Ceiling Fan Shopping Guide

Ceiling fan size and mounting guide

Fan size

To get maximum comfort and energy savings, it is necessary to choose the correct size fan for a room. Blade span is the key. A fan that is too small or too big for your room may look awkward. A fan that is too small probably will not move enough air, and a fan that is too big might overpower the room. We recommend the following:

Room Size Suggested Diameter
Up to 64 sq. ft 29"-32"
64-100 sq. ft 29"-36"
100-144 sq. ft 38"-42"
144-225 sq. ft 42"-46"
225-400 sq. ft 50"-56"
400+ sq. ft 56"-60"

Ceiling fan height / downrod size

When selecting a ceiling fan, you should keep the ceiling height in mind. The ideal height form floor to blades is about 8 feet.

A general formula for calculating downrod length is the following:

Ceiling Height-9 Feet=Downrod Size

This formula is based on the fan-to-floor distance of 8 feet plus 1 foot for the dimension of the fan.

Example: For a 12 ft. high ceiling, you will need a 3 foot downrod.

Here are some mounting options:

Low Profile / Flushmount Ceiling Fans - Made for rooms with low ceilings. Low profile ceiling fans are mounted flush to the ceiling, with no extra attachment.

Downrod Mount - Ideal for rooms with high ceilings, usually 8-ft or higher. Many ceiling fans come with a downrod included. However, for extra tall ceilings you may need a longer downrod than provided.

Angle / Sloped Mount - This is best suited for angled or faulted ceilings. Most manufacturers offer an optional "sloped ceiling" adapter that will allow you to hang your fan at any angle up to 48 degrees.

Benefits of using ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can be used to cool and even warm a room, using considerably less energy than air conditioning. In fact, ceiling fans can provide year-round energy efficiency and cost savings.

A ceiling fan can save up to 40% on summer cooling costs, and up to 10% on winter heating costs. During winter, it can move heat trapped near the ceiling back into the living area, reducing heating costs by up to 10%. This is especially valuable in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings. Savings will vary depending on local climate conditions and energy rates.

How do ceiling fans cool a room?

A ceiling fan cools a room by creating a "wind chill effect"; it does not lower the room temperature. "Wind chill effect" makes you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on your skin. It is the feeling you get when you open the window in a moving car. If you have a ceiling fan in a room whose temperature is 80 degrees, running the fan can create a "wind chill effect" that makes you feel as if the temperature is 72 degrees. When used in conjunction with an air conditioner, a ceiling fan can lower energy costs, because you can set the thermostat of your air conditioner at a higher temperature.

How do ceiling fans warm a room?

A ceiling fan can help lower energy consumption in the winter by up to 10%. The temperature of the air in a heated room varies in layers; the air near the ceiling is warmer than the air near the floor, because warm air rises. A ceiling fan can help push the warmer air that is trapped near the ceiling back down into the room, thus "de-stratifying" the layers of warm air. As a result, the warm air is circulated where it is needed, and the heating system does not overwork to warm the room. To properly "de-stratify" a warmed room, the ceiling fan should be run in a clockwise direction. This pushes the air up against the ceilings and down the walls, to gently re-circulate the warm air without creating a cooling "wind chill effect."

In what direction should I operate my ceiling fans during summer and winter?

Summer: Counter Clockwise
Winter: Clockwise


Counter Clockwise



Ceiling fan style guide

Ceiling fans can be used to cool off and to add some extra flair to your home décor. There are several different styles and features available to suit your taste:

Ceiling fan types and characteristics

Hanging propeller: This style looks like a plane's propeller hanging from the ceiling. Most residential ceiling fans are hanging propellers.

Directional: Can be turned at an angle to ventilate a specific area.

Rotational: A combination of hanging propeller and directional fans, the rotational models have multiple sets of blades that rotate independently of each other.

Indoor Ceiling Fans: These ceiling fans are best used in dry or indoor locations.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans Damp Rated: For use in humid conditions, suitable for most outdoor use.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans Wet Rated: Outdoor wet rated ceiling fans are fans that are designed for use outside in more extreme weather conditions. Outdoor wet rated ceiling fans are extremely durable, and are designed for outdoor locations that may experience rain, high humidity or other factors causing moisture.

DC Motor Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans with DC motors are highly energy efficient, consuming a fraction of the energy of AC motor ceiling fans.

Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans: Energy efficient ceiling fans meet the qualifications of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program or are highly energy efficient, such as fans with DC motors. Ceiling fans that have earned the Energy Star label must be at least 10% more efficient than standard ceiling fans. These fans can reduce utility bills, plus cut costs of air conditioning when fan is operated properly.

Low Profile Ceiling Fans: These fans are designed to mount to the ceiling without a down-rod, resulting in increased clearance from the blades of the fan to the floor. Low profile ceiling fans provide all of the function of a regular fan, but in a less conspicuous manner, making them ideal for smaller rooms. Ceiling fans low profile are also known as Hugger, Flush or Close-to-Ceiling fans.

Ceiling Fans with Light Kits: Most of today's modern fans can be adapted to use light kits. The light kit attaches to the bottom of the fan's switch housing and requires only a simple electrical connection. However, it really varies from manufacturer and model. And not all light kits are interchangeable with one another. Please consult with us regarding your specific fan needs, we'll be happy to help with your light kit selection.

Remote Control Ceiling Fans: These ceiling fans are bundled with wireless remote control systems, which allow you to adjust the fan's operation. When so equipped, many remotes additionally allow control over the ceiling fan's light fixture.

Ceiling fan styles

Contemporary Ceiling Fans: These fans boast clean lines and modern designs, which look great in any modern décor.

Traditional Ceiling Fans: These fans are usually more elaborated and ornate. They blend in with more traditional décor and furniture.

Transitional Ceiling Fans: These ceiling fans marry traditional designs with more modern themes. They are offered in a wide variety of styles and finishes that will complement any décor.

Art Deco Ceiling Fans: Art Deco, short for Arts Decoratifs, is taken from the "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes" held in Paris in 1925. This style reflects the modernization of themes prior to it, by echoing machine and automobile patterns as well as natural elements such as flowers and sunbursts.

Industrial Ceiling Fans: This category includes utilitarian fans designed for large, open spaces with high ceilings. Many of the fans in this category can also be considered as Retro Modern in style.

Mission Arts & Crafts Style Ceiling Fans: The Arts & Crafts movement was highly influential in the second half of the nineteenth century. Its bold, angular, style was a radical departure from Victorian themes of the time.

Nautical Theme Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans themed to complement nautical decor.

Tropical Ceiling Fans: these fans have a tropical, seaside style, featuring blades made of wood, bamboo, palm fronds, and more.