How to choose the right size ceiling fan!
Choosing the right size ceiling fan for any room is important for both looks and performance. Because there is no definitive rule of thumb or building code standard for determining what size fan you will need for a specific area, you will find numerous charts online with recommendations that differ widely. So after over 35 years of dealing with ceiling fans, we have devised the one and only Ceiling Fan Size Recommendation Calculator, which will give you as close an approximation as you can hope for to help you determine the best size ceiling fan for any square or rectangular area. Of course, there are exceptions to the results of these calculations and further information you may wish to consider before you make your final purchase...Read more below!
Ceiling Fan Size Recommendation Calculator
Available Ceiling Fan Sizes
Here is a list of links to every ceiling fan size we have available along with the quantity of models available in each size.
Ceiling Fan Size Recommendations: The recommendations shown below are to be considered loosely as there are many factors to consider (some of which are purely subjective) when trying to determine the best size ceiling fan for any particular application. Learn more about Ceiling Fan Sizes below
For rooms approximately 15' x 15' and larger.
Fans that have a blade of 56" and larger are for larger than average rooms. Particularly if the ceilings are higher than 10'. Be aware that the larger the ceiling fan the more the air gets spread out, so the breeze may feel less concentrated (and therefore not cool you off as much as you want). So size alone is not going to give you more air. Be sure to check the CFM rating for larger ceiling fans because some brands are poorly designed and do not move enough air to do the job. For larger rooms, look for fans that produce at least 7,000 CFM. For very large rooms, 2 standard size fans with high CFM ratings will move more air than any single large fan.
For rooms approximately 12' x 12' or so.
Fans that have a blade span from 50" to 55" are the most popular size and can be used in most rooms. This is standard size that is most commonly used blade span for living rooms, dens, and a medium size home office. For larger than 15' rooms, you should probably consider using 2 fans like this.
For rooms approximately 10' x 10'.
Fans that have a blade span from 42" to 48" are most often used in guest bedrooms and kids rooms, as well as smaller home offices.
For spaces approximately 6' x 6' or less.
Fans that have a blade span from 24" to 36" are most often used in very small rooms such as bathrooms, walk-in closets, kitchens and hallways. We do not recommend fans this small for kids rooms since they can normally use a medium sized or large sized fan for better circulation.
Our most important recommendation: Choose the largest fan that will fit into the space without overwhelming it visually.
The vast majority of the cooling effect you feel from a ceiling fan is in the column of air directly beneath the fan blades. The further you get away from the fan, the less airflow you will feel. There is a significant drop off in airflow just outside of 2 feet from the tip of the fan blades. This is a real surprise to many consumers who install a fan in the center of a room when their seating area is 4 or 5 feet away. Our calculator will give you a range of sizes that may be appropriate for your room, but the largest is the size we recommend most.
Ultimately, the right size fan for a room is not determined by the size of the room alone. You must also consider the layout of the room, where the fan will be positioned in relation to the area where the airflow is most needed as well as how high the ceiling is. Because we are not aware of any limiting factors you may have in your situation, we cannot say for sure that the largest fan we recommend will actually be appropriate for your room. Just keep in mind that the larger the fan blades are, the more area the fan will cover and the closer you are to the fan, the cooler you will feel.
Here's a scenario to consider: Let's say you have a small room that has a normal height ceiling. If you have walnut furniture and choose a bronze colored fan with walnut blades that matches the decor in your room, the fan will look and feel like it is barely missing your head as you walk under it, so you better purchase a smaller fan to help alleviate this feeling. However, the smaller size fan may not move enough air if it gets really hot in that room. So a good alternative would be to purchase a normal size fan that blends in with the ceiling. So if your ceiling is white, purchase a white fan. If your ceiling is acoustic, purchase a textured white fan. The fan will feel like it is higher up over your head, so you can purchase a slightly larger fan that has better performance features.
Some people might say..."Just put a hugger fan in so it doesn't hang down so low". Our response to that is that most hugger fans don't move much air, and really don't save but 2 or 3 inches in head room. There are some exceptions to this, but you really need to know the fan business to know what they are.
So each room has its own considerations when it comes to choosing the right size and style of ceiling fan that fits best. If you have any questions that we have not answered here, just give us a call and one of our ceiling fan experts will be happy to help you choose the right size fan.
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