Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans

There are two types of energy saving fans to look at – Energy Star rated fans and energy efficient ceiling fans. Adding either one of these energy efficient ceiling fans to your home is a great way to keep cool and save money at the same time.

A modern ceiling fan over a bed.
Energy-efficient ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and sizes.

What To Look for in an Energy Efficient Fan

Energy Star is a program run by the EPA. Products can earn the Energy Star label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in Energy Star product specifications.

Energy Star ceiling fans save energy because they have more efficient motors and because they have a larger blade pitch that moves air more effectively.

In fact, Energy Star® labeled fans move air 14 to 20% more efficiently than typical ceiling fan models.

Energy efficient fans may not have the Energy Star label, but they still incorporate many energy efficient design elements, including efficient motors and blade pitch designs.

Before you purchase a ceiling fan, there are several factors to consider.

A silver energy efficient fan over a dining area.
A chic ceiling fan over a dining room table.

Fan Direction

For maximum energy savings, choose a fan with motor and blades that can reverse direction.

Run your fan counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter for the most efficient air circulation.

You may save as much as 40% during the summer months and 10% during the winter by using a ceiling fan in this manner, and by adjusting your thermostat accordingly.

A white ceiling fan over a dining area.
A dining area with a modern white ceiling fan overhead.

Room Size

Get the right size fan to match your room for maximum effectiveness.

However, remember to take into consideration the room size and the way the room will look when the fan is not in use.

A small bedroom, for example, might not require a larger fan. Here are some rough suggestions for fan sizes based on the size of your room:

225 sq. feet or larger – 50″ – 56″ dia.
144 – 224 sq. feet – 42″ – 44″ dia.
64 sq. feet or less – 32″ dia.

A lighted distressed wood ceiling fan.
A lighted ceiling fan with a clean, streamlined design.

Blade Pitch

Blade pitch is also an important factor to keep in mind. A 14 degree blade pitch and up is generally considered ideal for moving air efficiently.

Generally speaking, the larger the room the steeper the blade pitch you’ll need to efficiently move air in the space.

A modern living room with a fan overhead.
A modern living area benefits from a large fan with a sleek design.

Fan Hang Height

Hang a fan no lower than 7 feet above the floor. 8 to 9 feet above the floor is considered ideal.

A ceiling fan hangs above an outdoor seating area.
An outdoor porch or patio area is greatly enhanced by a ceiling fan.

Damp Location Rating

If you fan is going to be used in a damp location or in an outdoor setting, please be sure to choose a fan that is UL rated for a wet locations, bathrooms, porches or outdoor patios.

We carry a wide assortment of outdoor rated ceiling fans to choose from, so you are sure to find a look that’s right for your home or application.


Call 800-782-1967 to speak with one of our friendly, professional Lighting & Home Decor Consultants or visit a Lamps Plus location near you. Whether via phone or in person, we’re happy to assist you in completing your project.

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For more inspiration, view the ceiling fan video below that’s taken from the Lamps Plus YouTube channel.