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How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Updated February 1, 2022

Brian G.

By Brian G.

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home comfortable year-round. Learn how to install a fan or replace your existing light fixture with a ceiling fan.

Note

Some tools may require batteries. Check the manufacturer’s specifications to see if they’re included when you purchase a ceiling fan. 

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Product costs, availability and item numbers may vary online or by market. 

Note

Some tools may require batteries. Check the manufacturer’s specifications to see if they’re included when you purchase a ceiling fan. 

Shop Batteries

Product costs, availability and item numbers may vary online or by market. 

Best Ceiling Fan Size for a Room

A diagram showing ceiling fan clearing specifications.

The ceiling fan you install should be the right size for the room. Here’s a quick guide to ceiling fan size: 

  • Rooms that measure around 75 square feet need a fan with a 29- to 36-inch blade diameter.
  • Rooms that measure between 76 and 144 square feet need a fan with a 36- to 42-inch blade diameter. 
  • Rooms that measure between 144 and 225 square feet need a fan with a 44-inch blade diameter. 
  • Rooms that measure between 225 and 400 square feet need a fan with a 50- to 54-inch blade diameter. 

When installed, the fan blade tips should be at least 30 inches from the walls and other obstructions. The bottom edges of the blades should be at least 7 feet above the floor. Once you select a fan, check the included documentation for any additional requirements for blade clearance or ceiling height.

Caution

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and safety. Observe applicable building and electrical codes and check to see if you need a permit. Contact a licensed electrician if you have any doubts or questions about the connections or if your home’s wiring doesn’t appear compatible with the changes you’re making. 

Good to Know

Ceiling fans can reduce your reliance on an air conditioner and furnace. Keep an eye out for options with the ENERGY STAR® logo to enjoy even more energy savings. 

Good to Know

Certain parts might be included with your ceiling fan, or you might need to purchase additional parts. Check the packaging for any ceiling fan you’re considering to see if everything you need for installation is included. 

How to Remove a Ceiling Fan and Prepare for a New One

Follow these steps to prep for the installation of a new ceiling fan.

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How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket or Ceiling Plate

Follow these steps to install ceiling fan mounting hardware.

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How to Install Ceiling Fan Wiring

Here’s how to connect and install ceiling fan wiring. 

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How to Attach the Ceiling Fan Blades

Here’s some guidance for attaching fan blades to a newly installed ceiling fan.

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How to Install a Ceiling Fan Light

Here’s how to install a ceiling fan light. 

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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

Here’s how to keep your ceiling fan from wobbling.

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