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Which Ceiling Fan Moves the Most Air

Now that you’ve decided a ceiling fan is for you, it’s time to see what goes into selecting a ceiling fan that will fit your room and your needs without going into shock at the enormous selections available. After all, this is supposed to be a fun opportunity to influence the look of your room with a fan that will reflect your style and taste. But you also want to size the ceiling fan properly, and that means understanding which ceiling fan moves the most air and how various styles move air differently. After you choose, then installing a ceiling fan and finally wiring and connecting a ceiling fan will be your next steps.


Before you select a ceiling fan, you’ll want to ask yourself several questions:

  • What size is my room (length and width)?
  • How tall is my ceiling?
  • What style is my room?

What Size is My Room?

This seems like an obvious thing to some, but the reason ceiling fans are available in sizes ranging from 30″ to 52″ is because each size is capable of moving differing amounts of air. Determining which ceiling fan moves the most air may or may not be your goal, but you still want to match the fan size to the room size. What you want to do is take some measurements of your room and see which fan would be the best fit. Start with size first, then move to select your preferred style. Here are the basic recommendations when considering which size fan to place in a room. Remember, these aren’t rules – but they are good guidelines:

  • Small bedrooms or kitchens (8′ x 10′) – 30″ ceiling fan
  • Medium bedrooms, kitchens, smaller living rooms (12′ x 12′) – 42″-44″ ceiling fan
  • Larger rooms (18′ x 20′) – 52″+ ceiling fan

Ceiling fans have a few typical sizes, but they are, in reality, available in a huge range of diameters. This means that you can really get a small or even a really large fan to fill just about any room. You can also add more than one fan to fill a truly large area. The general rule is that a ceiling fan’s blade needs to be at least 24 inches away from any wall or obstruction. Other than that you are attempting to match the fan to the airflow needs of the room. Remember, a fan doesn’t technically cool the room, it simply circulates air in a way that distributes cool or hot air as needed.

How Tall Is My Ceiling?

The ceiling height will help determine how you mount the fan. For example, ceilings that are 8 feet tall (the minimum recommended height for any ceiling fan) you will need to mount the fan flush to the ceiling. If you have 9 or 10 foot ceilings you can use a standard short or regular downrod. If you have even taller ceilings you can use an extended downrod (over 12 inches). With some fans, downrods are included, with others this will be a separate purchase. For tall or vaulted ceilings all bets are off and it’s up to your preference as to how low you’d like to hang the fan.


What Style is My Room?

Matching the style of your room is a fun part of purchasing a ceiling fan. Kid’s rooms are truly fun, with lots of creative and colorful designs available on the market today. We’ve seen ceiling fans whose light kits look like little submarines. One of our favorites is a catchers’ mitt with a baseball as the globe light.

Ceiling fans can be modern, traditional, classic or playful. One of my favorite styles is a tropical wide fan blade that looks great in beach homes. Many will be familiar with the traditional white 5-blade system that can be found in almost any manufactured or site-built home. You’ll be surprised at how many choices there are out there – don’t worry. Many manufacturers will have sorting systems on their websites for the different styles. This will make picking a fan a lot easier. Taking all of these things into account will ensure you have much success in choosing a ceiling fan to complement any room. Pick the fan that fits well with the décor of the room. And don’t forget the most important part: Have fun!

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