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Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fans?
The FREE Online Guide to Comparing Ceiling Fans


(this page is the guide)

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Introduction

Every ceiling fan brand has a range of ceiling fans to choose from with varying levels of quality and performance. Some ceiling fan manufacturers focus more on lower quality less expensive fans, while others target more expensive higher quality fans. The bottom line is, there are huge differences in the quality and performance of ceiling fans even within each brand. If you compare the very best ceiling fans that each brand has to offer, you will find the top-of-the-line models to be relatively equivalent. So how do you which models are the higher quality models and how do you compare ceiling fans from each brand to decide which is best for you? The information on this page and details provided throughout our website will help you do just that.


The Best Ceiling Fans by Category

When we are asked the question "Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fan?", we have to answer with some consideration to the application where the fan is going to be used as well as what style is desired. In an attempt to answer this question by making specific recommendations, we have selected what we consider the "Cream of the Crop" for each of the categories below. Although there are some other fans that are close in comparison to these, each of these fans represents the highest quality, performance and durability in their category, so you can't go wrong with any of them. They will all run dead quiet, move lots of air without wobbling and last you a lifetime. In cases where there are other fans that are quite equal, we have chosen the most popular.

(#1) Overall Best and Top Selling Ceiling Fan

The Emerson Carrera Grande Eco is a powerful work-horse of a fan that is super efficient and friendly to the environment. The blades are sold separately in various finishes and sizes ranging from 54" to 72", so you can design the fan to fit your needs. The motor comes in several popular finishes including Oil Rubbed Bronze (the most popular), Brushed Steel and White. Not only does this fan produce over 7,100 CFM of airflow, it uses only 20 watts of electricity in the process due to the super efficient DC motor inside. The Carrera Grande Eco has an EPA efficiency rating of 360 CFM/Watt, which is as much as 400% more efficient than other large ceiling fans. This is currently one of our best selling ceiling fans and is the perfect solution for medium to large sized rooms. This fan was awarded "Most Efficient 2014" by the U.S. Government Energy Star program. View More Emerson Eco Fans Here!

(#1) The Best Contemporary Energy Star Ceiling Fan

The Midway Eco is the Contemporary relative of the Carrera Grande Eco featured above. Emerson Eco Fans represent some of the most efficient ceiling fans on the planet. These super efficient fans feature a futuristic DC motor that is up to 350% more efficient than typical ceiling fans and the Midway Eco model is also Energy Star qualified. The powerful DC motors wire in to your normal AC power saving you the most on your energy bills. There are several Eco Fans to choose from, each of which represent our #1 picks among the best ceiling fans you can buy. This fan was also awarded "Most Efficient 2014" by the U.S. Government Energy Star program. View More Emerson Eco Fans Here!

(#1) Best New and Innovative Fan for 2014

The Monte Carlo Minimalist takes ceiling fan design to the extreme. The Minimalist is not just minimal in style, it is minimal in energy consumption. Incorporating a super efficient DC Motor and 16 Watt LED light fixture this fan uses less than 30 watts on high speed while generating over 7,700 CFM...giving it a high efficiency rating of 288 CFM/Watt (with lights off). On low speed it only uses about 2.64 watts, which means you could run 36 of these fans (lights off) using less electricity than a single 100 watt light bulb...quite amazing!

(#1) The Best and Longest Standing Contemporary Ceiling Fan

The Casablanca Stealth was one of the very first contemporary style ceiling fans ever made and the sleek jet setting style of this fan was years before its time when it was first produced nearly 2 decades ago. Eventually, every other ceiling fan manufacturer copied stealth in one way or another due to its popularity, but none have yet surpassed the overall quality and performance of this trend setting fan.

(#1) The Best Traditional Ceiling Fan

The Casablanca DC Panama, originally introduced as the Delta series over 30 years ago, has been the standard for quality and performance in traditional style ceiling fans ever since it was introduced. Casablanca has had many versions of the Panama over the years, but this is the first version that incorporates a super efficient 6-speed DC motor. The DC Panama is not as cusomizable as some of the other Panama fans, but this version is the best quality and acheives higher performance than other current Panama models. When you click the above link, you will see all of the different Panama fans currently available...including this DC Panama and versions with other motors.

(#1) The Best Outdoor Ceiling Fan

The Casablanca Heritage is the most rugged and powerful outdoor ceiling fan and it is "Wet Rated", which means it can exposed directly to rain and snow. You can even wash it off with a hose! The Heritage moves a lot more air than most other outdoor ceiling fans, which is very important in open areas where the airflow can quickly become diluted. This fan will not only help keep you feeling cooler, it moves so much air it will help ward off pesky bugs.

