At Lighting One of Cincinnati, we love helping people find new fixtures for their home, and one of the most popular products that we sell are new ceiling fans. It’s important to keep your home cool and comfortable in the summer, and fans with lights are perfect for your living room, bedroom, and even the kitchen! However, when shopping for a new fan, it’s important to know what size you need, otherwise you could end up with a fixture that’s too small or too big for the space. This can lead to poor air flow and decreased energy efficiency, which are two things no homeowner wants!

In this post, we’ll look at how to properly size your new ceiling fan, as well as how to hang it properly once you have it ready to install.

Measure the Room

The first thing you’ll want to do is measure the room where the fan will be installed. For this post, let’s say you’re putting a new fan in the living room. By measuring the length and width of the room from wall to wall, you can determine the room’s square footage. Once you know that number, you can find the proper blade span, which is the diameter that’s created by the blades as they spin.

If your living room is 200 square feet, you’ll want a blade span of approximately 44 to 54 inches in order to adequately move air in a space that size. To find that number, you’ll measure from the tip of one blade to the tip of the opposite blade (if the fan has an even number of blades). For fans with an odd number of blades, such as three or five, you’ll measure from the center of the fan to the tip of the blade, and then multiply that number by two. Once you know that you have the right blade span, you can choose your new fan!

Hanging Your New Fan

There are so many fan styles to choose from these days that we’re not going to discuss style in this post. We’re going to assume that you have a preference in mind, and once you know your blade span, you’ll be able to pick a fixture and bring it home for installation. Once you’re there, however, you’ll want to be sure that you hang it at the proper height. Whether or not you’re handling the installation yourself, you’ll want the fan to be centered in the room for maximum airflow. You’ll also want to make sure it’s hanging low enough for proper air circulation, but high enough so as to not pose a risk to anyone walking underneath it.

Ceiling height will be the determining factor here, and sticking with your living room, let’s say that the ceiling is the standard height of eight feet. In this instance, you’ll want to install a hugger fan that hangs very close to the ceiling, or at most, install it with a three-inch downrod. There should be a minimum of seven feet from the bottom of the fan to the floor, so that anyone of average height can walk underneath without any issue.

If your ceiling is higher than eight feet, you can add six inches of length to the downrod for every foot of height. A nine-foot ceiling would call for a three- to six-inch downrod, and then you can add six inches from there for every foot. For example, if the ceiling is 10 feet, you would use a 12-inch downrod, and for 11 feet, use an 18-inch downrod. You’ll also want to be sure that there’s plenty of clearance between the tips of the blades and the wall, but that should have been taken care of when you measured the room’s square footage and picked the proper blade span.

Finding your new ceiling fan doesn’t have to be difficult, and hopefully this post will help you get started. When you come to our lighting showroom, our staff will present you with a number of options, and by knowing what style you want and what blade span and downrod you need, you can make your choice in much less time. This means that you’ll have your new fan in your car, to your house, and on the ceiling before you know it!