11 Ceiling Fans for Winter: Best Fans That Can Be Used During Winter!

ceiling fans for winterDid you know that ceiling fans can make your home comfortable and save you money not only in summer but also in winter? Yes you hear it right!

Well, since you are here, you probably know this. Furthermore, you are probably looking for a ceiling fan to save money in winter with!

Below, we will give you a few tips on choosing a winter ceiling fan, as well as will overview what we think are the best ceiling fans for winter out there!

Ceiling fan direction in winter vs summer

Ceiling Fan Direction During Winter or Summer

Ceiling fans are mostly associated with cooling in summer, but they also are used in winter for the opposite purpose.

In summer, fans cool you down by moving the air around and creating a breeze. Usually, in the “cooling mode”, ceiling fans rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down from the ceiling and moving it around.

If a ceiling fan was to rotate its fans clockwise, it would instead pull air up from the floor. This is beneficial due to the tendency of warm air to rise up due to its low density.

In the winter mode, the ceiling fan pulls cool air up from the floor, displaces the warm air that’s closer to the ceiling, and forces the latter to descend and move around the room. This process is called destratification.

There is no direct heating of air involved here (if you don’t count waste heat from the motor) – ceiling fans achieve a heating effect by just moving warm air towards the floor. Likewise, ceiling fans do not cool air down in summer, unlike ACs.

Can you use ceiling fans during winter?

What the circulation of warm allows you to do is to use your heating system less. Furthermore, what this implies is reduced costs of heating. According to the Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas, some research has claimed up to around 20-30% heating cost reduction associated with the use of ceiling fans in winter.

One thing to keep in mind here is that the energy savings will be more noticeable in rooms with taller ceilings. This is because in such rooms, the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is higher.

At home, you probably won’t be seeing 30% of heating cost reduction. But even if the benefit is just 5%, it could be worth it.

How to know if your ceiling fan can be used during winter?

The most important feature to look for in a winter ceiling fan is reversible blade rotation. Nearly all ceiling fans out there are designed for cooling by default, but some do allow you to reverse the motor to achieve the desired clockwise rotation.

All of the ceiling fan options we will be talking about below have reversible motors.

While a reverse speed is key to a fan’s ability to destratify air in winter, there are two other things to consider as well:

  • Running a ceiling fan in winter incurs additional electricity costs. This means that you should try to get a high-efficiency ceiling fan. Besides, keep in mind that if the difference between the temps of air on the floor and ceiling is low, the cost of running the fan may overweigh the benefits. At the very least, your ceiling fan shouldn’t consume too many watts per hour. Besides, it should deliver higher airflow per each watt produced (calculated with the CFM/wattage formula).
  • A ceiling fan is a long-term purchase, so you should also be thinking about the desired fan’s feasibility in summer. With that said, a fan that is great for summer – that is, has high airflow, is efficient, and allows you to adjust motor speed to save energy – will likely be great for winter as well. Don’t focus on getting a good ceiling fan for winter use – instead, focus on getting a good summer ceiling fan with a reverse mode. A ceiling fan that creates a good breeze in summer will move air around more effectively in winter.

11 Best Ceiling Fans For Winter

Emerson Carrera Grande ECO 60 Ceiling Fan

Emerson Carrera Grande ECO 60 DC EcoMotor

The Emerson Carrera Grande ECO 60 ceiling fan is a good option if you have the money to spend on high performance and high efficiency.

The key feature of this ceiling fan is the efficient Emerson DC EcoMotor that’s claimed to be up to 3 times more efficient than typical ceiling fan motors. Consuming up to 33 watts of energy, this motor is claimed to deliver up to $100 savings over the span of 18 months.

Aside from efficiency, the EcoMotor is promised to live longer and run cooler than typical ceiling fan motors. The noise level of the motor is also reduced thanks to its DC operation.

Remarkably, the EcoMotor also has optical sensors that allow it to recognize the span of the mounted blades. The motor is designed to set the optimal 6 speed modes automatically based on the blade length.

