Ceiling fans are a great invention. They are remarkable ‘movers of air’ and help to regulate temperature to suit the user’s preference while using very little electricity. One common mistake that people make, however, is buying the lowest-cost one they can find. As an electrician in Philadelphia for more than 20 years,
I’ve installed many ceiling fans and have seen how the lower cost units (under $100) start to wobble and make ticking sounds. I remind homeowners that these units have motors and moving parts, which means they wear over time. Also, the fan blades themselves start to warp and change shape because of the exposure to the normal environmental elements of the home (or office)—and this adds to the misalignment that causes the wobbling and ticking.
Another important thing to remember is that the lower-cost models simply don’t move air as well. The design of the blades and motor is less sophisticated and less sturdy, geared toward the lower-cost mass-production unit.
The better brands/models (at least $100) will tend to perform their basic job better, and do so more quietly and for a much longer time. (I favor Casablanca Ceiling Fans brand.) Ceiling fans contribute so much to your comfort in your home, so I always recommend spending more up front to have a better experience over time.
—Theodore Linde, Your Personal Electrician in Philadelphia