(#1) The Best Hugger Fan

The Emerson Curva Sky sets a new standard for flushmounted ceiling fans. The sleek slim curvy design is unmatched compared to similarly designed flush mount ceiling fans that disproportionately bulky looking. Plus, the fan comes with a 6-speed remote control with reverse that has a full range light dimmer. This fan is ideal for bedrooms or rooms with low ceilings.

(#1) The Best Large Ceiling Fan

The 84" Fanimation Odynn is the best large multi-blade ceiling fan that is made for residential applications. The Odynn captures the character of industrial HVLS fans (High Volume Low Speed) made popular by the Big Ass Fan company, and other industrial fan manufacturers, and brings it into your home at a fraction of the price. Most HVLS fans made for industrial use can be rather noisy, yet the Odynn runs virtually dead quiet with a super efficient 6 speed DC motor that uses a fraction of the electricity of typical ceiling fans half its size. It installs like any other residential ceiling fan and does not require additional construction as would an industrial HVLS fan. If you are looking to make a real statement in a large open room...the Odynn is the best large fan for you!

NOTE: The numbering system above is just for organization, it is not a rating system since each of these fans is the top of its class. When people call us and ask questions about the fans it is easier to refer to them when they are numbered.

I don't care how much it costs...I just want the very best!

Fanimation and Casablanca Fan Company have a reputation for making the most expensive ceiling fans with crazy over the top quality and spectacular style. So if you were to ask me to show you the "Maserati" or "Lamborghini" of ceiling fans, I would begin by introducing you to a choice few top of the line models made by these two brands.

However, Casablanca and Fanimation also make more affordable models that compare equally to other brands. So, the further details on this page are more for those who are likely to compare a Ford to a Toyota or a BMW to a Mercedes rather than a Maserati to a Lamborghini.

Mistakes to avoid when shopping for ceiling fans!

The most common mistake people make when purchasing a ceiling fan is to base their decision strictly on how a fan looks and how much it costs without considering how it will perform. Will it wobble? Will it make noise? Will it actually cool you off? After talking to thousands of people shopping for ceiling fans over the past 20 years, I have learned that the average consumer is not even aware that there are such differences between ceiling fans. They generally assume that one fan is more expensive than another simply because it is fancier...or it has a remote control or some other feature. Ultimately, there are huge differences in the airflow performance of ceiling fans that you need to be aware of as discussed in the next section.


How to Save 10% to 40% with Ceiling Fans

Operating a central air conditioner or wall unit can cost anywhere from 20 to 50 cents/hour or more, whereas a ceiling fan on high speed costs between 1/4 of a cent to 3 cents per hour to operate. So ceiling fans cost far less to operate than air conditioning. If you use ceiling fans more and your AC less you can save you anywhere from 10% to 40% on your cooling bills. Keep in mind that ceiling fans do not change the room temperature they simply create a wind-chill effect that makes you feel cooler than it actually is. This allows you to use your air conditioning less without sacrificing your level of comfort, which explains why ceiling fans are so popular. But in order to use your air conditioning less, you must either manually turn it off or raise the temperature of your thermostat. If you do neither of these, you will not save anything on your energy bills...in fact you will spend a little more because you are paying to run both your AC and your fans. So in order to realize the actual potential savings of ceiling fans, you must not forget to raise the temperature of your AC by several degrees or turn it off altogether. Furthermore, there is no need to run a ceiling fan if you are not there to feel the breeze, so always turn them off when you leave a room.

Which ceiling fans are the best?

The best fans are those with the highest Quality, highest CFM (Cubic Feet of Airflow per Minute), and lowest Watts (or most efficient)! Of these factors CFM is most important because it is what creates the wind-chill effect. The more wind-chill effect you have the less you need your AC. For an average size room, ceiling fans that produce at least 6,000 to 7,000 CFM will keep you cooler and allow you to raise your thermostat more to save the most on your energy bills. Efficiency is defined as CFM/Watts, so the amount of air produced divided by the amount of electricity used. If you are torn between several fans that have similar CFM ratings, then choose the one that is most efficient (uses less watts). Keep in mind that even the least efficient fan motors only cost about 2 or 3 cents per hour to operate (which is nothing compared to your AC), so CFM is far more important than efficiency since the goal is to maximize the wind-chill and minimize the AC.

