium-to-high-use motors range from 188 mm to 212 mm. These types of fans are constructed with price in mind. They still offer a high level of durability and functionality, but come at a considerably lower price than a high-use model. Though still functional, they are not equal in performance or savings to the high-use version.
- Medium-to-low-use motors are economical ceiling fan options for those on a tight budget. Motors range in size from 172 mm to 153 mm. Due to their smaller size, these types of motors push a noticeably smaller amount of air, but still offer durability and functionality. Low use motors are intended for seasonal use to cool during the hottest months.
Energy-efficient high quality ceiling fans are more costly than traditional models. You have likely seen these models at your local home improvement store and felt the price was too much. Though the initial savings per calendar year is shown on the tag for your energy-efficient model, the amount does not seem to make up for the higher price of the unit upfront. In the long run, however, the annual savings you receive from an energy-efficient fan outweighs the upfront cost—if you purchase the right model.
A good energy-efficient range to look for is one that has 60 to 75 cubic feet per minute per watt at its highest speed. More economical models typically hover around 35 cubic feet per minute per watt. That means that it takes your economical fan twice as long to produce the same airflow as an energy-efficient model, thus costing you more in the end.
Remember that every ceiling fan is designed to do the same basic things, but there is no substitute for high quality ceiling fans that perfectly fit the size and décor of a room. Although ceiling fans can be installed in virtually any room, you should begin by investing in the rooms you use most and buy fans designed for heavy use.
There are many other reasons why buying high quality ceiling fans make the most sense for your home. Learn more and get all of your questions answered by a ceiling fan expert by visiting www.CeilingFan.com or by calling toll-free 877.724.2326.