Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

Keep your home comfortable by choosing the best ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can complement any decor, increase your comfort by warming or cooling the room, and help you save money on your energy bill. This guide will help you understand which type and size ceiling fan will work best in your home.

Ceiling Fan

Tip: In the summer, run your fan counterclockwise for a cool breeze. In the winter, run your fan clockwise to push down warm air circulating near the ceiling to better distribute the heat throughout the room.

Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Measure the room before you purchase your ceiling fan to ensure you get the size that will be most effective for the space.

Length of Longest Wall in Room Best Ceiling Fan Width

Less than 12 feet 36 inches or less

12 to 15 feet 40 to 48 inches

More than 15 feet 52 inches or more


If you have a tall, vaulted or sloped ceiling, hang your ceiling fan from a down-rod to lower it to the desired 8 or 9 feet from the floor. Also remember to get a long pull chain, remote or wall control so that you can operate the fan.

To replace an old fan, remove it and use the existing wiring. For a new fan, consult with an electrician and adhere to local building codes.

Ceiling fans must be hung from a junction box labeled “suitable for fan support.” These are stronger than light fixture support boxes and can carry the weight of a fan as well as an attached light kit.

Ceiling fans with LED light kits have a much longer lifespan and ENERGY STAR-certified ceiling fans can help reduce your heating and cooling costs. To ensure maximum comfort and energy efficiency, select a ceiling fan with an automatic temperature adjustment feature.

If you are in need of a new ceiling fan call Let Me Fix It Handyman Service at 402-401-4176 to schedule an installation.

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