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Ceiling Fan Selection
When the time comes to buy a ceiling fan, you will be surprised at the vast selection now available. Years ago, if you wanted a ceiling fan, you purchased a wood grain fan, and you put it up. That was about as exciting as the selection process was. However, in today's market, you will find every color, shape, and design, all with a choice of hardware, speeds, and even remote control.

All ceiling fans are given a specific grade, allowing you to know how its performance is rated. The Performance Grade represents ceiling fans that are durable, designed with larger size motors, have one or two functional speeds, and are quiet when being operated. This type of ceiling fan can be operated one day after another, all year round. The look of this ceiling fan is traditional, although new designs and styles have been created. These ceiling fans are also reasonably priced, ranging from $189 to $300. Additionally, you can purchase designer styles that will run as high as $1,000.

The Medium Grade ceiling fans are created to offer the consumer a good price. In fact, the construction of the ceiling fan, the motor, and the components and hardware were all selected for their reasonable price. While not quite at the same level as the Performance Grade, the Medium Grade fans do offer durability and function. Most experts in the lighting industry agree that the Medium Grade fan is perfect for rooms with ceiling as high as 12 feet. Additionally, this grade is perfect if the fan will be running 12 hours or less. Generally, the Medium Grade ceiling fan runs from $99 to $149, with the designer styles as high as $300.

The next grade is the Moderate or Economy Grade ceiling fan. For these fans, price is the ultimate decision factor. The motors and other components are selected based on the lowest price available, rather than on performance. A step down from the Medium Grade ceiling fan, you will still find durability and function. Typically, the Moderate or Economy Grade fan works best in a room with a ceiling height of no more than eight feet. Additionally, you would not want to run these ceiling fans more than eight hours at a time. Ceiling fans in this grade level are priced from $49 to $149.

One-step below the Moderate Grade is the Contractor Grade. Again, these ceiling fans are for the budget-minded consumer. In most cases, the Contractor Grade is installed by a building contractor or electrician, which would not necessarily be the type of fan people, would consider installing in their home. Finally, the Promotional Grade ceiling fan is not worth the time or money and many home improvement stores will not even carry this grade. The fans tend to move less air around, are noisy, and have finishing flaws. Although you can purchase a Promotional Grade ceiling fan for as little as $19.99, you would be better to wait until you can afford a better grade.

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