Finding the right ceiling fan for your space is a bit of a challenge, but if you know what to look for, you’ll find one that perfectly suits your environment, personal style, budget and needs. We’re happy to assist you with your ceiling fan quest, providing information on all the most important ceiling fan considerations. Be sure to reference our complete ceiling fan buying guide for in-depth information. But for now, you can use this abridged version to help you quickly understand some key ceiling fan aspects.

Quorum Windmill Ceiling Fan Model 96015-9
Pictured Above: Quorum Windmill Ceiling Fan Model 96015-9

  1. Know a Little About Style 

Of course, the aesthetic of the fan will certainly come into play when you’re shopping—do you want something modern, rustic, traditional, tropical or all-out fancy? Exploring our ceiling fan styles will help you zero-in on your personal preferences. Beyond that, fans are typically broken down into categories by feature, such as the obvious ones like fans with lights, remote-controlled fans, outdoor fans and LED light fans. However, there may be some fan types you don’t recognize, such as:

  • Hugger Fans—Otherwise known as low-profile or flush-mount ceiling fans, hugger ceiling fans sit flush or close to the ceiling. They are best for low-ceiling spaces.
  • DC Motor Ceiling Fans—Unlike AC ceiling fans, DC ceiling fans feature their own built-in permanent magnets, which makes them significantly more energy efficient. DC fans use three to five times less electricity than AC styles.
  • Belt Drive Fans—These kinds of fans use a single motor with a pulley, which drives a belt that’s stretched between each individual fan. The belt drive motor must be attached directly to a wall or ceiling.
  • 220-Volt Fans—For shoppers who live outside the U.S., 220-volt ceiling fans are a great option. These fans feature 220-volt power configurations for use in many parts of the world.

The style and features of the fan are a great place to start, and you can go on to narrow down your options from there.

Modern style home with ceiling fan

  1. Get the Sizing Right

Another thing to consider is sizing. Ceiling fans typically come in sizes ranging from 24 inches to 96 inches, which signifies the full reach of their blade span (otherwise known as blade sweep). In addition to the width of the blades, fans are also sized by cubic feet per minute of airflow (CFM). CFM measures the amount of air that is displaced and can be a good indicator of wind speed, which is what provides you with that cool breeze.

So which size ceiling fan is best for your room? First, know your measurements in square feet. If you aren’t sure how to get the square footage of a room, you can always use this handy square footage calculator. Once you have your measurements, you should follow these recommendations, guided by our 30 years in the ceiling fan industry:


Room Size CFM Recommended Fan Size
6' x 6' 3,000 - 4,500 Shop: 24" to 36"
10' x 10' 4,000 - 5,500 Shop: 37" to 48"
12' x 12' 6,200 - 7,500 Shop: 49" to 56"
15' x 15' 7,000 - 9,000 Shop: 60" to 72"
Larger 9,000 - 11,000 Shop: 72" to 96"


These days, the trend errs towards bigger ceiling fans in smaller spaces but know that just because a fan is bigger doesn’t mean it will cool a room better or faster. The final sizing-related consideration you should know is the size of the downrod, or the pole that suspends the fan from the ceiling. The key is to drop the fan down to the lowest allowable height for the best airflow. You can read more about downrod sizing in our ceiling fan buyer’s guide.

Craftmade Chaparral Model CP52AG

Pictured Above: Craftmade Chaparral Model CP52AG

  1. Trust the Experts

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized ceiling fan advice!

Our best piece of advice when shopping for ceiling fans is to partner with companies like us who prioritize customer care. Hansen Wholesale started as a call-in retailer, so we built up a strong customer service team ready to inform and assist customers with regard to fans and everything about them. On top of that, our team rates every ceiling fan in our selection on a scale of one to five—taking into consideration quality, airflow, efficiency, electricity use and wind speed—to help you make the best decision!