Benefits and Drawbacks of Remote Controlled Fans

As the temperature is on the rise this summer, the hot weather demands ample cooling in order to have a relaxed environment at home. Ceiling fans have been the best friend of millions of people providing them respite from the harsh summer. HOThe fans with remote-control are more expensive and offer many advantages, but they are not the right solution for everyone. Sometimes they are necessary, sometimes they are more convenient, and sometimes you are better off without them. Let us have a look at the pros and cons of Remote–Controlled Ceiling Fans.

Benefits of Remote–Controlled Ceiling Fans

1. Efficiency: These fans give you a versatile option for fan operation and are competent and convenient to use.

2. Comfortable Option: These fans offer comfort and ease to users as by using a remote he is able to turn the fan on and off from bed.

3. Useful when the wiring in the ceiling can’t be accessed: In case of living in an apartment where you are unable to get to the wires in the ceiling then using the remote-control fan is the best solution. It can also be used to control the fan and light simultaneously.

4. Offer many Choices: The remote control also offers alternatives such as speed control, time mode and the sleep mode, etc.

5. Handy for the Elderly / the Patients: The remote-control fans are convenient in case of an elderly or unwell person in the house since they can independently control the fans.

6. Easy to Install: A remote control fan is easier for an electrician to install especially in the case of houses with no access to the ceiling.

7. One switch for multiple fans in a room: In situations when there are many fans in a big room and are controlled by only one wall mounted switch then a remote control fan is helpful. Using a remote, you can switch one the ones not in use while keeping the other running.

Drawbacks of Remote–Controlled Ceiling Fans

1. Unreliable: Remote controls are considered a less reliable option as they can get lost, broken or sticky quite easily especially if there are children or pets in the house.

2. Cost Factor: These fans are more expensive than an ordinary ceiling fan and are not affordable by one and all.
3. Not easy to Operate: These new technology fans cannot be understood by everyone, and so only a few people in the house can control them effectively without messing them up.

4. Needs extra maintenance: The remote-control requires batteries, and thus it requires maintenance.

5. Warranty Period: Most remote controls have a 12-month warranty, but an electrician is needed in case of a problem after that period which is an added expense.

6. Remote getting Lost: The downside of using remotes is that if you don’t have a wall cradle or safe place for them they can “disappear” leaving the fan to be operated either by the mains power or by the pull chain.

There are three different types of controls for ceiling fans.

Pull Cord: It is the oldest way of pulling a chord from the motor and can’t really be misplaced or lost. It can be difficult to judge the speed of the fan or in case of high ceilings in these fans.

Wall Control: It is the most reliable form of operation, is conveniently located usually by a door or by the bed, is easy to use, can’t get lost and is difficult to break.

Remote Control: It is a more versatile option for fan operation. It can be mounted on the wall or kept on the bedside table.


Thus the uses of a remote control fan far outweigh the negatives, and most of the users buy them. Now the choice is yours whether ‘to remote or not to remote’ your ceiling fan based on your situation, your likings, and of course your budget!

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