Ceiling fans do more than just upgrading or complementing your indoor décor.
They boost the comfort of your home by cooling the room and may help a homeowner save a big deal of money on energy bills.
When shopping for a ceiling fan for your manufactured home, you need to pay extra attention to the size of space the fan can comfortably cool. That’s why, later in this guide, we will list a few options based on the size of space.
6 Must Have Features For Manufactured Home Ceiling Fans
Here are a few features you need to look for in a fan
1. Motor size & blade pitch
Look at the blade pitch and the size of the motor and compare them across two or more fans.
The motor is one of the most critical parts of the fan.
Look for a fan with a premium motor. When it comes to the pitch of the blade, a higher pitch is always the best because it means your fan will move more air.
Still, you will need to consider the size of the room and how you plan to use it. For instance, there is no point in buying a large fan for a small bedroom.
2. Workmanship & design
Remember that your fan will hang on your ceiling its entire life, delivering service and being gazed at by visitors.
Thus, you would consider beauty just as seriously as you’d with functionality – the fan should be both functional and appealing to look at.
Don’t choose one of those run-of-the-mill badly styled options; go for something with an innovative design.
3. Presence or absence of lighting fixture
This can depend on the type of fan you are after, but overlook the fact that you can use the fan as a source of lighting. Some fans come with integrated lighting while others focus on cooling the space.
This is closely related to the beauty factor and the type of décor in your space.
Obviously, you want a fan with a finish that rhymes with your décor. You don’t want to install a gold-finished fan in a space with a dark or white theme.
5. Control options
Fans come with accessories that help you to adjust speeds and levels of lighting if they are integrated with lights. There are three control options:
- Pull chain
- Remote control
- Wall control
They come with a chain or special cord that you pull to adjust the speed
They are sold with remote controls to help you make adjustments from a distance
They come with a switch that must be installed on a wall from where you can make adjustments to the fan
6. Efficiency and type of motor
The motor determines the noise level as well as the efficiency of the fan. The motor can be DC or AC. DC motors are lightweight and produce less heat. That means they are efficient compared to AC motors.
How to Select the Best Ceiling Fan perfect for Your Space – 6 Types
Fans are not made the same way even though they are made for the same purpose.
Your choices will be influenced by an array of factors such as the location you wish to install it, style, size of the room, etc.
1. Fans with lights
These 2-in-1 fans serve to light up your space and cool it at the same time.
Some of them support complementary light kits if the manufacturer didn’t incorporate a fixed light on them.
If your space has a layered lighting design, this is the best class of fans for it.
The biggest advantage of these fans is their cost-effectiveness as you don’t need to spend extra money on lighting fixtures.
Take a look at these options from Home Depot and Amazon:
This fan comes with 5 reversible blades and 2 LED bulbs each rated 9.8-Watts. It is powerful yet quiet, thanks to WhisperWindmotor technology.
The sleek design of this fan, plus its 5 silvery blades, will enhance your living space. It is remote controlled and comes with one LED light underneath it.
The speed of this fan is controlled by pulling a chain. A LED light has been included beneath it. The multi-speed motor barely whispers.
2. Fans without lights
This type of fan focuses on the job of cooling your space and lets you make the lighting decisions on your own. Their maintenance cost is lower compared to the lit alternatives.
Here are a few gorgeous non-lit fans from Home Depot:
This 4-blade fan comes in a minimalistic design perfect for compact spaces. It can be installed on sloped, standard, and flush mount configurations, but comes with no lights.
This 3-speed Energy Star rated fan is great for large rooms. You can install it downrod, close to the ceiling, or slope. The distressed oak blades give it good looks.
3. Ceiling Fans Based on room size
Your choice of ceiling fans will be influenced by the size of your space. Besides the general capacity of the space, you need to pay more attention to the height of the ceiling from the floor level. The blade of the fan is directly proportional to the size of the space – the longer the blade, the larger the room.
Ceiling fan size guide
|BLADE SPAN||GOOD FOR||ROOM SIZE|
|29” – 36”||Bathrooms, Utility Rooms, Breakfast Nooks||Up to 75 sq. ft.|
|42” – 48”||Kitchens, Bedrooms, Dining Rooms||Up to 175 sq. ft.|
|52” – 56” **||Large Bedrooms, Media Rooms, Media Rooms||Up to 350 sq. ft.|
|60″ or larger**||Very Large Rooms, Other Very Large Spaces||over 350 sq. ft|
**These sizes are larger than even the largest spaces found in most manufactured homes
Ceiling fans for small rooms – up to 70 sq. Ft
These fans are great for small spaces such as the bedroom, bathroom, and utility rooms.
They come with a blade span of 48”.
Here are some perfect options for a small room:
Dempsey 44 in. Low Profile LED Indoor Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Universal Remote
One of the best options you can choose for your small space, this 3-bladed fan is remote controlled and incorporates the WhisperWind motor technology that delivers quiet yet powerful cooling.
One of the cheapest 5-blade fans for small spaces. It comes with 3 LED bulbs and rustic oil rubbed bronze finish. The blades are reversible.