Ceiling Fan Regulations

As of January 1, 2009, all ceiling fan manufacturers are required to test their ceiling fans for airflow performance and publish the results to the public. With this new legislation, you can now determine which ceiling fans are best for your needs...that is, if you know how to interpret the data. Hansen Wholesale is the only website to put all this data together into a graph format that allows you to easily compare the performance of each ceiling fan! The graphs you see below are examples of what you will see in our search results as you shop for ceiling fans on our site. In each graph you will see how much air each fan moves in CFMs (Cubic Feet per Minute of Airflow), how much electricity they use in Watts and how efficient they are in terms of CFMs per Watt. We have also added our own Quality Rating to help you decide which fans are best.

Update 5/7/2013

The Department of Energy (DOE) is now in the process of reviewing previous ceiling fan regulations with plans to impose even further regulations which will likely drive the price of ceiling fans up in the near future. You can read more about these new regulations here: Highly Decorative Ceiling Fans and Other Ceiling Fan Classifications or follow the development of the legislation by reading the information in the Docket Folder at the DOE: Energy Conservation Standards Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document.

How to Compare Ceiling Fans

Very Good

5
7,500
250
30
5.78
Wind Speed Factor: 5.78 MPH
(Read about Wind Speed Factor)
Graph represents 52" blade span

Average

3
5,513
79
70
4.25
Wind Speed Factor: 4.25 MPH
(Read about Wind Speed Factor)
Graph represents 52" blade span

Not So Good

2
2,450
29
85
1.89
Wind Speed Factor: 1.89 MPH
(Read about Wind Speed Factor)
Graph represents 52" blade span

"AVG" marks where the average fan is rated so you can easily determine if a fan is above or below average for any of the 4 ratings. Look for fans with "Above Average" Quality, CFM and Efficiency ratings and "Below Average" Watts (LESS watts is better). The averages below are based on data compiled from of over 2,000 ceiling fan models from 12 different brands.

Average Quality = 3
Average Airflow = 5513 CFM
Average Energy Use = 70 Watts (on high)
Average Efficiency = 79 CFM/Watt
Average Wind Speed = 4.30 MPH (378 LFM)



How to use our Ceiling Fan Comparison Graphs to Choose the Best Fans

Averages: Notice that in each graph there is an "Avg" with black arrows on either side. This is a demarcation of where the average ceiling fan would be for each of the 5 criteria. Better fans will be above this mark (except for the watt rating which should be below avg). However, some of the best fans may in fact be far above average for Quality and CFM, but may be below average for Efficiency and Wattage. This is because some of the higher quality fans that move lots of air tend to have larger more powerful motors that use a bit more electricity. Not to worry...these are still great choices. Keep in mind that the best way to save energy with ceiling fans is to feel enough cooling breeze so that you can raise your AC thermostat a few degrees during the summer so you use less electricity from you AC. Even the least efficient ceiling fan will still use far less electricity than your AC...but you cannot benefit from the energy saving ability of ceiling fans if you do not raise the temperature of your thermostat several degrees.

Here is a brief explanation of each of the criteria

Quality: This is a rating of from 1 to 5 where 5 represents the best quality fans on the market. This rating is determined exclusively by our own ceiling fan experts on staff and is based on our first hand knowledge of each fan. The quality rating has nothing to do with how much air a fan will move, that is a separate rating. Quality has to do with how well the fan is made, how smooth and quiet it will operate, how long it will last, and equally important...how good looks in real life. The internal components use to make the fan including the motor, capacitors and controls are considered for the precision and tolerances to which they are made are critical. We highly recommend any ceiling fan that has a Quality rating of 4 or 5 when considering the other criteria below.

CFM Airflow: CFM is short for Cubic Feet per Minute, which is how the airflow of a ceiling fan is measured. The CFMs shown in each graph represent the volume of air the fan can move when it is on High Speed. Based on comparing over 1200 ceiling fans that we have data for on our site, the average ceiling fan moves about 5513 CFM. Aside from Quality, CFM is by far the most important piece of information to compare between ceiling fans. Simply put, the more CFMs the fan can produce, the cooler it will make you feel. Since most people buy ceiling fans in order to stay cooler, you must make sure you get sufficient airflow, otherwise you may be dissatisfied with your ceiling fan regardless how smooth and quiet it performs or how great it looks in your room. The worst is around 1400 CFM and the very best approach 9,000 CFM. So there is quite a range of difference in the performance between ceiling fans. For average size rooms, we recommend ceiling fans that are capable of moving at least 6000 CFM, which is above average. Larger rooms will need much more and smaller rooms can get away with less.

