Home / Style Guide / Learn About Ceiling Fans / Ceiling Fan Facts-Fiction Ceiling Fan Facts & Fiction Getting the best out of your ceiling fan starts with taking every piece of advice you’ve heard – and getting the facts. Here are a few of our favorite ceiling fan myths, busted: Fiction: “Bigger is better.” Fact: Small can be powerful Although big fans will work in small rooms, they also use more energy than is needed for the job at-hand. Instead, choose a fan based on the size of the room: 90 sq ft or less: 15” to 42” blade sweep90 to 100 sq ft: 44” to 46” blade sweep100 to 150 sq ft: 52” to 54” blade sweepOver 150 sq ft: 56” and larger blade sweep Fiction: “Ceiling fans cool the air.” Fact: Fans cool people. Although fans move air, they don’t actually change the temperature of the air. Just like a breeze outside on a hot day – ceiling fans move air in a way that helps people feel cooler. So, have a seat, relax, and enjoy the cooling effect. Fiction: “Ceiling fans aren’t very stylish.” Fact: Today’s fan styles make a statement. There was a time when every home decorating show was ripping out ceiling fans. And for good reason: they all looked dowdy. Not any more. Today’s ceiling fans come in modern and traditional styles – and every look in between, creating a decorating focal point. Fiction: “Ceiling fans are loud and wobbly.” Fact: Fans should be whisper quiet. A fan that wobbles or is noisy might be in need of a good cleaning or a simple repair. Fiction: “Ceiling fans aren’t safe in a kid’s room or above bunk beds.” Fact: Common sense goes a long way... As long as fans are placed a safe distance above beds – and kids don’t use their mattress as a trampoline – a ceiling fan is perfectly safe. Even if a stuffed animal occasionally gets tossed around.