How To Choose A Ceiling Fan

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
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Ceiling Fan Inspiration
Learn how to find the right ceiling fan for your home both inside and outside. Learn what size you will want, they type of motor and make sure you get the right type for your ceiling height and angle.

Fan Type

Ceiling Fans with Downrods

Downrod Included

Great for high ceilings or vaulted ceilings

Flushmount Ceiling Fan


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

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Ceiling Fans with Light Kits

Light Kit Included

Wonderful for adding extra light

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Specialty Ceiling Fans


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.)

Ceiling Fan Sizing Chart

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.

Motor Options

Make sure to check out the motor type if you are looking for a more energy-efficient fan.

Alternating Current motor (AC motor) – Standard fan motor, which uses an alternating current to power.

Direct Current motor (DC motor) – Technologically advanced to be up to 70 percent more efficient, and but do, generally, cost more.

Indoor Versus Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans function great both indoors and outdoors. Check if the fan is UL rated for exterior applications. The ceiling must have a UL rating for “wet use” for exterior lighting purposes.
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