No matter how cool your air-conditioning is, everyone tends to feel warmer when they are close to the action. Whether it’s doing homework with friends or watching TV, living rooms tend to be full of activity.
This means that you’re going to need something powerful enough for the room, but not so powerful that it will suck all of your money out through your light socket. The perfect ceiling fan for this room should be able to circulate the air well without making you want to huddle in a corner or put on another sweater just because you walked into the room.
The following six fans were chosen as examples for this article because they provide quality airflow at an affordable price point, and they won’t break the bank if you pick one up. You can find them at most major retailers such as Walmart and Lowe’s, but you should be able to get a good deal online if you do some searching.
Industry standard for ceiling fans is that the airflow should be between 4,000 and 5,000 feet per minute. The reason it’s important to have high-velocity air flow in a living room is because the air needs to be able to circulate from all directions. This ensures that everyone has a comfortable temperature while they are doing activities around the room. For this reason, the higher the CFM rating on a fan, the better it will cool down a space.
The following list breaks down each type of fan by price range so you can see where your money is best spent when buying new fans for your home!
Westinghouse 68618 Harbor Breeze Dual Blade Ceiling Fan
Price: from $69.99
This fan comes in two different color and design options: antique walnut and weathered zinc. The first available option is a 52-inch wicker blade ceiling fan with five blades, which give it an aerodynamic shape that allows the blades to cut through your air with minimal wind resistance. It has a very traditional look but doesn’t go too far into Victorian territory to feel old or outdated. Though the material for this specific version is plastic, it does have a very quality feel to it – like you would find on more expensive models – and features reversible blades that can be used summer and winter (or all year round).
It uses three candelabra bulbs and comes equipped with a pull cord that allows for the fan to be turned on and off. It also comes with a remote control so you can change the settings without having to get up and walk across the room – which is particularly nice if your couch isn’t in front of the window where it will be easiest for you to reach.
Westinghouse 68619 Harbor Breeze Dual Blade Ceiling Fan
Price: from $99.99
The second available option for this type of Harbor Breeze ceiling fan is an indoor/outdoor 52-inch version that features cutting edge blades made from weather resistant vinyl, which makes them easy to wash when they become dirty or dusty. Like its counterpart, this version also has dual motor speeds and reversible blades (we do not condone winter fan use in the summer), but it also comes with a light that illuminates a room without having to install an electrical outlet right next to a ceiling fan.
It is easy to install and houses a pull-chain control function. If you have larger, heavier furniture this fan will be great for your living space because it does offer heavier mounting hardware for more secure installation. It can be used indoors or outdoors year round, so if you live in an area where the wind blows hard during certain seasons, this one might become your favorite addition to any house!
Fanimation FPDC5SBZS1 Darcy 5 Blade Ceiling Fan
Price: from $199.99
This beautiful five-blade ceiling fan from Fanimation comes in a 52-inch blade span with an integrated light kit. It is completely made out of metal and sports a gorgeous brushed steel finish that won’t chip or scratch, even when it’s been around for years.
The integrated light kit illuminates your living space without having to wire electrical circuits, so if you have a room where the only source of lighting is the ceiling fan this one might be worth checking out – not to mention it looks absolutely stunning while it’s on!
It has three different speed settings and also features a remote control so you can change speeds without having to get up and walk across your house. It measures about ten inches from the bottom of the motor housing to the top of the light kit, and 52 inches from the top of the fan motor to the bottom of the blades.
Hunter Fan Company 52937 Contemporary Dual Mount Ceiling Fan
Price: From $79.99
This contemporary style fan comes in an off-white finish with reversible oak blades that can be used all year round. The dual mount design will make it perfect for any room within your home – especially if you have lower ceilings!
It has a pull switch control function that allows you to change speeds without having to get up and walk across your house – which is nice when you’re lounging on your couch watching TV or reading a book. It also features three candelabra bulbs, so if you do need additional lighting, this fan will be a good option.
If you’re looking for a great value in a 52-inch ceiling fan, this one from Hunter Fan Company is a solid choice!
Fanimation FPDC5SDZS1 Darcy 5 Blade Ceiling Fan
Price: from $211.98
This gorgeous 52-inch fan comes with five blades and an integrated light kit that illuminates your room without the need for electrical wiring or outlets – which makes it perfect if your home lacks overhead lighting or there’s just not enough easy access outlets in one specific area to power additional lights. It has reversible blades made from weather resistant vinyl, so you can use it all year round no matter what season it is – provided, of course, that you live in a climate where this is possible.
This fan from Fanimation also has five speeds and an integrated remote control so you can change speeds without having to get up and walk across your house – making it a great option for bedrooms as well as living rooms! It measures about 10 inches from the bottom of the motor housing to the top of the light kit, and 52 inches from the top of the fan motor to the bottom of the blades.
Hunter Fan Company 52951 Casablanca Eco-Friendly Ceiling Fan
Price: from $299.99
The final offering on our list comes from Hunter Fan Company’s Casablanca line, which features eco-friendly construction materials. The52-inch blade span allows it to have a generous airflow that will keep any room of your house nice and cool – especially if you live in a more humid region of the country!
It comes in an off-white finish with reversible oak blades, so you can use this fan all year round. The Casablanca line uses eco-friendly construction materials, which makes it perfect for living environmentally friendly lives while still enjoying some great cooling during hot summer months.
This particular model also includes a pull switch control function, three candelabra bulbs, and a remote control so you don’t have to get up from wherever you are on your couch or bed to change speeds or turn it on or off. It measures about 10 inches from the bottom of the motor housing to the top of the light kit, and 52 inches from the top of the fan motor to the bottom of the blades.
While, of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands of other ceiling fans on the market, we feel that the above selection offers the best balance been functionality, features and budget.