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Should You Get A Ceiling or Standing Fan?

September 1, 2017

Living in a humid climate where one can sweat buckets without having moved an inch, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn’t have a fan in your home! The question is, which type should you get? Ceiling and standing fans are two of the most common types that you can find in any household, but if you’re unsure which one would fit your needs, don’t sweat it! We’ll break down the pros and cons of both for you.

1. Energy Consumption

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Linear Space Concepts

Going green is a big concept these days, but saving on energy is also an immense act of kindness to your wallet. Standing fans generally consume less electricity than a ceiling fan, but thanks to technological advances, there are ceiling fans in the market now with energy saving features too.

Check Out: Haiku Home L-Series Indoor Wi-Fi Ceiling Fan from PHYLUX

Standing fan or ceiling fan


Energy star certified, the Haiku Smart fan is 4 times more energy efficient than the typical ceiling fan – and equally high tech as well. You can control the fans’ speed, timer, circulation mode through your smartphone or Amazon Alexa.

Since the differences in energy consumption between both fans is rather negligible in this aspect, there are other features worth looking at to help you decide which fan to get.

Check Out: Mistral 503 52-Inch Ceiling Fan With LED Light, $465 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


Sleek and minimal, this modern, Mistral ceiling fan works particularly well with Scandinavian or Modern styles.

2. Maintenance

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: The Scientist

This boils down to personal preference – would you rather be looking up when you clean, or fiddling with the grill of a pedestal fan to wipe those pesky dust bunnies away? Some people find it easier to clean a ceiling fan, by using a vacuum cleaner or a magnetic duster specially designed for cleaning ceiling fan blades.

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Free Space Intent

Cleaning a standing fan does not require intense neck work, but you’d have to open the grill to wipe the blades down, which can be a chore. All in all, we’d say that this depends on how enthusiastic you are about cleaning the fan religiously.

Check Out: Dyson Pedestal Fan in Iron Blue, $698 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


If you really, really hate cleaning, perhaps this Dyson bladeless pedestal fan can be your new BFF. There is nothing to hate if there are no blades!

3. Style

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior

Standing fans come in a wide variety of designs now, instead of the nondescript grey/white/black variety that is commonly found in electronic stores. If you’re looking for a fan that will add to the mood of your home, such as an antique-looking fan for your home decked in all things retro, it might be easier to find a standing fan that will do just so.

Check Out: SONA 18-Inch Antique Tripod Stand Fan, $129.90 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


Think standing fans cramp your home's style? Not with this stand fan - set in gleaming bronze and a unique, old-school body, it'd serve as a feature piece instead.

Ceiling fans may be more limited in design, but there are fancy ones that come with light fixtures too. They have a slight edge over standing fans, too – there are no pesky wires that threaten to trip you up!

Check Out: Fanco FFM-2000 52-Inch Ceiling Fan in Antique Brush, $96.60 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


This antique ceiling fan allows you to fit your own light fixtures. Hooray for customisation!

4. Wind Circulation

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Studio Fortyfour

The ceiling fan circulates air in a wider spread, and is considerably more effective than a standing fan in cooling a house down. However, if your room is tiny or if you’d like just a little bit more ventilation in a tight spot, such as a cramped dressing area, a standing fan will do the trick.

Check Out: KDK U60FW Ceiling Fan, $504 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


Enjoy a bigger breeze with this stylish multi-tasker! This ceiling fan comes with in-built LED lights with 3 brightness levels - white, cool daylight and warm - that can be toggled for the right effect.

5. Size Matters

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Aart Boxx Interior

Ceiling fans are mounted on the ceiling, so they do not occupy precious floor space, which is great if your apartment doesn’t have that much space to spare. But consider this as well – there are standing fans (like tower fans) with slim designs too, and the best part is that they can be moved from room to room.

Check Out: Mistral MFD500R Ultra Slim Remote Tower Fan, $159 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


This slim tower fan can fit easily into tight spaces that need a little extra something to get the stale air moving.

Ultimately, it boils down to what you foresee yourself doing with the floor space. If you think that you do not have that much space to spare for a standing fan, the ceiling fan will be your best bet.

6. Costs

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: Third Avenue Studio

Standing fans are generally more affordable than ceiling fans, and come in a range of prices that make purchasing on a strict budget much easier. They are also a breeze to purchase as they are commonly sold in electronic and furniture stores, and you can even purchase them online. There is also almost no installation work needed to get it moving – just plug it in and voila, instant wind!

Check Out: IONA GLSF163 16" Stand Fan, $34.90 on Lazada

Standing fan or ceiling fan


At under $50, this standing fan is a complete steal!

Which type should you get?

Standing fan or ceiling fan

Interior Designer: ELPIS Interior Design

Now that we have compared the features of both ceiling and standing fans, which type is the best for you? It all depends on your priorities! Check out the best type for your needs below:

If your priority is the design of your home…

Both are great! With models ranging in all types of styles, it doesn’t really matter what type of fan you get - as long as it suits the design of your home.

If your priority is having a fan that will just do its job…

A fuss-free ceiling fan might be your best bet, as it covers a wider radius, provides stronger wind circulation and keeps your house cool and breezy throughout.

If your priority is the cost…

A standing fan is your best friend. It is cheap, portable, and keeps your house cool – awesome features at a wallet-friendly price. Plus, no need for electrical wiring or installation costs.

If your priority is the ease of cleaning…

A bladeless pedestal fan or a ceiling fan would be great for you. And if you get a ceiling fan and don’t look up… there is literally no need to clean it, ever. Until you are greeted by a shower of dust bunnies when you turn it on, that is.

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