- Ceiling fans can be very helpful for moving air around a stagnant room or moving hot or cool air down from the ceiling. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but with so many choices, how do you determine what size of ceiling fan you need? These steps will help you determine what size ceiling fan you should put in a room.
- -For rooms 75 square feet or smaller, your ceiling fan should be 36 inches or less in diameter.
- -For rooms between 75 and 144 square feet, your ceiling fan should have a diameter of 36 to 42 inches.
- -For larger rooms, with a square footage around 225, a 50 to 54 inch blade span, or even larger, are best.
The American Lighting Association recommends that you should put a ceiling fan at least 7 feet above the floor. This means that you should probably not install a ceiling fan in a room that has a very low ceiling- although there are some excellent low profile fans for lower ceilings. It also means that you need to look at the drop of any ceiling fans you are considering, making sure that the lowest point of the fan will be above 7 feet at minimum. You may want a ceiling fan that has a light integrated into it, so that it can function as a light and a fan. Ceiling fans with light kits will usually have a greater depth. So, a ceiling fan with lights could add a much as 9 inches to the drop. This means that you need an even higher ceiling for a ceiling fan with a light on it, than one with without. While all ceiling fans should have additional supports added to the electrical box they are connected to, larger ceiling fans usually weight more and thus will need stronger support to hang from. A qualified electrician can make the correct determinations of all of these factors for each specific installation.
In closing, remember- if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.