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Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Ceiling Fan

Today's ceiling fans are lighter, more energy-efficient and more stylish than ever. Indoors and outdoors, ceiling fans keep air moving and help keep your home comfortable in summer and winter. Let us help you find a fan to fit your space and style.

Choose the Right Ceiling Fan for your Space

A ceiling fan's primary purpose is to circulate air in a room. Air conditioners chill air, but ceiling fans push it around, which means they're useful for both cooling and heating. In a bedroom, a ceiling fan encourages restful sleep without running the air conditioning. On an open or screened porch, a ceiling fan can create a refreshing retreat - just be sure it's rated for damp or wet locations. To get the most out of a ceiling fan, you must first select the right size. ENERGY STAR® makes the following recommendations for ceiling fan sizes:


Room Size (in square feet)
Fan Diameter
For rooms up to 7529 to 36-inch
For rooms 76 to 14436 to 42-inch
For rooms 144 to 22544-inch
For rooms 225 to 24450 to 54-inch

Ceiling Fan Blades

Ceiling fan blades.

A ceiling fan’s blades are actually more of a design feature than a matter of efficiency or utility. The fan’s ability to move air is determined by the pitch of the blades, so pick the one you like the look of best. Many fans come with reversible blades so if you get tired of one finish, you can reverse them later to change the look of your fan – talk about an effortless design update. The number of blades and blade shapes are also getting a makeover. Some fans have as many as nine blades, for a helicopter style; however, the traditional four to five blade ceiling fans remain classic.

Ceiling Height

When selecting a new ceiling fan, or a replacement-ceiling fan, keep in mind the ceiling height. The ideal fan height from floor to fan blades is approximately 8-ft. Many fans have multiple mounting options, allowing them to work almost anywhere in the home. Measure the height of your ceiling to determine the mounting option that will work best for your space.

Mounting Options:

Flushmount - Made for rooms with low ceilings. Flushmount ceiling fans are mounted flush to the ceiling, with no extra attachment.

Downrod Mount - Made for rooms with high ceilings, typically 8-ft or higher. Many ceiling fans come with a downrod included, look for this on the packaging. However, for extra tall ceilings you may need a longer downrod than provided. Use the chart below to help calculate the ideal downrod length:

Ceiling Height

Suggested Downrod Size















Angle Mount - This is best suited for angled or faulted ceilings. In this instance a longer downrod may be needed to ensure proper blade clearance. Also, make sure the ceiling angle is not steeper than 19°.

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Ceiling Fan Accessories

Ceiling fan accessories allow you to modify your fan or enhance it, depending on your needs.

Low ceiling adapter - can reduce the standard height of a ceiling fan, sometimes by a few inches.

Downrods - are slender poles that can lower your ceiling fan to the optimal height. Many ceiling fans are sold with a downrod. If your fan doesn’t come with one, or you need a longer one, they are available in a variety of sizes and finishes.

Light Kits - a lot of ceiling fans can be modified after installation with a light kit. Fans that are compatible with these kits are handy if you can't decide whether you want lights or think you might change your mind in the future.

Remote Control - many ceiling fans now come with a remote control so you don't have to leave the couch to adjust your comfort level.

Style, Finish and Function

Ceiling fan with drum lamp shade.

Ceiling fans are manufactured in a nearly endless array of styles and finishes. From black and white to bronze, brass, brushed nickel and beyond, there are plenty of finish options. Innovative designs including ceiling fans where the fan is hidden within a lamp shade, and other such designs, conceals the function and leaves pure style. Most fans have adjustable speeds and can also be reversed to help with heating durning cooler temperatures.