Pros and Cons of Small Ceiling Fans

Generally, small ceiling fans are placed in small rooms to circulate air and measure from 16 to 51 inches although a 24 inch fan is a common size.

This article will help you decide whether or not it is desirable to install a small ceiling fan into your home by discussing the pros and the cons associated with them. 

The Pros of Using a Small Ceiling Fan

  • Small ceiling fans can be used as decorative elements within small rooms. For instance, a fan made from antique brass will add an attractive element to a room that incorporates antique furniture or rugs into the décor. There are many fan style options available that allow a suitable match for any decorative style. 
  • Small ceiling fans can also help to circulate air in a room to provide cooler air during the summer months and warmer air during the winter months. This is done by reversing the blade direction during the winter. Using a fan for this purpose will make a home more energy-efficient and cost-effective. 
  • Small ceiling fans have heavy duty motors and multiple blade speeds. It is possible to add a light to the fan--using a light kit. The fans can be purchased at a local hardware store or online for added convenience and a more competitive price. Most fans come with remote controls for ease of use while many have chain pulls. 
  • Ceiling fans serve to increase the value of a home so adding them before trying to sell a home would be an obvious benefit. They are often more quiet than their larger counterparts because they have less vibration.

The Cons of Using a Small Ceiling Fan

  • Ceiling fans may be difficult for a novice DIY enthusiast to install. It can take long amounts of time and will require dealing with electricity that can be dangerous if it is not properly shut off. It may be necessary to hire an electrician if the person carrying out the installation does not have enough experience to manage the wiring task. Hiring a professional will add expense to the project. 
  • These fans need regular cleaning and maintenance for them to continue working properly. Washing the blades can be a painfully time-consuming affair but this needs to be carried out to preserve the life of the fan motor as well as to maintain the fan's optimal performance. Maintenance should also include dusting and screw tightening. The fan needs to be balanced regularly--a possible time-consuming process. 
  • If the room's ceiling is low, it may be impossible for taller people to walk under the fan safely. 

Often, the decision to install a small ceiling fan can simply rest with the individual preferences of the homeowner. Although there are obvious advantages and disadvantages associated with ceiling fans, it is undeniable that they produce a certain amount of elegance to any indoor environment.