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Ceiling Fan 101

Ceiling fans are the perfect fusion of function and style. Ceiling fans can provide refreshing air movement (and help cut those AC costs), while still illuminating your space and providing opportunity for fun style choices. However shopping for a ceiling fan can be a little overwhelming. But not to worry, we are here to help!

1) Ceiling Height

When shopping for a ceiling fan it is important to know the height of the ceiling for the room you are looking for. If you have a high ceiling (over 10’) you will likely want to shop for ceiling fans that have a down rod so you can lower the fan into the room. If you have an average ceiling height (lower than 10’) then you don’t need to shop for a fan with a down rod. 

2) Size of The Fan

The size of your ceiling fan should be proportionate to the size of your room. See below for a handy reference chart from our friends at Kendal Lighting.

Room SizeFan Size
Up to 75 sq. ft(Good for: bathrooms, breakfast nooks, utility rooms)20-36”
Up to 175 sq. ft(Good for: bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms)42-52”
Up to 350 sq. ft(Good for: large bedrooms, family rooms, media rooms)52-60”
More than 350 sq. ft(Good for: great rooms, other large spaces)60”+

As a good rule of thumb, ensure that there is at least 24” of clearance between the edge of the blade and any surrounding wall. 

3) Air Movement

The great benefit of having a ceiling fan is the air movement. The amount of air flow is determined by the pitch of the blades. Most residential ceiling fans will be pitched between 12-16 degrees.There are also fans with higher pitches like 22 degrees for even more air movement. The greater degree of pitch will result in more air flow. 

4) Style

Of course, all lighting design choices come back to your preferred style. We want to ensure that you are creating a home to be proud of! When looking at the different finishes and colours of fans available its important to remember this good rule of thumb: a white fan on a white ceiling will blend in and allow other design choices to stand out, while a coloured fan on a white ceiling will stand out and work as a focal point in your room. 

If you are looking to add or replace your ceiling fans please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!