Features to Look for When Buying a Ceiling Fan

Using ceiling fans can save you energy and money. They can also make a room or business look more stylish.  

Your trusted licensed residential electricians at Bailey & Shipp shares features to consider when buying a ceiling fan. 

Fan Size

Keep in mind that bigger spaces require bigger fans. For rooms less than 80 sq. ft., a 24-42” blade span is suitable. In a small bedroom, office, or any area that’s 100 to 150 sq. ft., choose a 44-50” blade span. Standard rooms that measure 150 to 300 sq. ft., a 52-60” blade span works. A 62” blade span is perfect for rooms that are larger than 300 sq. ft. 

Cubic Feet of Airflow Per Minute (CPM)

CPM refers to the wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler. Pick the highest CFM you can find to save more energy. Models with higher CFM have a bigger motor that needs more energy to function. However, has a significantly lower energy use than running your air conditioner.    


Invest in a fan with higher CFM and better motor. A good motor boosts CFM and reduces noise and wobbling. At Bailey & Ship, we can help you pick the best ceiling fan for your home or business. Our electricians are experts in ceiling fan and generator installation services


The number and angle of blades affect how your ceiling fan performs. While many assume that more blades mean more air is circulated, but the truth is they create drag. Three blades are the most efficient but four to five blades look more beautiful and create less noise. Look for blades that are angled 12-14 degrees for more efficient air circulation. 

Energy Efficiency

Fans with the ENERGY STAR label are around 20 percent more efficient than standard ceiling fans. ENERGY STAR-rated models with light are up to 60 percent more efficient than normal ceiling fans. Models that require less than 70 watts are more efficient. 

Choose Bailey & Shipp for quality ceiling fan installation. Our experienced electricians are here to help you 24/7. We also specialize in residential electrical repair, exterior lighting, and hot tub wiring. Call us at (410) 457-3507 or complete our online form to request a service. We serve clients in Columbia, MD. 

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