The airflow of the Carrera Grande ECO ceiling fan is also notable – it’s 7,929 CFM, which makes the CFM/watt rating of this thing be around 240 at peak 33 watts. Besides, this fan delivers a decent amount of cooling breeze. It should likewise be good at moving warm air around in winter.

Fans like this allow for up to 40% savings on cooling in summer. Besides, such a high amount of airflow should be great for bigger rooms.

This ceiling fan is also UL Damp-rated, so you could use it in humid areas (but not under direct exposure to water).

Specifications

Motor33 Watts, 120 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible DC EcoMotor
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow7929 CFM
LightYes, optional
FinishOil Rubbed Bronze
RemoteYes, sold separately
ListingsUL listed for Dry or Damp
Number of Blades5
ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Dependable, quiet, and efficient motor.
  • Reversible motor for winter use.
  • 7,929 CFM of strong airflow.
  • UL Damp rating.
  • Adaptable 6 motor speeds.

Cons

  • Comes with a hefty price

Minka Aire Artemis XL5 Ceiling Fan

 Minka-Aire Artemis XL5 LED 62-inch Ceiling Fan in Silver

If you’re looking for an eye-catching ceiling fan, then there are only a few fans out there that will be better than the Artemis XL5 fan by Minka Aire. The peculiar design of this ceiling fan won’t be liked by everyone, but it may work well with the right interior.

Aside from a remarkable design, the Artemis XL5 ceiling fan delivers excellent performance. Producing up to 9,160 CFM of air, the Artemis XL5 fan should be a great option for any room size. Aside from that, such airflow allows for a high breeze rating, so the Artemis XL5 should deliver noticeable benefits both in winter and summer.

In terms of efficiency, the Minka Aire Artemis XL5 fan is great as well – it consumes up to just 39 watts and has a CFM/watt rating of 235.

The one thing that this fan doesn’t have is moisture-resistant blades and motor, but this won’t be a problem in indoor-only use.

Specifications

Motor39 Watts, 110 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow9,160 CFM
LightYes
FinishDistressed Koa
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades5
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Delivers 9,160 CFM of air.
  • Creates a strong breeze.
  • Very efficient.
  • Integrated 17W LED light.
  • Reversible functionality.

Cons

  • Won’t look good for everybody.
  • Only for indoor use.
  • Expensive.

Reiga 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

 reiga 52-in Ceiling Fan with LED Light Kit Remote Control Modern Blade Noiseless Reversible Motor

This 52-inch ceiling fan by Reiga is a good option if you are looking for a not too expensive ceiling fan for winter.

The Reiga ceiling fan isn’t as efficient as the Emerson ceiling fans, but it’s pretty decent – it consumes up to 35 watts of power, delivers airflow of up to 6,477 CFM, and has a CFM/watt ratio of around 185.

To allow you to save a little more money, this ceiling fan has a timer function that allows you to run the fan for 1/2/4/8 hours. Aside from that, you have 6 speeds to choose from. The Reiga fan is also suitable for use in damp locations thanks to its moisture-proof blades.

Now, this is a fairly cheap fan, so what’s the catch here?

Well, Reiga doesn’t include some necessary hardware such as batteries for the remote or electrical caps or crimpers. The instructions also seem to be poorly written – or rather, poorly translated to English.

With that said, this ceiling fan has been highly-rated by buyers, and given the money, the downsides aren’t that critical.

Specifications

Motor35 Watts, 120 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible DC Motor
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow6477 CFM
LightYes, 12 Watts
FinishBright White
RemoteYes
ListingsDry or Damp rate
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Great use during winter.
  • Not too pricey.
  • 6,477 CFM airflow.
  • Fairly efficient.
  • Suitable for damp locations.
  • Has a timing function.
  • Integrated LED light with 3 color temperature modes.

