How to Choose the Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling Fans

How to choose the right one.

Ceiling fans have come so far!! They no longer are the eye-sore that they were in the past. We have so many lines with every style that you can imagine. Modern, Industrial, Commercial, Rustic, Coastal, Contemporary, Bohemian, Tropical, and of course, Traditional.
But how do you determine what ceiling fan is right for your room? The size? The fan blades? What if I have a sloped ceiling? This guide will help you figure how to find a ceiling fan that will work perfectly for your space.

Ceiling Fan with Black Blades
How to determine the correct


This can seem like a daunting task at first. What is the biggest size fan that I can get that will provide the maximum amount of airflow without delivering too much so that the fan "wobbles"? Good quality fans deliver incredible airflow so that bigger isn't necessarily better. We have a guide from our trusted brand KICHLER that helps give great guidelines to choose the best fan suited for your needs.

blade sweep is 15-42"


square feet or less
blade sweep is 44-48"


square feet or less
blade sweep is 50-54"


square feet or less
blade sweep is 56-96"


square feet or more
How do I determine

how low my ceiling fan should hang?

With a ceiling fan, there are two factors that dictate how low or high your fan should be mounted. Height above the ground and distance away from the wall. In any room, your fan blades should be a minimum of 12" away from any wall and should be centered in the room. If they are not centered, your fan is at risk to have a "wobble" effect. They should also never drop to give less than a 7.0' clearance and the blades should have a minimum of 7.5' for clearance. If you have a standard 8' ceiling, you will ideally want to look for a hugger-style fan. This type of fan offers no downrods and mounts as though it is "hugging" your ceiling.

For higher ceilings, as long as you have the minimum height for clearance, aesthetics can come into play. Although if you hang it too high, the fan will have to work harder to push the air down and the air efficiency becomes weaker.

For a sloped ceiling.

For sloped ceilings, depending on the pitch of your ceiling, you may need to purchase a sloped ceiling kit specifically for your fan. AND you need to be extremely meticulous in your measurements to ensure that there is proper clearance from the blades of your fan to the sloped ceilings (minimum 1' of clearance from the wall at all angles).

Ceiling Fan with Downrods
What is the difference between an

a/c or d/c motor?

A/C motors are the most common and also are less expensive than your D/C motor. So why would you consider a D/C motor? They are whisper-quiet and use up to 70% less energy than your standard A/C motor. So although they may cost more up front, in the long run it will save you a noticeable amount of money on your energy bill.

For a sloped ceiling:

For sloped ceilings, you need to purchase a kit specifically for sloped ceilings. AND you need to be extremely meticulous in your measurements so that there is proper clearance from the sloped ceilings.

Should I consider

fan controls?

Yes! Some fans include the standard wall mounted controls, but we would recommend that you get a remote that you can conveniently control from wherever you are in the room. If you wake up in the middle of the night freezing cold, but do not wish to leave the comfort of your bed, you could simply adjust your fan right from bed.