Ceiling Fan Controls
It is often convenient to control a ceiling fan remotely. And for many ceiling fans, remote control is the only option, unless you want to keep a ladder in your living room! But a remote control can do more than simply turn fans and lights on and off. A good remote operating system can give you total environmental control. It can manage the speed and direction of the fan, the level of lighting, even home security.
A good remote can be used to control several fans, so you do not have to hunt around for the right controller. Just grab the one and select the fan you wish to operate.
Some remote controls offer you the option of mounting them on the wall or holding them in your hand. Keep the control next to your armchair for instant access. Or put it on the wall so you always know where it is.
Some controls come with a large LCD display that allows you easy access to a variety of features without needing dozens of buttons. These controls generally come with programmable features to allow you a large degree of customizability.
One feature you may find helpful gives you time to leave the room after you have turned off the light. Pushing this button will dim the lights gradually over a period of 20 seconds or so, giving you plenty of time to make your exit.
Remote controls can also allow you to put the fan and lights on a timer so they are ready for you at the times you typically use a room. This also works as a security measure, giving the illusion someone is home. If you have more than one lighted fan connected to the same remote control, you may even be able to program the lights in sequence, suggesting to burglars that the inhabitant has left one room and entered another.
A good light control will do more than offer you three levels of illumination - dim, medium, and bright. It will provide continuous dimming capability so that the light level is at exactly the level you want it for visibility or ambiance.
Another feature can allow you to leave the fan on at night and have the fan gradually decrease in speed. This is the perfect solution for the warm days and cold nights that can occur in spring and fall, or any time of year at higher elevations.
As an energy-saving feature, some remotes can be program to turn lights off automatically after two hours of use.
All fan remotes should allow you to reverse the directions of your fans. In summer, the fans should send a cooling breeze down. In winter, they can draw the cooler air up, circulating the warmer air that has risen to the ceiling.