Reviews And Recommendations: Remote Control Ceiling Fans Vs Pull String

Though ceiling fans controlled by pull or switch are traditional, remote controlled fans are, hands down, the more convenient choice. How they work, where to find them, and what to expect to pay.

Ceiling fans have always been an energy efficient way to keep air moving and assist in heating or cooling a room. A ceiling fan blowing over a bed at night can keep sleepers from feeling hot and stifled, while allowing the luxury of being nestled deep in a pile of sheets and comforter. In a crowded room, ceiling fans can mean the difference between a fun gathering and a roomful of sweaty, irritable guests. But what's the best way to turn ceiling fans on and off?

Traditionally, ceiling fans have been controlled from a standard wall switch. While this has generally worked well enough, wall switches are not beautiful or particularly convenient, especially if you are lying in bed or standing on the other side of a crowded room. Not to mention the confusion your guests (or even you) might have in trying to decide which switch controls the fan when faced with several unlabeled switches.

Another traditional means of turning ceiling fans on and off is the fan pull. Unfortunately, the pull that comes with the standard ceiling fan is usually long enough only if you are six feet tall or your ceilings are very, very low. This lack has produced an entire market: that of the fan pull. Fan pulls, chain extensions usually featuring a decorative weight at the end, have become a collector's item. Fan pulls exist for nearly every interest or design scheme, and are usually inexpensive.

Of course, unless your fan is directly over your bed, or your large gathering space doesn't have high ceilings, fan pulls aren't necessarily a convenient option. There is, however, something better--the remote controlled fan.

Remote controlled fans have been around for years, so they've had time to come down in price and up in functionality. Most remote-controlled fans cost about the same as other fans, so you won't break your budget by purchasing one. In addition, you won't have to worry about yet another ugly remote control cluttering up your house--most fan remotes are small and can be mounted on the wall when not in use. In addition, these remote controls can take the place of wall switches altogether, controlling both the fan and your ceiling light.

For a bit more money, ceiling fans can be tied in with your climate control system and operated by one handheld device. If you have difficulty moving around or are otherwise occupied with a stationery task, this three-in-one would be perfect for you. And for someone who's really interested in luxury, many remote-controlled ceiling fans now come with heaters, which are great for one-room dwellings. These fans usually run about $350.

Still drawn to the fan pull but like the idea of controlling your fan from the comfort of your bed? Don't worry--many remote controlled fans come with fan pulls, and fans that aren't remote controlled can be converted with a little rewiring.

In this age of convenience and advanced technology, why settle for confusing wall switches or inconvenient fan pulls when you could control your climate in comfort? Remote controlled fans come in all styles and sizes, so you'll be sure to find one to fit your decor. Luxury on a budget has never been easier.

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