CEILING FANS ARE NOT THE BEST ITEM TO SHOP FOR AT A BIG BOX STORE
To find the best ceiling fans for your space, your best bet is to go through a specialty shop, not a mammoth store like Home Depot, Lowe’s or Wal-Mart. Ceiling fans are a long-term and sometimes expensive investment. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your money and that your purchase will be perfect for the space you want to utilize it in. Here are 3 important reasons you’ll want to avoid the big box stores and find a specialty retailer when shopping for ceiling fans, online or off.
1. Selection & Customization
The selection of ceiling fans and customization options aren’t nearly as varied at Target, Home Depot and similar stores. They carry so many different products, it would be impossible for them to provide as much selection as a showroom or online store that focuses solely on ceiling fans and lighting. Taking an online shopping example, HomeDepot.com only has 1,087 ceiling fans available whereas Fandiego.com has1,940 in the “Indoor Ceiling Fans” category alone.
This difference gets exponentially greater when you consider that big box stores have pre-packaged fans. Fan Diego offers tens of thousands of blade, motor, mount, lighting and control options to create the perfect look and function for your needs. This might sound overwhelming, but at a specialty store, helpful staff is readily available to navigate you though the process easily.
2. Ceiling Fans Require Product Expertise & Knowledgeable Customer Service
Besides helping you easily select color, style and lighting (if needed), ceiling fan specialists can also help you select the right ceiling fan for efficiency and safety. They know how to pair the proper specs such as air movement, energy efficiency, mounting height and more with your specific space to ensure the ceiling fan meets your needs and expectations. They can also consult with you on the actual value of a fan, it’s cost compared to reputation, quality and lifespan.
3. Parts & Follow up Care
One of the biggest problems when you buy ceiling fans from big box stores is that they don’t carry replacement parts and you can’t call them up for troubleshooting. At Fan Diego, we carry most replacement parts or can order them for you without the hassle of going through a big corporation. If needed, we’ll consult with you to help you figure out what part is needed and you can call us any time to troubleshoot issues or to request repair service.
LOW-END CEILING FANS
Some of the big box stores have their own brand of ceiling fans that they can sell at a lower costs. But buyers beware. As with almost anything, you get what you pay for. A lower end fan is more likely to start making noise, develop a wobble, or any number of issues in just a year or two. Add to that the lack of availability for replacement parts and support and there goes your value. You’re really better off spending a few extra bucks up front for a quality fan that will last 7-10 years and comes with support!