Ceiling Fan Buying Guide Part 1

Whether you are looking for cheap ceiling fans or top rated ceiling fans, there are factors that everyone should consider. 

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Indoor or Outdoor Ceiling Fan?

First of all are you planning to install your new ceiling fan in your home or outdoors? A proper fan must be selected to fit the area. The main difference is the safety rating. If you want to know all about safety rating of ceiling fans and other lighting fixtures, see our post on UL Ratings. Outdoor ceiling fans are generally UL Damp or UL Wet rated, but check to make sure. An outdoor ceiling fan can be installed inside your home if you desire. However, it is usually better to not install indoor ceiling fans outdoors, especially if they are UL Dry rated. For more details see our article How to Buy an Outdoor Ceiling Fan.  We have plenty of outdoor ceilings fans with lights and also cheap ceiling fans in our open box section.

Just because you plan to install your ceiling fan indoors does not mean a UL Dry rated fan is the best option. For example, if you are looking for a fan to cool your bathroom or kitchen, these are places that can be excessively moist. For these areas, it is strongly recommended that you pick a UL Wet or UL Damp rated ceiling fan. Wooden blades are best used only in dry environments, otherwise they may warp and bend over time. Learn more about UL Ratings.

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What about ceiling height?

It is recommended that your ceiling fans are at least seven feet off the ground, you don’t want anyone to get hit in the head. If you have high ceilings you can use a downrod to lower a ceiling fan. If you have low ceilings, eight feet or less, you should consider a hugger ceiling fan. If you cannot find a hugger fan you like, there are also ceiling adapters that can be used to convert many other ceiling fans.

Since you want the ceiling fan to be at least seven feet above the floor, don’t forget to include the height of the fan itself in your calculations. Our chart below can help you quickly select a downrod with proper length.

What if my ceiling is sloped?

It depends on how steep the slope of your ceiling is. The ball joint that most ceiling fans use can accommodate an angle up to twenty nine degrees. If your ceiling has a slope greater than twenty nine degrees you will need to purchase an adapter. Note that hugger fans generally cannot be installed on a sloped ceiling. For help determining the slope of your ceiling see this article. If you determine you have a sloped roof we have slope adapters.

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Does one size fit all?

Nope. A ceiling fan that is too small won’t adequately cool your room, and large fan in small room will be overwhelming. When it comes to ceiling fans you have options, from large ceiling fans to mini ceiling fans. The size of your ceiling fan should be be correlated to the size of the room if you want good air flow. If you have extra long or extra large rooms, you may want to consider having multiple ceiling fans to properly cool the entire room. Remember, blade span is measured from the tip of one blade to the tip of the blade on the opposite side, or diameter if you prefer. The table below will help you choose the correct size of fan for most rooms.

Room Size

Blade Span

Up to 40 square feet

24-34 inches

40-75 square feet

34-42 inches

75-100 square feet

40-44 inches

100-150 square feet

44-48 inches

150-200 square feet

48-52 inches

200-250 square feet

52-54 inches

250-300 square feet

54-58 inches

300-350 square feet

58-62 inches

350-400+ square feet

62-72 inches

For the second part of our ceiling fan buying guide click here.

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