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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

    52" Wave Ceiling Fan, Distressed Koa
    Ceiling Fans
    February 11, 2015
    Beautiful Fan: I was so happy to find this fan after initially being disappointed at the cost of a BAF Haiku. This is one of the most beautiful ceiling fans I've ever seen, it was easy to install, is very quiet, and the remote control is a handy feature. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sleek and sculptural ceiling fan.
    Westinghouse 7876400 Ceiling Fan
    Ceiling Fans
    February 10, 2016
    Great fan with style!: I love the color! The look is very modern for both of my boy's bedroom. Very sleek. The picture and description was true to the design. I am very pleased with this purchase and would definitely order again!
    Canbury Indoor Ceiling Fan, Brushed Nickel
    Ceiling Fans
    March 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
    September 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!
    Westinghouse Wengue Ceiling Fan With Light, Chrome, 30"
    Ceiling Fans
    November 1, 2018
    Extremely Powerful and Completely Silent!: I bought this fan for my son's bedroom because it had short blades and would be safer with bunkbeds. Little did I know, it would be the best ceiling fan that I would ever own. It is the most powerful fan I have ever seen, and also the quietest! Out of every fan that we bought, some triple the price as this one, this is definitely the best!
    Rhodes Folding Blades Ceiling Fan With Light and Remote Control, 36"
    Ceiling Fans
    January 15, 2018
    Fabulous!: I️ did 2 of these in my huge remodel — wish now I️ had done more. They are amazing it has become my favorite thing to show how you turn on the light and the blades come out & it works great is not obtrusive when you turn off the fan the blades disappear & you have a great light in the room. Can’t wait for warmer weather to have them on. You won’t be sorry— I️ think I️ paid much more for mine in the Fanimation line— very cool & sleek look for any room
    Jake Crystal Folding Blades Ceiling Fan and Remote Control, 42", White Light
    Ceiling Fans
    October 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.
    Turbine Wooden Ceiling Fan With Remote Control, 52"
    Ceiling Fans
    August 9, 2018
    The fan is nice, very stylish.: The fan is nice, very stylish. The motor is a little cheaper, so it is a little louder than some of the other brands. However, unless you have it going full blast you don't really hear it. Far more stylish than what you can find at the big box stores.
    Dempsey 2 Light 44 in. Indoor Ceiling Fan in Fresh White
    Ceiling Fans
    July 28, 2017
    Not Disappointed: This ceiling fan is better than pictured. Nice clean lines. My only complaint is the light only has one setting: on or off! The fan itself 3 settings. All in all a good product.
    Modern LED Crystal Ceiling Fans with Foldable Blades, Chrome
    Ceiling Fans
    July 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.

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