Wind Speed: Ceiling fans cool you off by creating a wind chill effect, they do not change the actual temperature in a room. Ceiling Fans with higher Wind Speed will create the most wind chill effect. The Average wind speed of a ceiling fan is a breeze of about 4 miles/hour. The Wind Speed is the calculated measure of the expected wind velocity in the column of air directly beneath the fan, so it takes into consideration the CFMs and the Blade Span. To make it easier for you to compare fans of various CFM and blade spans, we calculate the wind speed of the air column below the fan. This calculation is based on the CFMs per square foot of blade span, and then converted to Miles Per Hour. Ceiling fans cool you off by creating a wind chill effect, not by changing the temperature in a room. The breeze created by a ceiling fan is mostly concentrated in the column of air just beneath the blades. Two fans that generate the same CFM but have different blade spans will cool you off differently. A larger fan will have a wider column of air that is less concentrated (lower wind speed) than a smaller fan. So the smaller fan will make you feel cooler when you are directly beneath it, while the larger fan will provide less breeze, but spread it over a larger area. So when see a fan that has a very high CFM, be sure to look at the blade span and wind speed as well to see how they compare to other fans.

Efficiency: Efficiency is defined by the EPA as CFM/Watts. The average efficiency of a ceiling fan is bout 79 Watts/CFM. This translates into the amount of air a fan moves (in CFM) divided by the amount of electricity it uses (in Watts) at high speed. Normally you would think of efficiency as a number between 1 and 100 because no mechanical device can actually be more than 100% efficient. However, the formula adopted by the EPA is actually a rather good way to compare the cost to operate a fan -vs- the comfort level you can expect from it to create. However, the most efficient ceiling fan will only save you about $10 to $20 per year max compared to the worst fan because even the worst fans use less electricity per hour than a single 100 watt light bulb. So it is our opinion that the CFM rating is far more important than the efficiency rating because a fan that produces more airflow is going to allow you to raise your thermostat 2 or 3 times higher than one that blows less air. That alone can save you hundreds of dollars per year. So don't sell yourself short by using the efficiency rating as the first criteria to consider. If you are torn between 2 models, then you may want to use it as a deciding factor. The best choice would be a fan with both a high CFM rating and a High Efficiency rating...although there are few that meet that criteria since getting the most air generally entails using more power.

Watts of Electricity Used: This is the amount of electricity that you can expect the ceiling fan to use when operated on the highest speed. The average watts used by ceiling fans is about 70 watts on high speed (without lights). Watts is the only criteria in the graph that should be "LOWER" not higher, since the less Watts a fan uses, the less it costs to operate. Although this number is used to calculate the efficiency of the fan, it can also be used as a direct comparison between fans, or simply to get a better grasp on how much energy a fan will use. Think of the wattage in terms of light bulbs and you will easily understand just how little electricity virtually all ceiling fans use. This is the main reason that ceiling fans are such a popular alternative to air conditioning...simply because they use less electricity than an average light bulb. Use the calculator below to see just how much any of our fans will cost you to operate based on the Watts it uses.

Calculate how much it will cost to operate a ceiling fan based on the Watts it uses

If you look at your last electric bill, it will tell you just how much you are paying for each kWh of electricity (Kilowatts per hour). You can use that number to calculate the actual cost of operating any of the ceiling fans on our site that have the Watts data. Just plug in the Watts the ceiling fan uses and your own kWh cost...or select your state to automatically input an estimated average.

Ceiling Fan Cost Per Hour Calculator
Watts $/kWh

The average kWh by state used by our calculator is derived from information published by the US Government Department of Energy as of May 2009. Since this is an average number calculated by the Government, your actual cost may differ from this. You can find your exact cost of electricity per kWh on your electric bill if you wish to plug in that number for a more precise calculation.

EPA Exemptions for CFM Testing

Certain ceiling fans are exempt from the EPA legislation, particularly hugger fans and fans with large palm leaves. Apparently hugger fans cannot be tested using the same method...and they do not move as much air as traditional fans anyway. Fans that are considered as strictly decorative are exempt as well such as fans with palm leaf blades, belt driven fans, and Punkah style fans that waft from side to side. Fans like these are simply not capable of moving much air and should only be considered where you are more interested in making a decorative statement and do not really care about keeping cool or lowering your thermostat.

Don't know how much your electricity costs?

If you do not have your electric bill handy, use this map to find he average cost per kWh by region in the USA, then plug that in to the calculator. The cost for your area could vary dramatically from this table, so for a more exact calculation, refer to your electric bill.

The numbers below are "CENTS" per Kilowatt "NOT" Dollars per Kilowatt
For example: California is just 12 cents per kWh!


