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Choosing The Right Ceiling Fan

There are many considerations to understand when choosing the right fan including:

  • Room size and use of the room (i.e. living room, bedroom etc)
  • Ceiling Fan Size Recommendations
  • Ceiling Height
  • Recommended Installation Height
  • What is the difference between a 3, 4 or 5 blade Ceiling Fan?
  • Motor Speed & Blade Pitch
  • What is pitch?
  • Are some Ceiling Fans more powerful and quieter than others?
  • Metal Vs Timber Blades
  • What is a Hang Sure Canopy?
  • Additional Lighting Source
  • Remote Controls


Room size and use of the room (i.e. living room, bedroom etc)

There are no hard and fast rules about selecting the size or appearance of a Ceiling Fan however it’s very important to consider the size of the room when selecting a Ceiling Fan as this is the starting point for determining what overall fan size diameter is required. The larger the room is, the larger the overall Ceiling Fan diameter needs to be, to generate enough air movement resulting in a cooling breeze. Along with the overall diameter the blade pitch is also very important, the greater the blade pitch is on the Ceiling Fan the greater the volume of air that will be circulated.

Ceiling Fan Size Recommendations

  • Room Dimensions Suggested Ceiling Fan Size
  • Up to 12 Square Metres (3.5m x 3.5m small bedroom) 42” or 1067mm
  • Up to 18 Square Metres (4m x 4.5m medium bedroom small living area) 48” or 1200mm
  • UP to 30 Square Metres (5m x 6m large bedroom, large living area) 52″ or 1300mm
  • UP to 40 Square Metres (6.5m x 6.5m rumpus room, large living area) 56″ or 1400mm

Large Rooms – Living, family or master bedrooms need a Ceiling Fan with an overall diameter of 1300mm or larger to generate enough air flow. A small fan in a larger room can make a space look unbalanced whereas a Ceiling Fan can look out of place in a small room and actually make the room appear to look smaller.

Small to Medium rooms – For kitchens, dining rooms or kids bedrooms and offices you should choose a fan of 1200mm or smaller.

Outdoor Areas – Ceiling Fans located in outdoor areas should be protected from the elements as much as possible, and are only recommended for semi-outdoor rooms or alfresco areas. Outdoor fans must not be exposed to water, or water sprays under any circumstances and should have at least 3 walls of protection from wind.

Ceiling Height

If you have high ceilings above the standard 2.4 metres, you may require an extension rod to lower the Ceiling Fan. All Ceiling Fans come with an optional extension rod, standard size is 900mm but they can easily be cut to suit your requirements by the installing electrician. A Hang Sure Canopy fixing means that Ceiling Fans can be mounted on sloping or cathedral ceilings of up to 30 degrees, and of course on flat ceilings as well.

Recommended Installation Height

All Ceiling Fans should be at least 2.1 metres from the floor to the blades of the fan and at least 300mm from the ceiling. The greater the distance from the ceiling to the fan blades the greater the volume of air that will be circulated.

What is the difference between a 3, 4 or 5 blade Ceiling Fan?

The number of blades on a fan has nothing to do with efficiency, making it a matter of personal design taste, rather than a decision of performance. The performance of a ceiling fan is determined by 3 main factors:

  1. Motor speed (RPM’s).
  2. Blade design & pitch (angle of the blade in relation to the motor).
  3. Distance between Ceiling Fan blades and the ceiling.

Motor Speed & Blade Pitch

Most Ceiling Fans operate at a top speed of 200 RPM’s, motor speed, size and blade pitch are the determing factors in the amount of air flow that will be created by the Ceiling Fan.

What is pitch?

Pitch is the angle of the blade in relation to the motor, the greater the pitch the greater the movement of air volume.

Are some Ceiling Fans more powerful and quieter than others?

Another important consideration to look at when purchasing a Ceiling Fan is the power (RPM’s) of the motor.

Motors are measured in watts; often indicating how powerful the motor is however the RPM’s of the Ceiling Fan will vary depending on the resistance on the motor caused by the length and pitch of the blades. The speed of the motor, along with the rest of the design, can have an impact on how the Ceiling Fan operates and the noise it creates.

Metal Vs Timber Blades

Ceiling Fans with metal blades generate a slightly higher level of air movement noise, due to the finer leading edge of the blade slicing the air, and therefore are not recommended for bedrooms. Timber blades are ideal for bedrooms as they produce minimal noise.

What is a Hang Sure Canopy?

Hang Sure Canopies (sometimes referred to as Cathedral Canopy) allows the Ceiling Fan to be hung from a sloped or cathedral ceiling of up to 30 degrees. They also allow the Ceiling Fan to find its own true centre of gravity, which reduces wobbling and noises caused by undesired wobbling.

Additional Lighting Source

If your fan will be replacing the main light in a room (which is the case with most remote control fans) you will need to purchase a Ceiling Fan that has an integrated lighting fitting. Alternatively most Ceiling Fans are light adaptable so you can still retain your light source, if placing the Ceiling Fan in the centre of downlights or other lighting sources. If you are using downlights to light up your room and place a Ceiling Fan in the centre of these, it is very important that the fan blades are well clear of the downlight beams to avoid a strobing effect being created.

Remote Controls

Have the convenience of being able to control the light and action of your fan from a remote control. Most Ceiling Fans can be installed with a remote control kit which means that when installing a Ceiling Fan where there is an existing light point there is no need to run an extra wire to control the fan, as the remote does everything for you. Remote controls are an optional extra.