How Do I Choose the Right Size Ceiling Fan for a Room?

Once the heat starts picking up in the Bucks County area, modern and farmhouse style ceiling fans start flying off the shelves here at Light World. Why? Because it’s the most economical way to enhance your air conditioner’s performance and get that windchill effect we so desperately need to feel cool on a hot summer’s day. However, you can’t just grab the first ceiling fan you think might fit and hope for the best when you attempt to install it. Sizing your ceiling fan correctly is a science — one that we’ve broken down for you right here. 

The most important factor you have to take into consideration is the size of your room. You don’t want to install a ceiling fan so small that it’s inefficient, but you also don’t want a ceiling fan big enough to be obtrusive. So how do you pick the right size? By comparing the ceiling fan to the size of the room. 

Room Guide

To get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to install a ceiling fan that is efficient in helping your HVAC system circulate indoor air. That means your ceiling fan should have a high CFM, which is a measure of airflow. But the effectiveness of your ceiling fan all depends on pairing the correctly sized fan with the correctly sized room. Still with us? If it sounds challenging, don’t worry too much. We’ve provided you with the standard ceiling size fan guide below. All you have to do is measure the room. 

Let’s go over that really quickly, so we’re on the same page. To determine the square footage of your room, you need to determine the height of the room (from floor to ceiling) and the length of the room (from wall to wall). Multiply these two numbers together and voilà! It’s that easy. 

Room Size 

Ceiling Fan Size

26 sq. ft. or smaller

29” to 36”

Up to 81 sq. ft. 

40” to 48”

Up to 256 sq. ft. 

50” to 58”

Up to 400 sq. ft. 

60” to 72”

Larger than 400 sq. ft. 

Multiple ceiling fans strategically located throughout the room.

Ceiling Height

To get the perfect amount of airflow circulating throughout the room and make sure the ceiling fan doesn’t get in anybody’s way, the recommended distance between the floor and the fan blades is eight feet. The minimum distance is seven feet. 

For homes with low ceilings, measuring between eight and nine feet, flush mount ceiling fans (also known as hugger ceiling fans) will be the best option. These low-profile models are secured tightly to the wall, instead of hanging around.

Those with ceilings measuring more than nine feet will have a traditional hanging ceiling fan, with the downrod extending as far as necessary to create the recommended distance between the floor and the blades. Downrods come in varying lengths, so even the highest ceilings can be accommodated for a ceiling fan.

If you need to update your home with a new ceiling fan or outdoor chandelier for the summer, check out our inventory to find your perfect match. 

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