How to Choose the Right Size Ceiling Fan

When you first consider putting a ceiling fan into your home, it may not seem like a big deal. If you have a light installed, chances are good, you already have the required wiring. However, then you walk into a home improvement store and realize that there are a ton of ceiling fans to choose from and they come in a variety of shapes. Some have more blades and some have less. Which one is right for your home? We are here to tell you how to choose the right size ceiling fan for your home, but first, you need to consider the size of the room you want to put the fan in.

When looking at the room, you will want to base your fan choice on the longest wall of that room. A room that at its longest, less than 12ft will not need a large fan. You can choose the 36” fan or go a little smaller and still be comfortable. If your longest wall is more than 15ft, you will want the largest fan you can find. Another consideration before you run out and buy a fan is the shape of your ceiling. Very high ceilings or those that are vaulted need to have a ceiling fan that is dropped down by a rod. Your ideal placement should be 8-9ft above the floor. If your ceilings are low to the floor, you will need to have a fan that sits flush against the ceiling.

In the event that you need a rod to put your ceiling fan down a little closer to the floor, you can find them anywhere between a foot long and 16ft long. If you have a light on your ceiling fan, you will need to make sure you compensate for the fan’s light. This means that if it is a chandelier type light that drops below the fan by a foot, you need to have a rod that is a foot shorter so that you do not end up with a light in your face.

From there, you have to look at the blade count on the fan. Typically speaking, a larger fan will have more blades, but this is not always the case. If you are unsure about the blades, you can ask the people at the home improvement store for advice, but in general the more blades, the more air it will push.

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