Ceiling Fan Controls

Written by Liza Hartung
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Ceiling fans used to be as simple to operate as turning a switch on or off. Then, we got different speed choices and lighting controls. However, that was as simple as turning on a switch or pulling a string. Nowadays, though, you can choose between wall controls and remote controls. You can control the speed of the fan, the lights, dimming and special features.

Your Choice of Controls

First know that most ceiling fans come with a basic operating system, usually something you attach to a wall outlet. If you have lights along with your fan, there will be switches for both. If you want something more advanced, however, you'll have to go out and buy it. Before you purchase, make sure the remote or wall control is compatible with the fan you have.

Many fan remotes allow you to reverse the spin of the fan. Reversing is the perfect thing to do in wintertime when all the warm air in your home gathers towards the ceiling. Reversing the direction of the fan will cause the warm air to be pulled downward. The opposite is true for summer months. If you utilize the fan in conjunction with your electric or gas heater, you'll save on your bills. Using a fan can affect the temperature of a room from three to 10 degrees.

As you look through fan controls, you'll come across some pretty amazing features. One feature causes the fan to slowly decrease in speed. Most people use this option at night while sleeping. As the room cools because the air outside is cooling, you don't need the fan to be as strong. In addition, some controls allow you to set the lights on fans to automatically turn off after two hours.


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