You may be asking yourself, “How do I choose a ceiling fan?” Our ceiling fan buying guide series will make choosing the right fan a breeze. We’ll cover the ins and outs of features, fashion, and even finishes in this comprehensive series.

If you follow our 8-step guide, you will be able to narrow down your choices, so you’ll be happy with the ceiling fan you buy for years to come. This three-part guide will walk you through the following 8 steps:


Part One: The Basics
Step 1:
Considering your ceiling fan budget
Step 2: Choosing a ceiling fan for room size
Step 3: Installing an indoor fan or outdoor fan


Part Two: The Style
Step 4: Choosing the style of your ceiling fan
Step 5: Choosing ceiling fan finish options


Part Three: The Accessories
Step 6: Choosing a ceiling fan with lighting
Step 7: Ceiling fan controls
Step 8: Fan accessories for installation

So let’s get started. In this first installment of our buying guide we’ll be covering the first three steps, starting with the location of the fan. When shopping for a Hunter ceiling fan you need to know a few details about where you’re going to install the ceiling fan.  Will it be an indoor fan or an outdoor fan? And what size room and what are the weather conditions for where the fan will be located?

Step 1: Considering Your Ceiling Fan Budget

Whether you’re replacing a broken ceiling fan or remodeling a room - or several - Hunter has a ceiling fan for a wide variety of budgets, and because it’s a Hunter fan you know you are getting the best ceiling fan out there at any price. You might also want to sign up for our email newsletter, because we do have great deals and promotions throughout the year.


Ceiling fans under $200

Staying within a tighter budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and features. Hunter ceiling fans under $200 come in a variety of styles including modern, transitional, and traditional. Our mid-priced ceiling fans come with and without lights and have various control options like pull chains and handheld remotes. Just like all of our ceiling fans, you never have to worry about sacrificing quality for price. Every fan is built to last a lifetime.

Ceiling fans for more than $200

Expect state-of-the-art features and elevated style with our Hunter ceiling fans that are in the mid- to high-price range. Incorporate your ceiling fan into your smart home with our SIMPLEconnect™ WiFi ceiling fans or get the rapid cooling of a SureSpeed™ Guarantee ceiling fans when you spend a little more.

You’ll find plenty of options that fit your style, your room and your budget as you search by price on our website.

Step 2: Choosing a ceiling fan for room size

There are a variety of ceiling fan sizes to choose from to best fit your room. Residential ceiling fans range in size from 30 inches to 70 inches. Ceiling fan size is measured based on blade span, from blade tip to blade tip. To choose the right size ceiling fan you need for your room, start by measuring your room. Measure the length and width of the room and multiply them to find the square footage (for example, 13 feet by 13 feet = 169 square feet).

Ceiling fans for small rooms

For small rooms up to 100 square feet, like an office or laundry room, choose a 30-inch to 48-inch fan.

Ceiling Fans for large rooms

For large rooms up to 200 square feet, such as master bedrooms and living rooms, shop for a 50-inch to 54-inch ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fans for great rooms

If the longest wall in the room is longer than 20 feet, like in lofts or open concept living spaces, it’s considered a great room. You’ll need a large ceiling fan that’s a 56-inch or larger.


You also need to measure your ceiling height to find the right mounting option and ceiling fan accessories for the installation. Your ceiling fan needs to hang between 8 feet and 9 feet above the ground. The right ceiling fan mounting profile is important for efficient airflow.

Flush mount ceiling fans

For ceilings that are 8-feet to 9-feet high, you’ll need a flush mount ceiling fan (sometimes called low profile or hugger ceiling fan). Flush mount ceiling fans fit closer to the ceiling to give you ample headspace in rooms with lower ceiling heights. They’re designed and engineered to deliver powerful airflow despite being closer to the ceiling.

Standard mount ceiling fans
Standard mount ceiling fans with downrods are for ceilings 9-feet high or taller. Most Hunter ceiling fans come with a 2-inch and 3-inch downrod for you to choose from. However, if your ceiling height is taller than 9 feet, you’ll need an extension downrod that can be ordered from the Hunter website or purchased where you buy your ceiling fan.

Installing a fan on a sloped ceiling

For angled or sloped ceilings, you’ll need an angled ceiling mount. If your ceiling slope exceeds a 34-degree angle, you’ll need one of these to replace the ceiling fan canopy that is included with your ceiling fan (the canopy is the cap that fits close to the ceiling to cover the electrical box). When you get an angled ceiling mount, you’ll also need an extension downrod. If you need an extension downrod, here’s an easy chart to help you determine how to buy a ceiling fan downrod:


Step 3: Installing an indoor fan or outdoor fan

During the summer a ceiling fan is a must. Indoors it can help keep your home feeling cool and your home running more efficiently. While an outdoor fan provides extra breeze to combat the heavy summer air and keep everyone cool. We offer indoor, covered outdoor, and exposed outdoor ceiling fans for all of these situations. Indoor ceiling fans can only be used indoors, but Hunter outdoor ceiling fans can be used both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor ceiling fans have two UL ratings: Damp rated and wet rated.


Damp rated ceiling fans

Damp rated fans are the fans for covered porches, patios, and sunrooms that are exposed to mild weather elements like humidity. Our engineers put these fans through rigorous tests to ensure finishes don’t fade, the motor and electric components aren’t impacted by moisture, and the blades won’t droop over time.

Wet rated ceiling fans

Wet rated ceiling fans can be used in pergolas and gazebos. These are the fans for harsh weather elements like heavy rain. Along with the same tests damp-rated fans undergo, our engineers use high-powered hoses to simulate a fan being rained on to test these ceiling fans’ weather resistance. As you can see, keeping you cool indoors and out is serious business. In the next feature we’ll talk about choosing the style of ceiling fans. What is going to set your ceiling fan apart from the rest?

To wrap things up, start with the following 3 steps when searching for the best ceiling fan for you:

Step 1: Considering Your Ceiling Fan Budget
Step 2: Choosing a Ceiling Fan for Room Size
Step 3: Installing an Indoor Fan or Outdoor Fan

To learn more about steps 4 and 5, click here.