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.