Is a Bigger Ceiling Fan Better?

A ceiling fan is an essential home appliance that is part of almost all households large and small. It is less expensive when compared to other options that can keep you cool and comfortable even in hot and humid weather like the air cooler or air conditioner. The ceiling fans are economical also because they consume less power. Unlike earlier times, when there were limited choices as far as ceiling fans are concerned, you now have stylish fans that can make a bold statement compared to the conventional ceiling fans with standard-sized blades.

How to ensure the efficiency of a ceiling fan

It is believed that when there is more number of blades and when the blades are longer, you can expect better efficiency. But, big ceiling fans need not necessarily be effective. This is because air resistance can affect the performance of the fan. This clearly emphasizes the need to choose the right ceiling fan after considering certain factors that are important for ensuring the efficiency of the fan. This includes

Size of the room

You must be aware that the fan that is too small or too big for space would not circulate the air properly. Therefore, go in for bigger fans with 42”, 52”, 56” blades for bedroom, living room, patio area, etc. only if the room size is around 100, 225, and 400sq, ft. for larger and odd-shaped rooms you may consider two smaller fans. There are many brands in India offering small ceiling fans in different designs.

 Hanging height of the fan

The ceiling fan should be at least seven feet off the floor. You can consider bigger fans only for rooms with ceiling heights that are normal. For ceilings nine feet high or more, or sloping roofs you can go in for bigger fans with downrod. This would ensure that there is enough space between the fan blade and the ceiling to ensure better air circulation.

Consider the CFM

The airflow that the fan delivers is measured in Cubic feet per minute. The CFM measurement is taken when the fan is at high speed, and it is divided by the watts used to provide the airflow. The best CFM for a ceiling fan is around 6000.


Larger ceilings fans require high-power motors to power them. The motor might sometimes be very noisy. But, the use of DC motors in ceiling fans has changed the story. The DC motor powered Ceiling fans are known for virtually silent operations, lesser power consumption, high torque that results in faster startup speeds, the possibility for up to 6 different speeds.

Number of blades

You have larger ceiling fans with up to 9 blades. It is a matter of personal choice. But, you can choose the one that is ideal for your budget and the space that has to be aerated.

The finish of the blade

The materials that the bigger ceiling fans usually feature include MDF, plastic, wood, and metal. Each one of them has a set of pros and cons. Choose the blade based on aesthetic appeal and your budget.

A bigger fan is better. But, only if it is chosen and installed after giving due consideration to the above-mentioned factors.

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