You might expect ceiling fans to go on sale during hot weather when retailers compete to attract people who want to buy them. You’d be right, but that isn’t the only time to watch for sales.
Ceiling fans go on sale from spring through early fall and possibly during the winter. In addition to competing for summer sales, retailers put ceiling fans on sale in late spring to clear out last year’s models. Sales towards the end of summer reduce the inventory of current year models.
Read on to learn the details about the months that ceiling fans go on sale and why. I’ll also include tips on choosing a ceiling fan and determining whether the fan is a model from the current or previous year.
What Months of the Year Do Ceiling Fans Go on Sale?
Ceiling fans go on sale from May through August and possibly in November and January. During these months, retailers want to clear inventory and compete with other retailers to attract people ready to buy.
Sales of ceiling fans may coordinate with sales of related merchandise such as home decor sales or DIY home improvement sales.
January Sales for Ceiling Fans
January offers two reasons for sales on ceiling fans:
- The winter blahs and days spent inside due to winter’s cold lead some to look for quick ways to change the look of their home. The varied styles of ceiling fans and their lighting features offer striking new focal points.
- The traditional January white sales draw attention to bedrooms and dining rooms. Retailers sometimes offer home decor items for these rooms, such as ceiling fans, to increase sales.
May Sales for Ceiling Fans
Warmer days in May and Memorial Day turn everyone’s thoughts to outdoor living. Retailers pair deals on DIY supplies and equipment for building or sprucing up patios with deals on outdoor ceiling fans. Sales on indoor ceiling fans go along with sales on room air conditioners.
June Sales for Ceiling Fans
Like May, June sales include equipment and supplies for DIY home improvement projects. Look for those sales to include both indoor and outdoor ceiling fans. Sales in May and June likely have the dual purpose of clearing last year’s models and introducing new models.
July Sales for Ceiling Fans
Sales on patio decking materials continue into July. A retailer concerned about an overstock of outdoor ceiling fans might begin offering sale discounts during July. However, July sales offer smaller discounts. But if your fan stopped, you can save money while regaining your cool.
August Sales for Ceiling Fans
Late August and Labor Day sales that start early offer some of the lowest prices on ceiling fans. With summer ending and the fall season approaching, retailers don’t want bulky items like ceiling fans taking up space in their stockrooms or warehouses.
September Sales for Ceiling Fans
Labor Day sales and other sales in September, such as summer clearance sales, offer even better deals on ceiling fans than August sales. This month may seem late in the year to buy a fan, but remember, the month can have some warm days, and this appliance can save you from turning the AC on.
November Sales for Ceiling Fans
You’ll find power tools on sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Retailers with an excess inventory of ceiling fans might include them as a combination DIY project and home decor gift idea. Besides, ceiling fans circulate warm and cool air equally well. Just reverse their direction.
Other Times To Look for Sales on Ceiling Fans
Interior decorators, buyers for large retailers, owners of smaller retail stores, and others seeking the latest information about innovations from ceiling fan manufacturers attend lighting industry trade shows.
The biennial Lightovation Dallas International Lighting Show, one of the largest residential trade shows in North America, is usually held in January and June. Other trade shows occur around the world. Most take place from late August through December, although one is held in March.
Buyers for large retailers and owners of small stores know their customers. They place large orders for ceiling fan models they know will be popular. They may also place small orders to test market ceiling fans from new companies or fans with unique styles.
Retailers use sales to draw attention to ceiling fans from these small, sample orders and to clear their inventory of test-marketed fans that didn’t sell well. Test marketing is most likely in January, May, and June, with clearance of less popular styles occurring in later months.
You could find a ceiling fan few others will have by watching for sales on
these sample fans.
How To Identify the Model Year of a Ceiling Fan
Hunter Fans have stickers with four-digit date codes. You’ll find the sticker for ceiling-hugging, low-profile fans on the ceiling mounting bracket. On down rod fans that have more distance between the body of the fan and the ceiling, you’ll find the sticker on the top of the fan’s body.
Other manufacturers place model number stickers in similar locations on their fans. Looking up the model number online will give you an idea of when it was manufactured.
To read the stickers on installed fans, use your cell phone camera to snap a picture.
Choosing a Ceiling Fan
Consumer Reports provides an excellent basic ceiling fan buyer’s guide. They discuss airflow, blade shape, factors that reduce noise, fan size, the lighting fixture, the types of lightbulbs, the wet/damp rating for bathroom and outdoor fans, and matching the fan to the room.
The San Diego Union-Tribune expands on the Consumer Reports guide. They describe the new materials used to construct the blades. They also discuss new technology, such as using smart-home technology to control your ceiling fans.
This YouTube video from Review Tube shows their five top ceiling fan picks of 2021 from several angles:
The video discusses the style of each fan, the home decor styles that the fan complements, the ease of installing the fan, and other features.
You can check out the following fans that Review Tube featured or are similar to what they mentioned (all available on Amazon.com):
- Mainstays 42″ (106.6 cm) Indoor Ceiling Fan. This low profile Mainstays fan is perfect for rooms with low ceilings. It can be installed to work from a wall switch. The reversible blades offer wood grain on one side and white on the other.
- Hunter Fan Builder Plus 52″ (132.08 cm) Indoor Ceiling Fan. The blades in this Hunter Fan feature a Brazilian Cherry finish on one side and a Harvest Mahogany finish on the other. These blades are coated with Hunter’s Dust Armor to prevent dust buildup. The fan offers three speeds and dimmable LED lights.
- Honeywell Ceiling Fans Carmel Ceiling Fan. The Honeywell Carmel fan is similar to the third fan mentioned in the video, but it offers several more features. It can be mounted on angled and flat ceilings. It comes with a remote control, and it can be integrated with either Alexa or Google Home. Also, the LED light is dimmable to 20%.
- Minka-Aire F868L-WHF Sleek 60″ (152.4 cm) Smart Ceiling Fan. This Minka-Aire matches the unique, modern look of the fourth fan in the video. But it features longer blades in a bleached, seasoned wood finish. This fan comes with a remote control, and Amazon includes a wall switch.
- Hunter Fan Dempsey Indoor Low Profile Ceiling Fan. This low profile Dempsey fan is the same as the fifth fan in the video. The flush ceiling mount makes it ideal for rooms with low ceilings. It has three speeds and includes a remote control. The LED light is also dimmable.
No matter what month of the year, you can typically find a deal on a ceiling fan. May it be summer or winter, you can use a ceiling fan to save on heating and air conditioning costs.
In the summer, you can set the fan to turn counterclockwise. This pushes air downward, which makes it feel cooler on your skin.
During winter, set the fan to turn clockwise to pull the air up toward the ceiling, where it spreads out from the fan. This draws the warm air from the ceiling back down to make the entire room warmer.
- Consumer Reports: The Consumer Reports Guide to Ceiling Fans
- Hunter Fan: Where Can I Find the Date Code on My Fan
- Lighting Manufacturer: 2021 Lighting Events Calendar
- Lighting Manufacturer: Lightovation — Dallas International Lighting Show
- The San Diego Union-Tribune: Time for a new ceiling fan? Here’s how to make sense of all the choices
- YouTube: Ceiling Fan — Best Ceiling Fan 2020 (Buying Guide)