Buying Guide

Best Ceiling Fans for Your Space

Ceiling Fan Location
Fan installed on a white shiplap ceiling.

When choosing a new ceiling fan, it's important to think about where you plan to hang it. Will the ceiling fan installation take place in a living room or are you searching for the best outdoor ceiling fan to cool off things on your patio? 


Wet/damp ratings indicate whether a ceiling fan is recommended for indoor or outdoor purposes. If you plan to hang a ceiling fan inside a damp area, such as the bathroom or outdoors, you will need to find one that meets UL's wet/damp rating, meaning it can withstand rain, snow and excessive moisture. A wet-rated ceiling fan will have features like rust-resistant housing, stainless steel hardware and all-weather blades. 


If your ceiling is sloped, it may be necessary to buy an extra downrod or a separate sloped-ceiling mounting kit. 


Tip: While an outdoor fan can be used indoors, an indoor ceiling fan should only be hung inside your home. 

Ceiling Fan Sizes
A large fan flush-mounted to a ceiling.

Because the ceiling fan's main purpose is to circulate air and regulate the temperature in a room, it's important that your fan size matches your room size. 


When deciding between ceiling fan sizes, measure the room before you purchase your ceiling fan to ensure you get the size that will be most effective for the space. Measure from floor to ceiling to determine mount type (flush, downrod, standard) for the intended location.


When looking for the best fan for large rooms, a good rule to follow is for any room larger than 300 sq. ft., use a 52-inch or larger fan. For any room larger than this, consider using two fans to move air around the room. 

For guest bedrooms and bathrooms, small ceiling fans work well whereas larger spaces, like a great room, will benefit the most from large ceiling fans


Recommended fan width based on the length of the longest wall in your room: 

  • Length of longest wall is less than 12 feet, your fan width or blade span should be 36 inches or less 
  • Length of longest wall is 12 to 15 feet, your fan width or blade span should be 40 to 48 inches
  • Length of longest wall is more than 15 feet, your fan width or blade span should be 52 inches or more. 
Ceiling Fan Mounting Type
Use ceiling height and light kit of ceiling fan to choose downrod length

In addition to ceiling fan sizes, the mounting type you choose is extremely important. Here’s how to find the best mounting type for your room. 


When choosing your fan, you will come across the terms "downrod" and "flush." Pay close attention to your ceiling height so you can determine which mounting option you need. 


Ideally, your ceiling fan height (from floor to blade) should be 8 feet. Fans mounted too close to the ceiling will trap or move less air around the space. 

  • Flush mount: Mounted to the ceiling, this option is ideal for rooms with low ceilings. 
  • Downrod mount: The best ceiling fans for living rooms or rooms with a ceiling height greater than 8 feet typically include a downrod. Very high ceilings, such as a vaulted ceiling, may need a longer downrod, so check the downrod size prior to purchasing your fan. 


If you have a tall, vaulted or sloped ceiling, hang your ceiling fan from a downrod to lower it to the desired 8 or 9 feet from the floor. 


Tip: When possible, hang the fan in the middle of the room and allow at least 18 inches between fan blades and the walls. 

Ceiling Fan Styles
A fan installed in a coastal style living room.

With so many types of ceiling fans available, blades are offered in a variety of finishes, including natural, white, oak, black and more. Some blades will offer a reversible finish. 


Light shades are usually glass, either frosted or not. Ceiling fans themselves also come in a variety of finishes, and it's best to try to match the tone to the other finishes in your room/home. 


If your cabinet knobs are oil-rubbed bronze, choose a fan with a complementary finish. If possible, try to match your ceiling fan style and finish to your home's decor (flooring, paint and furniture colors and style). For example, a modern-style fan with a silver motor finish or black fan blades may look out of place in a home with cottage style.


Here are some tips finding the best ceiling fan to match your home's decor:

  • Coastal: Fans with natural wood blades and oil-rubbed bronze finishes work well. Tropical-inspired ceiling fans featuring bamboo, rattan blades and leaf-inspired designs complement beach homes and cottage-style houses. 
  • Modern: A contemporary style ceiling fan with clean lines and metallic finishes are ideal for this style home. Look for fans with a brushed nickel, satin nickel, matte black or chrome finish, as well as fans with a sleek blade design that are right at home in a loft, industrial or mid-century modern space. 
  • Cottage: Classic white ceiling fans capture cottage style best. If this is the style of your home, look for a ceiling fan that's all-white, including hardware, or features nickel hardware. 
  • Classic: Dark wood finishes, like oak or walnut paired with antique bronze or polished pewter, and a timeless blade design will blend in perfectly with a traditional-style home. 
  • Rustic: Natural woods, inspired from the great outdoors, mixed with nickel or bronze hardware complement this home decor style. Look for a ceiling fan that uses Edison-style bulbs for farmhouse appeal.
Ceiling Fan Features
Four different ceiling fans with light fixtures.

There are certain features to keep in mind when you're shopping for a new ceiling fan. Do you need a remote control or light fixture? Or are you just looking for a simple, small ceiling fan with a pull chain? Here are some common features to consider: 


Control Options

How you control your ceiling fan's speed and lighting depends on the accessories included.

  • Pull chain: The majority of standard ceiling fans will include pull chain controls that allow you to adjust fan speed and lighting. This easy-to-reach control is ideal for areas with low ceilings or in rooms that aren't used often. 
  • Remote control: The best ceiling fans for high ceilings will likely include a remote control. Handheld and convenient, ceiling fan remotes are lightweight and portable, allowing the fan to be operated within a 30 to 45-foot range. Ideal for master bedrooms and living rooms. 
  • Wall control: This option allows you to control the fan by pressing a button. A standard wall control has a range of about 40 feet. Ideal for living rooms, playrooms and kitchens. 


Lighting: The majority of ceiling fans come with a light kit; however, if you are hanging the fan in an area with good natural lighting or already-installed lighting, buying ceiling fans without lights is perfectly fine. If you do choose a ceiling fan with lights, you will need to decide between these types of lighting output. 

  • LED bulb: Consumes the least amount of energy; has an average lifespan of 50,000 hours. Fans with integrated LED bulb light kits are popular because the bulbs are built into the fan and do not need to be replaced. 
  • Fluorescent bulb: Uses less energy than incandescent bulbs, has an average life span of 10,000 hours. 
  • Halogen: These bulbs will use the most amount of energy (still less than an incandescent light bulb); has an average life span of 1,500 hours. 


Smart ceiling fans

  • Can be controlled through your smart home device. 
  • Can be connected to smart thermostats to help control air and conserve energy. 


Tip: Remember to match your light fixture and bulb style to your home decor, if you can. 

Airflow and Efficiency
An outdoor ceiling fan installed on a patio.

A fan motor determines its efficiency and airflow. Fans either come with a DC motor or an AC motor. DC motors tend to produce less heat and consume less energy than heavier AC motors. Fans with high airflow efficiency are perfect for outdoor spaces or garages because they will circulate more air and can help keep away insects and pests. 


If energy-efficiency is at the top of your must-have list, look for an Energy Star rated fan. These certified ceiling fans use up to 20 percent less energy. Energy Star-certified ceiling fans can help reduce your heating and cooling costs.


It's important to note that dirty fan blades will not have a high airflow efficiency, so be sure to dust your ceiling fans often. 


Tip: In the summer, run your fan counterclockwise for a cool breeze. In the winter, run your fan clockwise to push down warm air circulating near the ceiling to better distribute the heat throughout the room. 

 
 

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