This 3-blade fan comes with an integrated LED module that supports up to 3 color temperatures: white, soft white, and daylight. The blades are reversible.
Yet another minimalistic fan great for small spaces. It is cheap and comes with Schoolhouse light kit complete with frosted glass.
Ceiling fans for large rooms – up to 175 sq. ft.
These fans are perfect for kitchen, bedroom, living room, and any other space measuring up to 175 sq. ft. Some fans in this category can service rooms as large as 350 sq. ft.
The length of the blade found in these fans measure between 48” and 56”.
This 5-blade fan is great for your medium-sized and large rooms. It comes with a quite high-performance motor and a LED bulb. The blades are reversible. The price is also affordable.
The process of installing this fan will be easy because it comes with quick install mounting brackets. It is remote controlled and has an integrated LED light kit. Good for a medium-sized room.
The 5-blade fan is made from Brazilian Cherry Harvest. Other great features include quiet operation enabled by WhisperWind moto technology and an adaptable light kit are some of the things you’d expect from any fan.
It is a sleek fan with 6 reversible silver/seasoned wood blades. The powerful DC motor is perfect for cooling medium and large spaces. A LED light has been added beneath it.
Ceiling fans for very large rooms – over 350 sq. ft.
These fans work well in spaces larger than 350 sq. Ft.
This can mean the ceiling is very high or the floor is very expansive. They come with blades at least 56” long.
Because manufactured homes seldom come with large spaces, we will not go further to list these fans.
4. Ceiling fan finishes
We mentioned earlier how the beauty of the fan is just as important as the functionality. Besides the design of the fan, the finish can turn the fan into a gem or an eyesore, but this can also depend on the decor in your home. You want the finish of the fan to synch with your indoor décor.
The manufacturer can decide to add any finish on the fan, but these are some of the commonly used coats:
Oil rubbed bronze finish is very popular on indoor fans. It’s a chemically darkened coat designed to simulate real aged bronze. It varies between dark gray to deep chocolate brown although it may carry copper undertones sometimes.
A few examples:
Often referred to as brushed nickel of Satin Nickel, this plating is often added on brass surfaces that have been dulled. This finish looks very much like brushed aluminum or stainless steel. As such, it goes well with décor that emphasizes on brushed aluminum or stainless steel.
A few examples:
Kensgrove 72 in. Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Remote Control
This finish is achieved by coating the surface of the fan with a thin layer of chrome. Chrome is a renowned electroplating metal, but the application here is solely for decorative purposes and probably to add some anti-corrosion properties. The silvery appearance of these fans goes well with white and gold décor.
Take a glance at these stylish fans with Chrome finish:
Huber 52 in. Indoor Chrome Downrod Mount Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Fan with Light and Remote Control
Marchand 48 in. Indoor Chrome Downrod Mount Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Fan With Light And Remote Control
5. Color-based finish
If the manufacturer doesn’t use specifically designed finishes, they may opt for simple coatings with often used colors: white, black, or brown.
6. Ceiling fan mounting types
All ceiling fans are split into three groups based on how they are mounted on your ceiling:
- Flush-mount fans
- Downrod fans
- Angled fans
Each of these types requires different mounting hardware.
Flush mount fans
These fans are attached directly to the surface of the ceiling without using a cord. They are the best type of fans for bedrooms, home offices, and family rooms because you don’t want them hanging lowly on your head.
Some cool examples:
Ashby Park 52 in. White Color Changing Integrated LED Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Remote Control
Besides the fact that you will attach it directly to the wall, another impressive thing about it is that the integrated LED light kit removes the need for replacing the bulbs. It is cordless.
The 5 Marple and Walnut blades measure 52″ are complemented with LED light bulbs and up to 5 finishes. It is cordless – you will install it directly on the ceiling. The blades are reversible.
You can select warm white, daylight, or soft white color temperatures, but, more importantly, you will install it directly on the ceiling without a cord.
This type of fan is installed to hang on the ceiling via a cord or rod. The length of the cord can vary depending on the size of your room and the height of the ceiling. They are perfect for any type of room of any size and ceiling height:
Here are some few examples:
Mara 54 in. White Color Changing Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Matte Black Ceiling Fan with Light and Remote Control
A magnetic light kit, dimmable integrated LED module (no bulbs) and a range color temperature options are some of the few impressive features that come with this fan.
You can opt for this 4-blade fan with a seeded glass light kit if you don’t like the flush-installed alternatives.
The matte black finish, the 3-speed reversible control, and the unique cage-style are some of the few likable features on this fan.
As the name suggests, this type of fan is installed at an acute angle, between 34 and 56 degrees from the ceiling. They are perfect for a sloped ceiling in any size of room. Because they are corded, they are considered to be a type of downrod fans.
Ceiling fans can be used to complement your air conditioning system.
Some of the features to look in a fan are the type of the motor (whether AC or DC), the general design, finish, whether the fan comes with lights or not, and even the cost.
Your choices can be influenced by your décor and type of mounting.