Despite the rising popularity of air-conditioning units, ceiling fans remain a popular home cooling option for homeowners. However, given the increasing demands of modern homeowners, ceiling fan manufacturers have to up their game in terms of design and functionality.
That said, there is no shortage of ceiling fans readily available in the market. This appliance is sold in different styles, colors and designs, and are packed with different features. More high-tech ones can even be integrated into a home system. Of course, this feature may not be necessary for those who are not tech-savvy, but certain modifications on the usual ceiling fan can prove to be helpful for a lot of people. Ceiling fans with remote control, for example, can be more helpful than one might think.
In this article, we will talk about the reasons why you should buy a remote-controlled ceiling fan.
Benefits of installing a remote-controlled ceiling fan
As can be reasonably expected, remote-controlled ceiling fans tend to cost more than those that come with a pull-chain or a wall switch. However, there are certain benefits to using a remote-controlled ceiling fan which makes the additional expense worth it. Here are some of its benefits:
- It is more accessible. The main benefit of choosing a remote-controlled ceiling fan is accessibility. If you have high ceilings, then a pull-chain is certainly out of the question. A wall switch would walk just fine though, but it would mean that you have to stand up and walk to the switch every time you need to turn the ceiling fan on or off, or whenever you have to adjust the settings. If you want to be able to adjust the settings without having to get up, then a remote-controlled ceiling fan is your best bet.
Choosing a remote-controlled ceiling fan is also particularly helpful if you are installing it in a room of someone with mobility issues or even in the room of your children. This way, it is easier for them to adjust the settings of the ceiling fan even without assistance.
- It makes it easier to install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. Opting for a remote-controlled ceiling fan is great if you want light fixtures attached to your ceiling fan. This is because attaching a light fixture to the ceiling fan would often necessitate running a fourth wire from the fan to the wall switch so as to be able to turn the lights on and off without affecting the ceiling fan itself. Getting a remote-controlled ceiling fan means that you can do away with too many wires in your electric circuit.
- You can use one remote control for multiple ceiling fans. If you have more than one ceiling fan installed in a particular area in your house and you do not want to have to adjust them one by one every single time, then having a remote control is the best option for you. You can configure each of your ceiling fans so that they can be operated using just one remote control. This way, you do not have to fumble with multiple wall switches or worse, go to each ceiling fan to tug on their pull-chains just to turn the fans on or off or to adjust their settings.
Installation of a remote-controlled ceiling fan
Possibly one of the biggest apprehensions homeowners have when it comes to installing a remote-controlled ceiling fan is the installation process. Fortunately, remote-controlled ceiling fans are not really all that difficult to install. In fact, it only entails a few additional steps in your installation process. And trust me, the added efficiency and accessibility make the extra steps worth it.
Of course, when you are installing a remote-controlled ceiling fan, you should start with the remote you will be using. Make sure that the remote receiver is fitted with the correct batteries and that the DIP switches are on. You should also prepare the junction box, making sure that it is in good condition and can support the weight of the ceiling fan you are installing. Once your remote receiver and DIP switches are all ready and wired up, you can proceed with the rest of your ceiling fan installation. To make sure that your remote receiver and DIP switches are properly set up, it is best to look at the user manual and carefully follow the instructions, especially since there will be steps with regard to proper wiring which could differ from one manufacturer to another. If you are uncomfortable with doing the wiring yourself, you could enlist the help of a professional to install your remote-controlled ceiling fan. A lot of electricians would not even charge you extra for installing a remote-controlled ceiling fan and when they do, the price difference is not substantial.
Once the remote is properly set up, you can proceed with installing the ceiling fan itself. When doing so, make sure that you identify each part properly so as not to avoid misplacing them. Start with installing the housing of the ceiling fan and carefully securing the same with screws.
If your remote-controlled ceiling fan comes with light fixtures, then you should also attach the bulb or lamp to the housing body. Check if the lights are working before you attach the blades and the shade so you do not have to take the fan apart again to fix the lights.
Again, if you are not comfortable in installing your remote-controlled ceiling fan yourself, then do not hesitate to enlist the services of a professional. This way, you can get the job done faster and you will not incur additional costs due to mistakes in the installation.
Having a remote-controlled ceiling fan may seem like a luxury but opting to buy such a model is actually practical in certain cases. Despite the additional costs, the accessibility and added convenience make the extra dollars you have to spend well worth it. That said, to determine whether you should buy a remote-controlled ceiling fan, you have to evaluate your needs at home, as well as the people who will be using it.