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What Size Should My Ceiling Fan Be?

It’s that time of year when we start thinking of summer and the warm days ahead. Before you know it we’ll be thinking of ways to beat the heat.  A ceiling fan is a great way to cool a room and also add a decorative element. Of course, there are some general guidelines when choosing a fan.  Ceiling fans should generally be centered in the room, with the edge of the blade no closer than 18″ from the wall. For optimal cooling, fans should  be suspended 8′ or 9′ above the floor. In spaces with low ceilings, fan blades should not be lower than 7′.  (Hugger style fans or low ceiling adapters work well in this situation.)  Here are some helpful hints:

Fan

Size

Suggested Application Room Size

(Sq. Ft.)

24” Bathroom, Hallway Up to 40
29” Bathroom, Hallway Up to 50
36” Breakfast Nook, Laundry Room Up to 75
42” Small Bedroom or Kitchen Up to 100
50-52” Standard Bedroom,Family / Living Room, Kitchen Up to 400
54” or Larger Great Rooms, Large Areas Over 400

These guidelines should help in the selection of your fan, now you just have to pick your favorite!

Here are some great ceiling fan options: Ceiling Fans

4 comments… add one
  • Lori May 7, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I saw something about a $50 fan and a $350 fan . . .what does this mean? What is the difference?

  • Kay, Creative Lighting Staff May 10, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Ceiling fan motors vary in power and so does their price. If you have a fan that you would seldom use, then a less expensive one may work fine. If it used consistently you will want to spend the money on a fan with a larger motor and steeper blade pitch. You will get a longer lasting fan that will run quietly and more efficiently.

  • Bartholomew Larson May 31, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Ceiling fan motors vary in power and so does their price. If you have a fan that you would seldom use, then a less expensive one may work fine. If it used consistently you will want to spend the money on a fan with a larger motor and steeper blade pitch. You will get a longer lasting fan that will run quietly and more efficiently.
    +1

  • Online Form August 24, 2010, 12:02 am

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