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How to Choose the Best Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep air moving throughout your home, helping keep the temperature even and placing less reliance on your HVAC system. We’ll show you how to choose the right one for your space.

Mount Type

Which downrod length is right for your ceiling height?

Ceiling Height Downrod Length
8 ' Flush mount
9 ' 6 "
10 ' 12 "
12 ' 24 "
14 ' 36 "
16 ' 48 "
18 ' 60 "
20 ' 72 "

Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan Size

The right fan for your space depends on the size of your room. Use this handy guide to help you choose the right one.

Room Size Blade Span
< 100 sq. ft < 49 inches
100 to 400 sq. ft 48 – 56 inches
> 400 sq. ft > 56 inches


Some fans come with optional hardware to mount both ways and some are even height adjustable.

Efficiency & Air Flow

CFM Rating Your fan's ability to move air is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). The larger your room, the higher CFM you’ll need to move air efficiently.
AC Motor AC fans can be controlled in multiple ways including wall controls, remotes and more. 
DC Motor DC fans use less energy and are extremely quiet. They’re usually lighter than AC fans as well.

Ceiling Fan Blades

A ceiling fan with many blades.

Number of Blades

The number of blades isn’t as important as it used to be. Newer ceiling fans can run quietly and move air effectively regardless of the number of blades.

Blade Pitch

The blade pitch – or angle – is important when it comes to circulating air throughout a room and usually ranges from 12 degrees for smaller fans to 15 degrees or so for larger ones.

Blade Types

Ceiling fan blades can be made from various materials including hardwood, vinyl, fibreboard or plastic.

Ceiling Fan Lights

Most ceiling fans are equipped with lighting as well, so you’ll get additional light for your space. If you don’t need the extra lighting, consider a fan without lights.

Ceiling Fan Controls

Remote Control

Remotes allow you to control all aspects of your fan including power, speed and lighting.

Pull Chain

Pull chains are attached to the fans themselves and can be pulled to adjust lighting, speed and direction.

Wall Switch

Wall switches are conveniently located on the walls and can be placed near existing light switched for accessibility.

Features to Look for

Integrated LED Lights that are built into the fan itself.
Dimmable Lights

Lights that can be dimmed to create the ultimate in ambience.

Reversible Blade Blade’s direction can be reversed to push or pull air depending on your needs.
Quiet Motor Best suited for bedrooms and offices where noise is a concern.
Outdoor Grading Fans that can be used in an outdoor setting.
Smart Technology Control your fan’s features like power, direction and lighting from a smart device.

Ceiling Fan Inspiration Ideas by Room

Ceiling Fan for Living Room

Choose a ceiling fan that fits your room style. Be sure to get the right style if you have sloped ceilings. If you’ve got a large room, be sure to get the appropriate length of blades.

Ceiling Fan for Kitchen

A great kitchen fan compliments the style and feel of your kitchen while giving you the air flow you desire. Consider smart fans that can be controlled with your smart device for the ultimate convenience.

Ceiling Fan for Bedroom

When choosing a bedroom ceiling fan, be sure to select one with a quiet motor and appropriate blade sizes. The larger your bedroom, the longer the blades.

Ceiling Fan for Outdoors

Find the perfect outdoor fan for your porch, patio and more. Outdoor graded fans can help keep you cool on a hot summer day. Get your with or without lighting depending on your needs and be sure to pick the right damp or wet rating to keep you safe.

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