This factor could easily come first in the decision-making process if you're looking for a fan that, say, has a remote control. If a particular ceiling fan function is important you, you may want to use
it as your guidepost as you search for the best fan.
Ceiling Fans with Lights
Many ceiling fans feature light fixtures, or may have the option of including or capping a light fixture (masking it from view). In turn, those fixtures may be dimmable, function independently of the fan
and/or come with a remote control function. Consider all these options before your fan purchase.
Variable Speeds / Directional Spin
Another feature to consider is how many speeds you would like your ceiling fan to have. Three speeds are common (low, medium and high), but some fans come with more or fewer options.
If you live in a location with seasonal climes, you may also want to consider a multidirectional ceiling fan that can create updraft as well as downdraft. Since warm air rises and cool air settles lower,
a ceiling fan that can create an updraft at low speeds will draw cool air up and push warm air down along the walls of the room to help keep your home warmer in winter.
In some cases, ceiling fans will support alternate blades that can change the look and performance of the fan. This is a luxury feature and one that basically makes it possible to showcase more than one
style with the same model.
Eco-Friendly Ceiling Fans
It's not a stretch to say that all ceiling fans are eco-friendly when you consider how much energy (and money) they can save when compared to other home heating and cooling options, but there are some fans
that exceed even this common measure.
These particular ceiling fans may be designated as eco-friendly due to how much air they can move with minimum power output, or because they have officially earned recognition
as an ENERGYSTAR® appliance.