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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans were once thought of as strictly practical products, designed to move air around and cool down a room. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality anymore — you can have a ceiling fan that looks great and functions perfectly. Knowing what to look for will help you purchase the perfect fan for your room, so follow these easy tips to choose the right one.

What size ceiling fan do I need for my space?


Ceiling fans need to have enough room to rotate their blades and allow air to circulate properly. The size of a fan is determined by its blade span, which is measured straight across from one fan blade tip to the opposite blade tip. Here’s a quick list of typical ceiling fan sizes and their matching room dimensions:

  • 40-inch fan: Rooms up to 80 square feet (approximately 8’x10’)
  • 50-inch fan: Rooms between 80 and 168 square feet (approximately 12’x14’)
  • 60-inch fan: Rooms between 168 and 360 square feet (approximately 18’x20’)
  • 60+-inch fan: Rooms 360 square feet and larger (approximately 18’x20’ and up)

    Can ceiling fans be mounted differently?


    Yes, not all fans are made to be used in every situation. The method of installation depends on the height and type of ceiling you have. A general rule is that ceiling fans should be installed about 8 feet from the ground, minimum 7 feet if absolutely necessary. Here are the three main mounting types:

  • Flush mount: Low ceilings require close or flush-mount ceiling fan installation. The low profile designs help minimize bulkiness while providing plenty of clearance to walk under. These are also known as hugger ceiling fans because of the way they “hug” the ceiling.
  • Downrod: If your ceilings are high, you may need a downrod to bring the fan to the correct height. Some downrod ceiling fans are adjustable, but most come in incremental lengths of six inches, so be sure to measure before buying.
  • Angled/sloped: Sloped ceilings can still accommodate a ceiling fan, you just need one that is sloped ceiling adaptable so that it hangs level to the floor.

    Which features should I look for in a good ceiling fan?


    The best ceiling fans will be the ones that work well for your specific space in terms of style, size and functionality, but if you want to ramp up the value look for these popular features:

  • Energy Star: Ceiling fans with the Energy Star rating have been certified as meeting certain energy efficiency standards. This could help save on your electricity bill without sacrificing any functionality.
  • Lighted: Ceiling fans with lights do double duty. Why have a fan and a separate lighting source when you can have both in one product?
  • Remote Control: Don’t bother getting up and down to change the settings. Invest in a ceiling fan with a remote for easy control over blade speed and light intensity.
  • Quiet: Want to stay cool but don’t want to hear the roar of a fan? Keep your eyes open for quiet ceiling fans that minimize the noise they make — you’ll forget it’s even on!
  • Outdoor: If you have a great outdoor living space, why not keep the airflow going with an outdoor ceiling fan? These are specifically designed for outdoor use or in potentially wet and damp locations. Do not try to use an indoor-only fan outside.
  • Reversible: Did you know fans can be used to heat a room also? Look for one with a reversible motor to heat and cool a space as needed. Set it to counter-clockwise to push air downwards and cause a cooling effect, or clockwise so it grabs the warm air that gathers near the ceiling (hot air rises!) and redistributes it throughout the room.
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    Featured Reviews of Ceiling Fans