More information regarding what to look for in ceiling fans

Important Note: The information below has been posted on our website for several years...which was prior to having the CFM and Watt data as detailed above. We have kept this information on our site for you to review because most of it is still pertinent, although some details make less sense now that there is actual data that can be used to compare fans.

The most common mistake people make when purchasing a ceiling fan is to base their decision strictly on how a fan looks and how much it costs without considering how it will perform. Will it wobble? Will it make noise? Will it actually cool you off? After talking to thousands of people shopping for ceiling fans over the past 20 years, I have learned that the average consumer is not even aware that there are such differences between ceiling fans. They generally assume that one fan is more expensive than another simply because it is fancier...or it has a remote control or some other feature.

The bottom line is, there are huge differences in the performance and quality of ceiling fans that you need to be aware of...and the information on this page will help you understand them

The most important component of a ceiling fan is the motor.

If you have ever shopped for a car, you know some cars are available with your choice of a 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, V8 and or high performance V8. You also know that the price goes up substantially with each motor as does the performance capabilities and optional bells and whistles. In general, the same is true for ceiling fans. The motor inside each ceiling fan is the most important component to compare because it is what makes the fan work. Smaller cheaper motors move less air and are not precision made so they have the propensity to wobble or make noise. Larger high performance motors have precision made components designed to provide maximum air movement with smooth quiet operation, but they come at a much higher price. Just as with shopping for a car, you will need to balance the quality and performance level with your budget.

Unfortunately, the motor inside a ceiling fan is completely hidden inside the decorative outer casing, so you don't necessarily get to "Pop the Hood" before you buy a fan. But, if you know what to look for, you can make an educated decision when comparing ceiling fans...which is why we have made it easy for you by including this information in our search result pages and on our product detail pages.

Although there are many more motors used in ceiling fans than what we have here in this chart, this information will give you a good idea as to how we go about rating our fans. In most cases, the rating we give a fan is directly related to the motor inside. However, equally considered is the quality of the additional components used to make up the fan. The best fans will have precision made components throughout so they will run smooth and quiet and last a lifetime.

Fan Motor Rating Chart
(ratings updated 4/30/2011 - added DC motors)
RATING TYPE Details Price Range
5+

DC Motors

Super Efficient DC Motors (the Green choice!): DC motors are the latest technology for ceiling fans. Unlike all other ceiling fan motors, DC Motors have their own built-in electromagnets so they do not use Electricity to create a magnetic field. This allows them to operate using up to 75% less electricity! They also generate more power than other motors with no wobble or noise. What's more, they operate at a cooler temperature boosting their efficiency even more while introducing less heat into the room. We consider all ceiling fans with DC motors to be the Best of the Best and our highest recommendation!

More about DC Ceiling Fans | Shop for Ceiling Fans with DC Motors

$400 to $1000 +
5

K55
XLP
Cast-Iron
Some 212mm

Hi-Performance Motors: No wobble or noise. Fans with these motors are precision crafted throughout including the balancing of blades and careful engineering all components so they run perfectly smooth and quiet. Fans with these motors are built to last a lifetime with an unsurpassed proven track record of longevity. You can leave fans like these running 24 hours a day for years on end without every worrying about the motor burning out. You will find them to be the most attractive as well since they are designed to appeal to those who can afford the very best. This is our Top Recommendation!

$300 to $1000 +
4 212mm - 188mm Very Good Performance: Great air movement. Very little wobble or noise. Will last many years. Good for small to medium size rooms. 2nd most recommended! $200 to $500
3 172mm Above Average: Acceptable air movement. Very slight noise. Very affordable. Recommended for smaller rooms if a higher quality fan is not affordable. $150 to $350
2 53mm Average: Less air movement. Some noise or wobble over years of use. Recommended for contractors where projects require inexpensive fans. $95 to $200
1 *Typical Import Below Average: Very little airflow. Annoying wobble and noise when new or within 1 or 2 years of use. Not recommended for any application. Under $95

(motors from Emerson ceiling fans)

*Fans with smaller motors are typically found at home centers and mass merchants. We do not supply this type of fan at Home of Decor.

Important Note: Fans with extra wide palm leaf, wicker, or canvas type blades will only provide a gentle breeze and are considered to be more decorative than functional. Because this type of blade will tend to overwork an average fan motor we recommend that you choose only brands that offer these styles with Hi-Performance motors. Otherwise, your fan will overheat and start to make annoying noises and eventually burn out.


DETAILS: What makes some fans better than others?

The motor inside your fan is the most important component!