Cons

  • No batteries included for the remote.
  • Some minor hardware like caps or crimpers is not included.
  • Poor instructions.

Quorum 72-Inch Windmill Ceiling Fan

Quorum Windmill 72-inch Indoor Ceiling Fan in Oiled Bronze

There are some aesthetics to ceiling fans as well, and if you care about them quite a bit, then this 72-inch windmill fan by Quorum may be a good option for you. Check out more windmill-style ceiling fans options.

This ceiling fan is fairly powerful and efficient, but its look is a big part of its charm. It has a beautiful rustic design, with the whopping 15 blades making a sizable contribution to its attractive appearance.

With that said, the huge number of blades isn’t necessarily an advantage since increasing the number of blades brings diminishing returns in terms of efficiency and airflow. In other words, this ceiling fan isn’t the very best option in terms of efficiency.

The numbers look good though – the Quorum ceiling delivers 6,486 CFM of air, consumes up to 34 watts of power, and has a CFM/watt rating of around 191. With that said, its performance report claims that this ceiling fan delivers a light breeze that’s noticeably weaker than in the Emerson Carrera ceiling fans.

With all that in mind, we reiterate that this ceiling fan is the best option if aesthetics is as important to you as performance, if not more important.

Specifications

Motor33 Watts, 120 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow6,486 CFM
LightNot included
FinishOiled Bronze
RemoteYes, sold separately
ListingsUL Dry or Damp
Number of Blades15
Parts and ManualParts, Manual

Pros

  • Reverse functionality.
  • Beautiful rustic design.
  • Good energy efficiency.
  • Airflow of 6,486 CFM.
  • UL Damp-rated.

Cons

  • Very expensive.
  • Will deliver only a moderate breeze.

Monte Carlo Maverick 60-Inch Ceiling Fan

Monte Carlo Maverick LED 60-inch Indoor Ceiling Fan in Brushed Steel

The Monte Carlo Maverick 60-inch ceiling fan is a highly-efficient ceiling fan that could save you plenty of money both in summer and winter. This fan isn’t as high capacity as the Emerson Carrera fans, but it’s equally as efficient.

Delivering 6,687 CFM of airflow and consuming up to 27 watts, the Maverick fan boasts a CFM/watt rating of 248. Not only that, but this ceiling fan delivers a strong breeze that’s on par with the Carrera fans’ airflow.

The Maverick ceiling fan perhaps isn’t as eye-catching as the Quorum fan, but it has got a more reasonable number of fan blades. It’s also a little sleeker and will probably fit more interiors that the Quorum fan would.

Specifications

Motor27 Watts, 110 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow6,687 CFM
LightNot included
FinishDark Walnut
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry or Damp
Number of Blades3
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Pros

  • UL Damp rating.
  • Delivers a good breeze.
  • 6,687 CFM airflow.
  • Very efficient.
  • Reverse functionality.

Cons

  • Pricey.

Emerson Tilo CF130WW Ceiling Fan

Emerson Tilo Ceiling Fan Model CF130WW-LK130WW in Gloss White with Appliance White blades

The Emerson Tiol CF130WW ceiling fan is a good option if you have a smaller area to cool in summer and heat in winter. It’s inexpensive and has everything needed for smaller spaces.

The blade span here is just 30 inches, and the airflow is likewise reduced – just 2,278 CFM. With that said, we’ve had a peek at Hansen Wholesale’s report on this fan’s air movement performance, and it does seem to deliver a solid breeze in spite of its low airflow.

In terms of efficiency though, this ceiling fan isn’t the best – it consumes just 42 watts of power, but due to the low airflow, it has airflow efficiency of just 54 CFM/watt. For each consumed watt, this ceiling fan will deliver less air than more powerful options.

With that said, the 4 speed settings should allow for decent flexibility when it comes to balancing performance and efficiency.

