If you’re not sure where to start when choosing ceiling fans, we recommend that you start by determining the size you need for each room. As a general rule a 42” fan will cover about a 3.5m x 3.5m room (small bedroom or study), a 48” fan will cover about a 4m x 4m room (a standard bedroom or small living area), a 52” fan will cover about a 5m x 5m area (large bedroom or standard living area) and a 56” will do just over a 6m x 6m area (large living area). This is just a guide and there are other factors to think about for each particular home/area.
In general it’s probably better to have a fan which is too big for a room than to have one which is too small. A larger fan will comfortably cover a room and can be set to a lower speed, whereas a smaller fan in that same room would need to work harder to cover the area and therefore need to be on a higher speed which uses more energy. A small fan in a large room could look out of place and unbalance the room. If you are concerned about a fan looking too big in a room it is better to choose a white over a brushed aluminium or a darker colour as the white will blend into the ceiling more and appear smaller and stand out less.
Another common question with fans is how many blades should I get? There are 3, 4 and 5 bladed fans in many different styles. There is really no correct answer to this question. The amount of airflow you will get from a fan depends more on the material of the blade (timber, metal or plastic), the pitch or angle of the blade, as well as the strength and quality of the motor. These factors are more important for determining the airflow than the number of blades. So when you ask yourself this question, the most important thing is to consider which style you like the look of the most! You will find that 4 bladed fans are the most common, but at FansOnSale we have a huge range in each style.