The most important consideration when purchasing a fan (aside from the way it looks) is the size, power, and durability of the motor. Larger more powerful motors are more expensive than smaller more generic mass produced motors...but they will move substantially more air without wobbling or making noise and can be left running for days, weeks, even years on end without burning out.

There are 5 major factors that work together to determine how much air a fan will move as well as it's overall performance and durability. The most important factor is the motor. A strong precision made motor will move the most air without noise or wobble if the other 4 factors are present.

The 5 basic factors are:

  • Blade Pitch

  • Blade Shape and Size

  • RPM

  • Height from Ceiling

  • Motor

Looking more closely at each of these factors will show how they affect each other and why a fan with the most powerful motor can produce the most air movement.

  1. Blade Pitch:
    The angle at which the blade sweeps through the air is called the "Pitch" of the blade. The easiest way to understand how blade pitch effects air movement is to equate the blades of a fan to the oars of a rowboat. If you have ever tried to row a  boat, you know that if you put the oars in the water virtually flat, it takes very little effort to row...but even if you row very fast, the boat moves very slow. If, on the other hand, you tilt the oars at a steep angle in the water, it becomes very difficult to row the boat...but each stroke makes substantial progress. You will need to be much stronger and in better shape to sustain a high rate of speed for any period of time in this case.

    The same is true with ceiling fans. Believe it or not, a fan spinning at a high RPM encounters substantial wind resistance if the blades are set at a steeper pitch. A fan that has blades with a very flat pitch (between 10 and 12 degrees), does not require a very powerful motor to make the blades spin fast. However, even at full speed, the fan will move very little air and may have a tendency to wobble or make noise.

    On the other hand, a good blade pitch (between 14 and 15 degrees) requires a well engineered finely tuned powerful motor to move the blades through the air at a high rate of speed for extended periods of time without overheating and burning out.

    Just as well, a good blade pitch with an average or lower grade motor will not be able to reach as high an RPM and may in fact be overworked resulting in a fan that overheats and eventually burns out.

    Therefore, the pitch of the blade and the power of the motor must be well engineered to work together to create air movement without going beyond the motors capability in order for a fan to operate efficiently and last a lifetime.

  2. Blade Shape and Size
    Imagine rowing a boat with short narrow oars compared to wider longer oars. The wider and longer the oar is, the more effort it takes to pull it through the water. But once again, more effort means more progress. With ceiling fans, when you combine a wider longer blade with a steeper pitch, you get even more air movement...at least to a certain point.

    There is a limit to the shape and size that the oars or fan blades can and should be. If the oars or blades are too wide or too long, you will not be able to move maneuver them fast enough no matter how strong you are. As with ceiling fans, blades that are too wide or long cannot be moved fast enough to be effective with even the most powerful fan motor. So...larger does not always mean better...but too small or narrow is not good.

  3. RPM
    RPM is simply how fast your fan blades spin at a given speed setting. Faster means more air...but only if the blades are pitched properly. Also, some fans have a lower RPM at low speed and a higher RPM at high speed, which means they give you more flexibility in the cooling effect required. The best fans will give you 6 speeds from very low to very high.

  4. Height from Ceiling
    In order for a fan to operate efficiently, there needs to be about 10 to 12 inches between the blades and the ceiling so that the air can flow freely around the blades without bouncing up and down between the blades and the ceiling. For this reason, you will find that ceiling hugger fans (fans that mount flush to the ceiling) don't move very much air. This type of fan will always have a small motor with relatively flat blades so that it does not create enough turbulence to cause it to wobble or shudder. You just won't find a "Hi-Performance" hugger fan.

    The blades on a typical hugger fan will be 7 or 8 inches from the ceiling as opposed to 10 to 12" for a good quality performance fan. The additional 2 or 3 inches makes all the difference in the world...kind of like having a tire on a car that is just a little out of balance. It may only take a small .5oz weight to balance the tire, but without the weight, the tire will bounce up and down like crazy at certain speeds. You should only use hugger fans if your ceilings are lower than 8' high or there is some other restriction (such as a bunk bed) that prevents you from installing a Hi-Performance fan that drops down a few more inches. 

    For higher ceilings, a longer downrod is recommended in order to bring the fan blades to about 8 or 9 feet from the floor so that you will feel the air movement.

  5. Motor  - Size, Power, and Quality
    The motor is the most important component of a ceiling fan. The most powerful motors will move the most air, providing the above factors are present. High power fan motors are only available in the top of the line models from each of the major name brands. You will find these fans to be more expensive...but the difference in the amount of air you will feel is quite remarkable and the performance, durability, and efficiency is well worth the extra money.

