The Pros And Cons Of Ceiling Fans (You Never Know)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

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Given that ceiling fans are renowned for their ability to cool a room, it’s easy to see why having a ceiling fan can be beneficial. Despite the various pros of having a ceiling fan, ceiling fans come with quite a few cons.

The pros of ceiling fans are that they are environmentally friendly, affordable tools that can increase airflow to cool and warm a room. The cons of ceiling fans are that they are noisy, difficult to clean, provide poor light, and can be dangerous to tall people.

Let’s explore a few pros and cons of ceiling fans to determine whether it is worthwhile for you to invest in a ceiling fan.

Pros Of Having A Ceiling Fan

Here are the pros of having a ceiling fan that may convince you that it is worthwhile to get a ceiling fan.

The Increase In Air Flow In A Room

Ceiling fans are particularly intriguing because they have the dual function of warming a cold room or cooling a warm room with the simple pull of a chain.

Ceiling fans can help cool you down by pushing air across your skin, a mechanism that speeds up what naturally occurs with sweat evaporation. This cooling function makes ceiling fans particularly useful for dry climates.

Set the ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise to increase airflow in warmer months. By setting the ceiling fan counterclockwise, you create a downdraft below the blades, which will spread the flow of cool air throughout the room.

To increase the flow of warm air in the winter months, set the ceiling fan to spin clockwise so that the fan blade’s direction is reversed. By reversing the fan blade’s direction, you cause the warm air drifting near the ceiling to circle around the perimeter of the room. 

Ceiling Fans Are Economically Efficient

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Compared to an air conditioning unit, ceiling fans are low maintenance and cost less to operate. Ceiling fans are relatively easily installed and do not require much when it comes to operational costs and maintenance.

While ceiling fans do require power, they consume far less energy in comparison to air conditioners, causing them to be more economically efficient.

In the event that your ceiling fan is giving you issues, the parts of the ceiling fan are relatively cheap, so it will not be costly to repair. 

An additional bonus is that it is unlikely that you will need a handy technician to repair the ceiling fan, unlike air conditioners. When it comes to fixing a ceiling fan, you will most likely need a screwdriver along with a few nuts and bolts. 


When it comes to ceiling fans being environmentally friendly, your first thought might be that ceiling fans do not require much power.

However, ceiling fans’ environmental impact extends beyond their low power consumption. Unlike air conditioners, ceiling fans do not emit harmful gases and pollutants that may be present when using air conditioners. 

Cons Of Having A Ceiling Fan

Here are a few cons of having a ceiling fan that may dissuade you from installing a ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fans Being Noisy

We often hear gushing sounds as the air moves swiftly when the wind blows. Given that ceiling fans encourage air to move rapidly to cool or warm a room, it is only natural that ceiling fans also generate noise.

You may find that the noise emitted from the ceiling fan increases if the ceiling fan has any screws loose, blades that have rusted, or the ceiling fan has simply deteriorated over time.

The noise generated by ceiling fans can sometimes be somewhat overwhelming. You may find yourself enjoying a cool breeze that has become insignificant compared to the frustration your ears are feeling because of the noise emitted from the ceiling fan. 

Hard To Clean

Ceiling fans are, as the name states, attached to the ceiling. The ceiling fan’s location can make maintenance of a ceiling fan particularly challenging, as it becomes hard to reach the ceiling fan without a ladder.

Ceiling fans tend to gather dust if not used often and cleaned regularly. While taking a broom or mop might be most accessible, it will not get the job done as efficiently as climbing up a ladder and wiping each blade, which can be pretty cumbersome. 

The Poor Light Provided

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Most ceiling fans are fitted with built-in lights. Given that ceiling fans generally go in the center of the room, the light from your ceiling fan is most likely going to be the room’s primary source of light.

Given that ceiling fan lights do not provide sufficient task lighting, you will likely need to implement additional fixtures for your room to have adequate lighting in your room. 

The installation of these additional light fixtures may be costly and cumbersome. The extra effort and expenses caused by a ceiling fan’s poor lighting can be a negative aspect of installing a ceiling fan.

The Danger For Tall People

 If your house has low ceilings, it might not be ideal for you to have a ceiling fan. 

If the individuals in your household are tall, having a ceiling fan could be seen as an accident waiting to happen. 

Apart from the risk of them getting knocked when the fan is on, they are likely to have to bend every time they walk past the fan, which no one would want to do in their home each day. 


Ceiling fans are ideal cooling and heating mechanisms that can be energy efficient and budget-friendly. However, if your household members are tall or prefer peace and quiet, ceiling fans may not be ideal for your home due to the noise they emit and the danger they pose to tall individuals.

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.