Why Use a Remote?
A ceiling fan remote is much like your TV remote, it allows you to control the fan from anywhere without having to get up from your seat. This is really convenient for obvious reasons, like not having to get up from the couch when you’re watching TV or taking a nap.
Another reason to consider getting one is if you have high ceilings and the pull chain is out of reach. In this case you should either have a wall-mounted control or a remote control. Otherwise you’ll have to stand on something, like the couch or a chair, every time you want to adjust the fan speed, which can be annoying and even dangerous. My advice is to buy a $20 Harbor Breeze fan remote and save yourself the trouble.
Which Remote should I Buy?
Not all ceiling fan remotes are created equal, and not all of them will even work with your fan. So, how do you know which one to buy? You should be looking for one of two things:
- The Harbor Breeze brand on the packaging or in the product’s name
- Universal remotes
The Harbor Breeze branded remotes will obviously work with those fans, so you’d be safe getting that. I’d actually recommend getting a universal remote instead, however. I think this is a better choice since you may one day replace your fan and get a different brand. If this happens then you’ll also have to spend an extra $15-30 to get a new remote too if it doesn’t come with one. Most of the universal remotes are pretty well made and easy to use, so there really isn’t much down-side to it.
The Types of Fan Remotes
You have a few different choices when it comes to the type of remote to get. The three main options are:
- Handheld remote
- Wall-mounted remote
- Wall-mounted/handheld combination
The first one we’ve already talked about a bit, so you probably already know what that is. The wall-mounted remote is usually kind of like a light switch (or at least mounted near other light switches). With these, you can use a dial or slider to adjust the speed of the fan and whether or not the light is turned on. Wall mounts are nice because you can’t lose them like you can with a handheld one. So no matter what happens, you’ll always be able to conveniently control the fan.
The combination wall-mount/handheld one is the best of both worlds. It is usually just a control that can be removed from a dock within the wall. So you can either take it with you to the couch, or you can leave it in the wall by the light switches. These are nice, but not always easy to install or reliable. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy one, but the other two options are usually a bit better.