What Time of the Year Do Ceiling Fans Go on Sale?

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. 

What Months of the Year Do Ceiling Fans Go on Sale?

  1. January Sales for Ceiling Fans
    • Post-holiday sales in January offer unique opportunities. Retailers often discount home improvement and decor items, including ceiling fans, to refresh inventory for the new year.
  2. Spring and Summer Sales (May to August)
    • As temperatures rise, so does the demand for ceiling fans. Retailers typically introduce new models in late spring, leading to discounts on last year’s models. By mid-summer, you can find sales peaking, especially during holiday weekends like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
  3. End of Summer and Early Fall (Late August to September)
    • With the end of summer, retailers aim to clear out current-year models. This period often sees some of the most significant discounts, making it an ideal time for savvy shoppers.
  4. Winter Deals (November and January)
    • Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales can include ceiling fans. These sales might not be as extensive as summer sales, but they offer a chance to purchase at lower prices.

Other Times To Look for Sales on Ceiling Fans

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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.

Final Thoughts

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.


Matt moved to a location where the climate is hot and humid year round 8 years ago and got a bit obsessed with ceiling fans as an alternative or supplement to air-conditioning. He just wants the optimal ceiling fan and to get it to work the best for the specific situation. And now you can follow what he learned on ceilingfantips.com

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