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Best Low Profile, Flush Mounted Ceiling Fans (Reviews / Ratings)

by Felisberto Silva

Flush mount fans differ from regular fans because the motor mounts are flush to the ceiling rather than hanging from a stem.

The savings in height can be substantial, up to 8 inches. On shorter ceilings, flush mounts are the fan of choice. Then again, that may be your only choice.

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Topics: Casablanca, Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

Best Traditional Ceiling Paddle Fans (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Monica Kao

Traditional never really goes out of style. I consider traditional like timeless. Traditional ceiling fans can be formal or ornate, inspired by classic architectural styles that can add warmth to a space.

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Topics: Ceiling Fans, Traditional

Best Large Ceiling Fans (Reviews / Ratings)

by Amy Zuckerman

There is a brand that popularized large fans called Big Ass Fan Company. They have done a great job marketing to a niche. However, they are not the only company to produce a very good large fan. There are better, less expensive alternatives.

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Topics: Ceiling Fans

Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Amy Zuckerman

Outdoor fans have become popular as our lifestyle has expanded to include the outdoors. We will look at how paddle fans work and what constitutes an outdoor versus indoor fan. Then I will show you a few fans to consider.

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Topics: Ceiling Fans

Best New Contemporary Ceiling Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Dagmar Hemp

Contemporary ceiling fans have “blown” onto the scene with more excitement than ever. For many years if you were looking into contemporary fans you would have to spend a fortune for really what amounted to a basic fan in a metallic finish.

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Topics: Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

Best Paddle Fans Under $349 for Homes (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

You don't have to spend a fortune to buy a really decent fan. In the 1980's and 1990's, Casablanca owned the fan business but their designer fans were often $500 and higher. However their fans stayed the same and have been outsold significantly by other brands and more specifically Minka Aire.

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Topics: Ceiling Fans, Lighting

5 Best Brushed Nickel Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Dagmar Hemp

It's been widely reported for years that ceiling fans help with energy bills, circulating heat and cool air in living spaces. In recent years, they also (like light bulbs and appliances) have become more energy efficient.

Older ceiling fans consumed 100 watts to run the motor, many newer ones need only 49 watts. Another great improvement is that, many lights on fans are LED, a wonderful benefit for a fan on a high ceiling. LED light bulbs have an average 22 year life span, so you do not have to reach up and change the bulb as often.

In this article, we'll go over one of the most popular finishes for ceiling fans, brushed nickel, and feature some of our favorite brushed nickel fans. 

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Topics: Ceiling Fans

How to Choose a Paddle Fan (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Dagmar Hemp

Ceiling fans have been popular for so many years- we all know they save energy by circulating cool air thus raising the thermostat, and sending warm air down from a high ceiling. But before choosing one (or more) there will be some factors to narrow down your search.

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Topics: Casablanca, Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

10 Best Minka-Aire Paddle Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

How to Use a Paddle Fan

You probably think ceiling fans are just seasonal products but they can actually be used all year round. In the summer time you can use a ceiling fan to stay cool.

Paddle fans do not change the actual temperature and operate similarly to wind chill in the winter. It changes the perceived temperature on your skin by fanning the heat away from your body. 

In the winter, by reversing the fan, you will be redistributing warm air from the ceiling throughout the room

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Topics: Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

Best Small Bedroom and Living Room Paddle/Ceiling Fans

by Roger Pontes

Ceiling fans can be used all year round. Some people think it’s a seasonal product but it’s actually not. In the summer you can use it to keep cool and in the winter use it to move warm air around the room. Heat rises so it is a good idea to have a ceiling fan to move that hot air around the room when you have your heater on.

Standard ceiling fans are normally 44” and 52” in blade span. Some people may have a small room that requires a smaller ceiling fan. There aren't many good looking small fans. However, we detail the best below.

You should really consider CFM or cubic foot per minute. This is a measurement of how many cubes of air the fan actually moves. One fan in particular will surprise you.

The Best Small Ceiling Fans

Spacesaver 26” by Minka-Aire - F510-WH ($150-$175)

  • 26” 3 Blades with a 14 Degree Blade Pitch
  • Flush Mount Install Ideal For Low Ceilings (10 ¾” total height)
  • 4-Speed Full Range Dimmer Wall Control (Optional Remote Control Sold Separately)
  • 50W Integrated Halogen Light
  • Airflow CFM of 1,250
  • Available in White, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Brushed Steel Finishes
  • Lifetime Motor Warranty

Supra 32” by Minka-Aire - F562-BS ($130-$150)

  • 3-Speed Pull Chain Control
  • Universal Light Kit Adaptable (Sold Separately)
  • 32” 6-Ply Warp Resistant with a 22 Degree Blade Pitch
  • Lifetime Motor Warranty
  • Wall Control or Remote Control Adaptable (Sold Separately)
  • Available in White, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Brushed Steel Finishes
  • Airflow CFM of 5,995

Sundance 42” by Minka-Aire - F572-ORB ($150-$160)

  • 42” 5 Blades with a 12 Degree Blade Pitch
  • Stainless Steel Hardware and All Weather Blades
  • 3-Speed Pull Chain Control (Remote or Wall control sold separately)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Use UL Listed for Wet Locations
  • Light Kits Sold Separately
  • Airflow CFM of 3,064
  • Available in White or Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Lifetime Motor Warranty

Wailea 31” by Casablanca – 41U45D ($219)

  • Traditional Indoor/Outdoor fan
  • 31” Blade Span
  • Available in White, Brushed Nickel, and Brushed Cocoa
  • (6) Blades at 25 Degrees Pitch
  • 3-Speed Pull Chain Control
  • Airflow CFM of 3,127

My Opinion

If you’re looking for a small fan to get some good air movement and keep your room cool, I would recommend the Minka Aire Supra 32”. This small ceiling fan has an airflow CFM of 5,995. That is more CFM than most 52” ceiling fans. It’s also available in some of the most popular finishes such as Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and White. For $150 you can get this good quality ceiling fan with a lifetime motor warranty. You can also add a light kit as well.

Couple of additional notes. You need at least a 7 foot ceiling by most state codes to acommodate a fan. Also, turn off the fan when you are not in the room. Paddle fans work by wind chill or perceived temperature on your skin. They do not actually lower the temperature.

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Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 9 years. He truly enjoys helping people and spending time playing basketball and riding motorcycles.

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Topics: Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

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