Conclusion:
A well engineered ceiling fan takes all of the factors on this page into account, and with precision testing, a "Sweet Spot" is determined with the most efficient combination of blade pitch, shape and size of the blades, RPM, height from the ceiling, and most importantly, the capacity or capability of the motor.

The fans on our site that are rated 4 or 5, or are referred to as "Hi-Performance" are fans that are well engineered to the "Sweet Spot" and will give you the best performance for many years. We are sure you will be satisfied if you purchase one of these fans. We believe any other rating to be a compromise that manufacturers make in order to design fans to meet lower price points.

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  1. Question #9503 - Posted: 7/6/2014 9:23:16 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Minka Aire Model F820-CT

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    QUESTION: I want to purchase the 36" Down rod DR536-CT (Cattera Bronze finish) $25.13 for the Santa Lucia Ceiling Fan I recently purchased from you. However, when I try to select it the website automatically adds the fan too. Please help

    ANSWER: Sorry you are having trouble ordering a downrod. Here is what you can do: Simply delete the fan from your shopping cart to order just the downrod or use this link to add the downrod to your cart by itself: Minka Aire DR536-CT Downrod.

  2. Question #9502 - Posted: 7/6/2014 9:17:41 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question

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    QUESTION: Do you happen to carry Hunter fan light fixtures that have a triangle base. These are not held in by screws but by a clip system. Thank you, John

    ANSWER: I am sorry to report that we do not have any of the Hunter light fixtures you are looking for. Hunter only made the triangular fixtures for a short period of time and they discontinued them several years ago (too many problems). It is unlikely that you will be able to locate one anywhere. If you can email me some pictures of your fan along with the model number (located on a label on top of the fan housing), I may be able to come up with an alternative that will fit. Email your pictures to: gregt@hansenwholesale.com

  3. Question #9501 - Posted: 7/4/2014 1:41:29 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Emerson Model CF788ORB-B78WA

    View  model CF788ORB-B78WA
    CF788ORB-B78WA - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/emerson/model.asp?ProdNo=CF788ORB-B78WA

    QUESTION: How powerful is the fan? It will be used in an upstairs room that gets quite warm? Thank you

    ANSWER: Regarding the Emerson Carrera Grande Eco, it is one of the most powerful and efficient fans we sell. The Emerson ECO fans are some of our most highly recommended fans overall. You will certainly be happy with the airflow compared to fans of lesser caliber. Here is a link where you can Read More Aabout the Emerson Eco Fans.

  4. Question #9500 - Posted: 7/3/2014 1:55:05 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Modern Fan Model VEL-HUG-BN-50-NK-NL-NC

    View  model VEL-HUG-BN-50-NK-NL-NC
    VEL-HUG-BN-50-NK-NL-NC - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/modernfan/model.asp?ProdNo=VEL-HUG-BN-50-NK-NL-NC

    QUESTION: Hello, First off, I love all the consumer information Hansen Wholesale provides. I'd love a clarification on something. You say that hugger fans don't work as well as regular ceiling fans. This makes total sense. However, why would the Modern Fan Velo Hugger be rated at the same 6650 CFM and 5.54 MPH wind speed as the regular Velo? (Is it because the blades are installed as low as possible on the hugger fan, thus negating the height benefits?)

    ANSWER: You are exactly correct. When installed with a standard downrod, the regular Velo hangs down the same distance as the Velo Hugger, so the airflow is the same.

  5. Question #9499 - Posted: 7/2/2014 11:30:33 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Savoy House Model SV-58-819-5WA-37

    View  model SV-58-819-5WA-37
    SV-58-819-5WA-37 - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/savoyhouse/model.asp?ProdNo=SV-58-819-5WA-37

    QUESTION: Hello! Per the information on the site, the new DC motors, the Emerson K55XL, and other "induction" type motors are considered best quality. If that's the case, how do fans with smallish non-special motors (Say, Savoy House Indira, with 153 x 22mm motor) earn a 5 rating?

    ANSWER: There are exceptions. A 5 rating is not just based on the motor inside the fan, but the overall consideration of the quality of the components and performance. Most 153mm motors are only 12mm to 15mm tall and tend to be overworked. The motor used in the Indra is 22mm tall, which is very unusual. This is a special motor that Savoy House had designed for this fan and the performance and quality of the motor are excellent. The 3-blade Indra produces a whopping 8517 CFM and runs very smooth and quiet. The entire fan was designed to produce maximum airflow while reducing noise. The blades have a very special aerodynamic design and the fan runs perfectly quiet. When I saw this fan introduced at the lighting show in Dallas, I was very impressed. Overall, one of the best fans I have rated in years. A DC motor would have been nice...but was not necessary to earn a 5 in my book.

