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How to Shop for a Ceiling Fan

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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Need a new ceiling fan? Been there. I’ve personally installed at least nine ceiling fans over the years—the first few with a colleague from This Old House magazine, others alongside pro electricians I was interviewing, and the last four on my own at home. In 2011, I even disassembled a fan motor while researching a ceiling-fan feature for Popular Mechanics; with the team there, I collected data and tried to chart the exact recommended blade diameter per square footage of a room and determined the ideal blade count, digging deep to find the true sweet spot of a fan’s cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air movement.

Westinghouse Comet 52-Inch Indoor Ceiling Fan, i’m a fan

Westinghouse Comet 52-Inch Indoor Ceiling Fan

I’m a fan
Silent, powerful, affordable, and understated, the Westinghouse Comet has everything you might want in a fan.
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Lutron Maestro Fan Control and LED+ Dimmer, a switch worth the switch

Lutron Maestro Fan Control and LED+ Dimmer

A switch worth the switch
This dual switch gives you as many speed settings as most fans offer, dims the fan’s light, and lets you control each function separately from the wall (not a pull chain).
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