Wall mounted fans used to be a thing of the past, but they have recently regained popularity in homes and in commercial and industrial spaces. If you are concerned about floor space or are looking to provide sufficient airflow to cool a room, then wall mounted fans are a good option to consider. There are a variety of styles and brands available, so it’s important to select one that will work best for your needs. In this post, we’ll discuss what distinguishes wall fans from ceiling fans and provide you with a few helpful tips for choosing the right one for you.

Fanimation Old Havana Wall Mount Fan

Pictured: Fanimation Old Havana Wall Mount Fan

What Is a Wall Mount Fan?

While wall fans and ceiling fans both provide adequate air circulation, they function in very different ways. Ceiling fans are popular in homes and are commonly found in the living room and bedroom. They work by circulating the air throughout the space, and while they don’t necessarily change the temperature of the room, they do create a cooling effect. In most cases, ceiling fans are wired directly into the ceiling, and many come with lighting. Wall mounted fans are oscillating fans that are fixed to the wall and work by pushing air through the space rather than circulating it down. This is why wall fans are most efficient when installed in close proximity. When installed too far away, the effects of a wall mount fan may not be felt.

Savoy House Sky Wall Fan

Pictured: Savoy House Sky Wall Fan

Types of Wall Mounted Fans

There are many types of wall fans to choose from and a variety of ways to use them:


You can install a wall mounted fan to make the temperature in your basement, home office or gym more comfortable. Kitchens are another area of the home where wall fans would work. Without taking up too much space, a wall mounted fan can help ventilate the hot air that is being generated by your cooktop or oven. Other spaces that may benefit from a wall fan include your garage, shed, outdoor patio and similar areas where the temperature can get uncomfortable due to the lack of air conditioning.


Gyms, offices, factories and warehouses, auto repair shops, storage facilities and other commercial spaces can sometimes become too hot thanks to a lack of space and ventilation. Wall mounted fans can make tight spaces with poor airflow feel more comfortable by circulating the air and preventing moisture from accumulating.

Tips for Choosing a Wall Mounted Fan

There are a few things to consider when selecting a wall mounted fan for your space:

Size—When choosing a wall fan, the most important thing to take into consideration is size. Take measurements of your space and determine which wall you plan to mount your fan. To get the most efficient use out of your fan, make sure that the size you select fits the room and that you position it to provide adequate airflow.

Speed—Speed is another important factor in choosing a wall mounted fan. Because there are so many different wall fans available, fan speeds may vary. Our best advice is to choose a fan large enough to adequately circulate air through the room. Run it at a low to medium speed to reduce noise.

Other features—Additional features to consider when choosing a wall fan include: color and finish, number of blades and control type (remote, wall, dial or rotary).

Matthews Fan Co. Atlas Kayes Oscillating Wall Fan

Pictured: Matthews Fan Co. Atlas Kayes Oscillating Wall Fan

How to Install a Wall Mounted Fan

Once you have decided on a wall mounted fan, installation is easy. Most fans come with their own brackets and instructions for how to mount them to the wall. Mounting requirements differ from fan to fan. The height at which you mount your fan may depend on several factors, such as air circulation and the size of your space. In some cases, mounted fans are required to be at least five feet above the floor. Others suggest a specific amount of clearance from the ceiling. Check the instructions that come with the fan you choose to ensure it is installed correctly for safe and optimal use.

If you have any questions or need additional help choosing a wall mounted fan that is appropriate for your space, talk to an expert! One of the benefits of working with Hansen Wholesale is that most of our experts have been with us for decades and will be able to help you find exactly what you need.

Already have a wall fan in mind but want to see how it will look in your space before you order? Check out our Room Settings Viewer. Simply scroll to the bottom of the selected wall fan product page on the Hansen Wholesale website. Choose existing photographs from the dropdown menu or email us a photograph of your room and we will create a custom view for you.