    Here is a link to the Savoy House Indra.

  6. Question #9496 - Posted: 6/19/2014 10:09:09 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Minka Aire Model F513-WH

    View  model F513-WH
    F513-WH - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/minkaaire/model.asp?ProdNo=F513-WH

    QUESTION: Hi, I have 4 rooms I'm thinking of installing fans. One is 10x14, 2 are 13x14, and a fourth is 23x15. For the first 3 I was considering Minka Aire F513. For the largest room I was thinking about Minka Aire MF-689. Will these be adequate? Thanks, Tom Kelley

    ANSWER: The Minka Aire F513 New Era fans will be great for the 3 smaller rooms. For the larger room, a single ceiling fan will not be adequate...you should install 2 fans. If you install 2 fans, then the F689 Kola-XL 60" fans would be a great choice. If you can only install a single fan, then I would recommend an even larger fan (up to 84") such as the Fanimation Odyn. Here are links to those resources: Large Ceiling Fans or The Fanimation Odyn. Please call us at: 1-800-201-1193 and we will be happy to discuss all of your options and help you make an educated decision.

  7. Question #9495 - Posted: 6/19/2014 9:59:26 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question

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    QUESTION: for a DC fan I must use solar power, I am looking for a very efficient fan around 72 inch for a vaulted living room, I have 3 sky lights, I can use one for solar, if I go this way what is the ball park figure for the solar unit for the fan., and how does it work at night. or should I get a very efficient ac ceiling fan Thank you Rob Tash

    ANSWER: All of the ceiling fans we sell are made to connect to AC current and there are no options to convert them to DC current from solar power. So for high efficiency, we would recommend any of our DC ceiling fans, but connected to AC current. Here is a link to all of our Ceiling Fans with DC Motors. For a super efficient DC fan without a light, I would recommend the Fanimation Keystone. Otherwise, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you choose the best fan for your application.

  8. Question #9494 - Posted: 5/10/2014 3:26:40 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Kichler Model KL-300146AP-37027OBB

    View  model KL-300146AP-37027OBB
    KL-300146AP-37027OBB - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/kichler/model.asp?ProdNo=KL-300146AP-37027OBB

    QUESTION: The kitchler 58" arkwright fan with plywood blades. Your polished version with poly blades shows that it has plywood blades and a light. Your pewter with plywood blades says it has no blades and that no light is avail? The page also says there is an error with the blades? Does the polished version version listed as poly blades have the plywood blades and the light as listed? Does the pewter version with plywood come with the blades and does it include the light or is there one avail? Prices?

    ANSWER: Sorry for the confusion regarding the Kichler Arkwright fans, we did have some errors which I have now fixed. The bottom line is, the Kichler Arkwright fans come without blades or lights so you can pick and choose whichever combination suites your taste. We named them "Plywood" or "Polycarbonate" only to differentiate between what is shown in the pictures. But you can get any of the motor finishes with any of the blades (size, material or finish) with or without a light. The pictures and model numbers we created are just a few examples of the possible combinations.

  9. Question #9493 - Posted: 5/8/2014 9:00:50 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Casablanca Model CA-54101

    View  model CA-54101
    CA-54101 - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/casablanca/model.asp?ProdNo=CA-54101

    QUESTION: Will remote automatically work with this fan or will I have to do any rewiring? The ceiling fan I have is worried directly and not to a wall switch.

    ANSWER: This remote is only designed to work with specific Casablanca ceiling fans, so the answer depends on the fan that you already have. The receiver wires into the canopy at the ceiling. No extra wiring is necessary to install the receiver aside from connecting it to the existing ceiling wiring and to the fan wiring. Please contact us to discuss your particular fan model.

  10. Question #9492 - Posted: 5/8/2014 8:47:59 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Emerson Model CFB65-2000-AB

    View  model CFB65-2000-AB
    CFB65-2000-AB - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/emerson/model.asp?ProdNo=CFB65-2000-AB

    QUESTION: can i use the b65dm dark mahogony bentwood blades with the CF 2000ORB housing and motor. It would require ORB connections from blade to motor.

    ANSWER: No, these blades will only fit the Emerson Maui Bay ceiling fan blade holders. They are not made to work with any other model or brand. Not only because they will not fit, but the fan motor must be designed to handle the additional torque that larger blades like this create. Most blades are not interchangeable between models or brands.

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