How To Choose A Ceiling Fan

Written by: Erica Spangler

Design Specialist
Learn how to find the right ceiling fan for your home both inside and outside. Learn what size you will want, the type of motor and make sure you get the right type for your ceiling height and angle.

Find the perfect ceiling fan by following the steps listed in this guide.

Fan Type

Downrod Included

Great for high ceilings or vaulted ceilings

Flushmount / Hugger

Also called snugger. Best fit for standard height ceilings (8-9 ft)

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Light Kit Included

Wonderful for adding extra light

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Excellent for restaurants or places of business

Ceiling Fan Size

Use this formula to verify the proper size ceiling fan for your room or outdoor seating area.

What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need For A Room?

Room’s width (feet) x Room’s length (feet) = Room’s Square Footage (sq. ft.)


What size ceiling fan do I need for outside?

Outdoor ceiling fans should typically be at least 52 inches in diameter. Anything smaller than that may not have the capacity to move enough air around. Outdoor fans can even measure up to 70 inches in diameter.

NOTE: Ceiling fans should be at least 7 feet from the floor.


Ceiling Fan Terminology

Vaulted Ceiling

If you have a vaulted ceiling, then make sure the ceiling fan you want has a sloped ceiling adapter available.



Remember that fans with the ENERGY STAR stamp are rated as being more energy efficient.

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Check to see if the blades are included with your fan purchase and note that some fans have many blade options.

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Blade Pitch

The angle of a single blade. Measured in degrees.



The electricity needed to run the fan. Measured in AMPs.

Motor Size

Measured in MMs. The higher the number, the more powerful the fan. 


Cubic Feet Per Minute

The total airflow the fan produces at top speed. Measured in CFM. 

Revolutions Per Minute

The total number of rotations in one a particular minute, which is variant on the fan’s speed. Measured in RPMs.