Specifications

Motor42 Watts, 110 Volts, 4-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow2,278 CFM
LightYes, sold separately
FinishAppliance White
RemoteYes, wall control
ListingsUL Dry or Damp
Number of Blades3
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Not too expensive.
  • Great for smaller rooms.
  • Delivers a solid breeze.
  • Low power consumption.
  • Approved for damp locations.

Cons

  • Not too efficient.

Hunter Dempsey 44-Inch Ceiling Fan

Hunter Dempsey 44 Light Ceiling Fan Model 59246 in Fresh White With Reversible Fresh White Blonde Oak Composite Blades

With its around 3,000 CFM airflow, the Hunter Dempsey ceiling fan is a fairly good option for not too big rooms – most likely, this fan will work decently with up to around 140 square feet rooms.

The power consumption of the Dempsey ceiling fan is quite low as well – up to 43-44 watts. Paired with the airflow, the low power consumption allows for around 70 CFM/watt airflow efficiency, noticeably higher than in the low-capacity Emerson Tilo ceiling fan.

What the Dempsey fan also has is integrated light – two 9.8W LED bulbs, to be precise, which should be fairly enough for the areas where this fan will work the best.

We’ve again had a look at Hansen Wholesale’s performance report, and it seems that this fan delivers a very good breeze. However, even though we are sure that the report is on this exact model (the model numbers are identical), the airflow numbers are very different. Our numbers were taken from Hunter’s website, so we aren’t really sure what the discrepancy is about.

We’d personally go with Hunter’s numbers though.

Hunter Dempsey 44 Light Ceiling Fan Model 59246 in Fresh White
This fan has a reversible switch located just below glass shade.

Specifications

Motor44 Watts, 110 Volts, 3-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow2,997 CFM
LightYes
FinishFresh White/Blonde Oak MDF Blades
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades3
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Value for money.
  • Good for not too big rooms.
  • Low power consumption.
  • Integrated LED lights.

Cons

  • Only for indoor use.
  • Relatively low efficiency.

Casablanca Wisp 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Casablanca Indoor Ceiling Fan with LED Light and Remote Control - Wisp 52 inch, Pewter, 59152

The Casablanca Wisp ceiling fan is a decent option if you want airflow and aren’t that worried about electrical efficiency.

The Wisp fan delivers up to 5,079 CFM of air with a moderate breeze. Aside from that, the Wisp fan has decent airflow efficiency of 78 CFM/watt.

With that said, the raw power consumption of this ceiling fan goes up to 65 watts at the max speed setting. This is relatively high, and if you care about efficiency, then you’d want to operate this fan on a lower setting or go for another fan.

But given that this ceiling fan isn’t too expensive and delivers good airflow, it’s a fairly decent option if you are on a budget and can’t afford the pricier and more efficient ceiling fans.

Specifications

Motor65 Watts, 120 Volts, 4-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow5079 CFM
LightYes
FinishPewter
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades3
WarrantyLifetime Motor Warranty, 1 year for parts

Pros

  • Fairly inexpensive.
  • Delivers 5,079 CFM of air.
  • Integrated 18W LED bulb.
  • Reversible functionality for summer and winter use.

Cons

  • For indoor use only.
  • Consumes up to 65 watts of power.

Honeywell Xerxes 62-Inch Ceiling Fan

Honeywell Ceiling Fans 50608-01 Xerxes Ceiling Fan

The Xerxes ceiling fan by Honeywell seems to be a decent option for smaller rooms. It’s not too expensive, has an 18W LED dimmable LED light that should do a good job in smaller spaces, and looks pretty sleek!

When it comes to numbers, we don’t have much to work with, unfortunately – we have only the energy guide on the Xerxes’ product page.

This guide claims a 911 CFM airflow and energy consumption of 38 watts. The airflow efficiency of this unit is thus around 24 CFM/watt, which is pretty low, but it’s a good thing that the raw power consumption of this fan is just 38 watts.

