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Fans are comfort instruments, and choosing the best fan is often difficult. There are many fans to consider, but ceiling fans, in particular, are a tricky product to navigate. And before purchasing, many people ask themselves, “Are bigger ceiling fans better?” Below, we’ll outline some essential information to help you understand what size ceiling fan is right for you.
If you’re debating multiple types of fans, it’s important to research what’s available, such as our article comparing ceiling fans vs standing fans. You may even be interested in our article explaining the difference between a 3-blade and a 5-blade standing fan.
To help answer the question early, “better” does not necessarily mean more powerful. Of course, a wider diameter and longer ceiling fan blades will lead to greater force and air circulation. However, the best size to purchase largely depends on the room’s size.
As a general rule, a ceiling fan blade shouldn’t be within one foot of any object with which it could come into contact.
Ceiling fan experts have developed general guidelines for what size fan is best depending on a room’s square footage:
A fan too small for the room it’s in can burn out the motor faster and leave you with high repair costs.
If you follow these basic recommendations, you’ll have a fan that can produce the proper amount of air movement for your particular space. Otherwise, a ceiling fan size that is too big for a room can cause too strong a draft, resulting in higher energy costs.
You may also want to calculate ceiling height into the equation. For example, suppose you have a room with exceptionally high or vaulted ceilings. In that case, you must account for this in determining ceiling fan sizing.
Finally, other things can play a difference in the power of your fan, such as blade material. If you are interested in this, you can check out our article comparing a metal blade fan to a plastic blade fan.
STAT: Energy Star certified fans are 60% more energy efficient than other fans. (source)