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4 Things to Look for When Buying a New Ceiling Fan

The company at lumens.com hired jessica.mcclennen@gmail.com to write and publish articles for their site. Unfortunately, Jessica also known as prashant.puri@gmail.com convinced me to share her post with a no-follow link in exchange for $$$. Once the article was written and placed she would not answer emails and refused to pay. This was her article: 

Your ceiling is prime real estate within your home. When you hang a fixture overhead, you want to make it count. Yes, it should look stylish and fit your chosen design scheme. After all, you don’t want your lighting fixture to stick out like a sore thumb and draw eyes for all the wrong reasons! But it also needs to be highly functional and improve your living space in some way.

This is exactly why so many homeowners want ceiling fans to pull double duty: they want modern design flair and year-round efficiency. And yet even narrowing it down this far leaves so many choices on the table. How can you be sure to find a fixture that perfectly fits the room—whether you’re shopping for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or enclosed porch?

Here are four things to look for when you’re buying a new ceiling fan that will help make the decision a no-brainer:



If you buy a fan that’s too small for your room, it will look comically underwhelming. Plus, it just won’t move the volume of air that you’re expecting. If you buy a fan that’s too large, it will overpower the space and create a gale-force wind that scatters your papers and whisks your dust bunnies into plain view.

According to Consumer Reports, 52-inch fans work well in rooms between 225 and 400 square feet (and are the most popular size). For slightly cozier rooms between 144 and 225 square feet, you’ll want a model between 42 and 44 inches. If you’re teetering on the line between these two categories, always choose the larger size but run it slightly slower so it’s not noticeably loud.



A fan is only as good as its blades. You’ll want to choose high-quality blades to ensure that your new fixture keeps spinning flawlessly for years to come. Another factor to consider is the pitch, or the angle in degrees that the blade tilts. As ENERGY STAR points out, a higher pitch generally means that the fan will move more air. Check the cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) measurement to determine the circulation capabilities of a fan before you buy.



You’ll hardly notice the cool breeze coming from on high if the fixture itself is an eyesore. If design is what you’re worried about, you’re in luck! Online retailers like Lumens have a wide variety of modern ceiling fans, each model with its own feel and distinctive look. Looking to add a little warmth to the room in question? Hang a fan with curved blades in warm wooden tones, like the Light Wave Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire. Interested in adding an industrial touch to a contemporary room? Try any of the sleek metallic models available, like the Lapa Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company.

No matter what your tastes, the fact that you can choose blade number, materials and design means that you can find a perfectly fitting fan—and have some fun doing so!


Light Kits

Do you want your new fan strictly for cool-down purposes, or would shedding some light on the room below help the ambiance? Choosing a fan with a light kit is an excellent way to brighten up any room while also moving the air and keeping it from getting stuffy.

It’s a given that fans are efficient in how they cool down a room and take some pressure off your thermostat, but you can also choose LED light kits and fixtures with a dimmable feature to make your home even greener.

So, there you have it. When you’re shopping for a new ceiling fan, just keep calm and keep these four factors in mind.


  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    Living in the south ceiling fans are a must so your article was timely and reminds me that it may be time to replace some of ours.