If these numbers are true, then this fan will be suitable for smaller rooms. Honeywell claims coverage of 400 square feet and larger, but given the numbers above, this fan will probably work better for 100 – 150 square feet areas.

This fan has a reversible functionality that enables its motor to downdraft in summer and updraft in winter.

Specifications

Motor38 Watts, 120 Volts, 3-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow911 CFM
LightYes
FinishBrushed Nickel
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades8
WarrantyLifetime Motor Warranty, 1 year for parts

Pros

  • Not too pricey.
  • Good option for smaller rooms.
  • Sleek look.
  • Integrated 18W LED light.
  • Reversible functionality.

Cons

  • Suitable only for indoor use.
  • Little information on airflow and power consumption.

Emerson Rah ECO Ceiling Fan

Emerson Rah ECO (DC EcoMotor) Ceiling Fan Model CF915W72ORB in Oil Rubbed Bronze with Walnut blades

The Emerson Rah ECO ceiling fan is a solid alternative to the Emerson Carrera ceiling fans if you don’t need their UL Damp rating. Besides, the Rah fan has a 30W array of LED lights producing 2,400 lumens, which should be enough for around 100-200 square feet areas according to Hunker.

In terms of airflow, the Rah ceiling fan is great – it delivers up to 7,407 CFM of air, consumes up to 33 watts of power, and has a CFM/watt rating of 224.

On the other hand, Hansen Wholesale’s report claims that the breeze feel produced by this fan is only moderate. They suggest that it’s due to the stock 72-inch blades, so you may want to switch to shorter blades to increase the breeze effect. But shorter blades will reduce the airflow of this thing, so keep that in mind.

The Rah ceiling fan also has the familiar EcoMotor that has adaptable motor speed, decreased noise level, increased durability, and great efficiency in general.

Specifications

Motor33 Watts, 110 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow7,407 CFM
LightYes
FinishSunburst Walnut
RemoteWall control
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades8
WarrantyLifetime Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Integrated 30W LED array.
  • Delivers 7,407 CFM of air.
  • Very efficient.
  • Adaptable motor speed.

Cons

  • Only includes wall control.
  • Not for outdoor use.
  • Low breeze rating.
  • Pricey.

Minka Aire Clean 60-Inch Ceiling Fan

MInka Aire Clean 60-inch LED Ceiling Fan In Grey Iron And Brushed Nickel

Finally, we have the Minka Aire Clean 60-inch ceiling fan that delivers the highest airflow on the list.

With a whopping CFM of 10,744, no room should be a match for this fan. Besides, Hansen Wholesale writes that it produces a lot of breeze, which can be beneficial both in summer and winter.

In terms of CFM per watt, the Clean ceiling fan is fairly decent – it produces 189 CFM per each consumed watt. With that said, the raw power consumption of this ceiling fan is 57 watts, which is fairly high. The high airflow capacity should still allow you to save money on cooling and heating.

Minka Aire also equipped this ceiling fan with a 15W light, but it probably will be underwhelming for the rooms that the Clean fan will work great in. It will allow you to use one less light fixture in the room though.

Specifications

Motor57 Watts, 110 Volts, 6-Speed Reversible DC Motor
Winter UseYes
Max Air Flow10,744 CFM
LightYes
FinishGrey Iron
RemoteYes
ListingsUL Dry
Number of Blades5
WarrantyLifetime Motor Warranty

Pros

  • Airflow of 10,744 CFM.
  • Produces a lot of breeze.
  • Quite efficient.
  • Integrated 15W light.

Cons

  • Cannot be used outdoors.
  • Consumes 57 watts.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, we’ve given each of the ceiling fans an overview that’s good enough. You should understand what each of them offers if you want to spend your money right.

Remember that you are buying a ceiling fan for year-round use. Don’t focus on winter – as mentioned above, a ceiling fan that’s good in summer will most likely be good in winter as well.

Think over your needs, carefully assess your budget, and you should be able to find that best ceiling fan for winter use!


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