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Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Let’s face it. It’s hot, and air conditioning doesn’t always do the trick. Ceiling fans can be a saving grace on a warm summer night or humid day. Don’t spend another minute being uncomfortable without a ceiling fan.How to choose a ceiling fan does not need to be complicated or confusing! Use this ceiling fan buying guide to find one that is stylish, functional, and fits your space perfectly. This guide will help you figure out how to buy a ceiling fan online and what to look for when selecting a ceiling fan. 




What ceiling fan size do I need for my space?


One of the most challenging aspects about choosing a ceiling fan is finding right size ceiling fan for your space. For visual balance and ideal air flow, ceiling fan height is just as important as ceiling fan size.

The size of your ceiling fan will be dependent on the size of the room. To determine the size of a fan, you will want to look at the blade span. Ceiling fans are measured by the size of the blade span, which is the distance from the tip of one blade to the end of the blade directly across from it.

We have a number of ceiling fan sizes available. If you are looking to install a fan above a breakfast nook or in a utility room, a blade span of 29” to 36” will be sufficient in size. In bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, the blade span should fall in the 42” to 48” range. For master bedrooms and family rooms, look for a blade span between 52” and 56”. For larger spaces that are bigger than 350 square feet, 60” or more is needed.


What ceiling fan height is appropriate for my application?


You should aim to have the ceiling fan height around 8 feet, measuring from the floor up to the blade. That means a fan installed on a 9-foot ceiling should a 6-inch downrod. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add 6 more inches of downrod. Since ceiling heights vary from space to space, most fans will come with different size downrods for adjustability.

If you are installing a ceiling fan in a room with low ceilings, which are under 8 feet, look for a fan that can be flush mounted so that it sits as close to the ceiling as possible. These fans are sometimes referred to as low profile or hugger ceiling fans.


What is ceiling fan blade pitch?


When asking yourself what to look for in a ceiling fan, make sure you consider blade pitch. Blade pitch is the angle of the fan’s blade measured in degrees, influencing how much air is moved around by the fan. The lower the blade pitch, the less air it moves around. Look for a fan between 12 to 15 degrees, which is the optimal range for blade pitch.


How do I choose a finish, style and color?


If you are wondering how to choose a ceiling fan color, our design team recommend matching the motor finish to cabinet hardware and knobs, and choosing a blade finish that goes with paint color, furniture and flooring. We have options for every budget, including affordable and low price ceiling fans.

This brief list provides a few style ideas that are helpful when buying a ceiling fan online:

  • • Vintage style ceiling fans tend to be more decorative and complement classic home decor
  • • Modern ceiling fans have clean, sleek lines and metallic finishes
  • • Rustic fans feature dark wood and bronze finishes

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What about lights on a ceiling fan?


If you would like to buy a ceiling fan with light because you need an additional light source in your space, a light kit or integrated LED light is a great option. Some brands make universal light kits that are compatible with their ceiling fans. Some modern ceiling fans have integrated LED light options built into the fan.

Watch below for Kichler’s fast facts for choosing the right ceiling fan.