    Westinghouse Turbo Indoor Ceiling Fan, Brushed Aluminum
    Ceiling Fans
    May 17, 2018
    Great fan for a small room!: Bought this fan for my soon to be born daughters nursery, the a smaller room so I didn’t want a large fan. This one fit the bill, it’s kind of a pain to put together but definitely worth it! I will also say that I changed out the bulbs that came with it for some much much brighter LED replacements.
    48" Honeywell Carmel Indoor Ceiling Fan with Remote Control, Brushed Nickel
    Ceiling Fans
    Mar 6, 2018
    Great looking fan!: Although we haven't installed the fan yet as the room isn't finished, it is a great looking fan. Can't wait to see it up! Hoping it produces as good as it looks. Will update review once we are completed with the room renovation.
    52" Rudolph Ceiling Fan, Oil Rubbed Bronze
    Ceiling Fans
    Sep 13, 2017
    Great look & quality: I love the simplicity of the look of this fan. The construction is solid and the install was easy. I liked it so much that I ordered 3 more for the rest of my bedrooms. Great fan for the price!
    Jake Crystal Folding Blades Ceiling Fan and Remote Control, 42", Cold Light
    Ceiling Fans
    Oct 30, 2017
    Stunning, Quiet and Lots of Airflow: I finished installing my fan/chandelier this weekend. It took next to no time to install the fan. The installation of the crystals took 4hrs. Almost 2 hours just on the outer ring. I don't know why the company could not have put those on prior to shipment. Do yourself a favor and install the outer ring faux crystals before you hang the assembly. Your arms and feet will thank you! It looks gorgeous fully assembled and the fan uses centrifugal acceleration to expand the fan blades once you choose a speed setting. Its neat to watch them move outward and then draw back in when you turn the power off. They are VERY quiet (think Prius quiet) and produce a lot of air. The crystal balls don't move at all with the fan in motion, so that is a testament to how well this is balanced. This design is very high end and all of the parts are high quality. The only draw back is that the LED is one setting: 4000K. So it's a very bright cool white. Which is too strong for use in a bedroom. I wish I could change the light color/intensity. But the beauty and functionality of this makes the one light level easy to overlook.
    52" Ceiling Fan by Hunter, Contemporary Style, Matte Black Finish
    Ceiling Fans
    Jul 11, 2017
    The fan is beautiful, just as described and I'm completely happy with the purchase.: The fan is beautiful, just as described and I'm completely happy with the purchase. It was wonderful to also get it in sale with no tax or shipping. Bonus! I would definitely recommend to anyone. Very sleek in person.
    5 Light Black Vintage Industrial Ceiling Fan with Remote, Reversible Blades, 52"
    Ceiling Fans
    Jan 4, 2019
    so many more designs to chose from than the big box stores.: so many more designs to chose from than the big box stores. the design fit our space perfect. only complaint is the directions in the box did not seem to be for the fan we received. didn't really matter as we were just replacing one that had been there.
    Ana Ceiling Fan With Light
    Ceiling Fans
    Feb 8, 2019
    I love this fan!: I love this fan! It looks so pretty in my kitchen. I love the plain, Scandinavian style. Things I didn't like (but don't matter): the light shade is plastic, not glass, but it looks like glass; the light looks like florescent light, kind of like an office; the controller makes the tiniest beep when you push a button, and my dog is scared to death of this noise! My husband can't even hear the noise! But my dog is getting acclimated, and we just clear our throats when we turn the fan on.
    Tiffany Style Stained Glass Halston Ceiling Fan, Blue
    Ceiling Fans
    Nov 21, 2018
    This is a gorgeous ceiling fan and the decor fits antique and beautiful.: This is a gorgeous ceiling fan and the decor fits antique and beautiful. The assembly took my handy husband 4 hours and a few consults to my engineer brother otherwise would have given 5 stars! Also, the upper portion has 4 seven watt bulbs which don’t provide light, just illuminate the upper portion for looks. You have to unscrew the top to change these lights, so invest in 20 year bulbs. Lol. Enjoy the looks of this it’s lovely!
    Modern LED Crystal Ceiling Fans with Foldable Blades, Chrome
    Ceiling Fans
    Jul 25, 2018
    Beautiful light: This fan/light is beautiful and very quiet, the fan really puts out. I was difficult to install due to the support brackets having to be changed. The wiring for remote is confusing and not explained very well. We have the remote wired wrong and the only speed the fan will work on is high and it is just too much trouble to unassemble and correct the connection. I will do that someday. If you are not electrically gifted, I would suggest paying someone to install.
    Industrial Ceiling Fan With Retractable Blades, Antique Gray
    Ceiling Fans
    Aug 13, 2018
    Really nice: Beautiful fans, yes you have to put them together, got easier after the 1st one of the four ordered. Look great in the rooms! Appear very well made. Straightforward to install. Only downside is these are not dimmable. But we placed these in three low ceiling bedrooms that currently do not have dimmer switches. Five bulbs does make the lighting bright (huge change from the old giant barely any light ceiling fans) so the only struggle has been finding lower brightness filament led bulbs.

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