Can You Put a 52” Fan in a Small Room?

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Installing a ceiling fan can help keep you cool and keep air circulating. With the variety of sizes available, though, you need to choose the right size ceiling fan. This is especially important for smaller rooms where you don’t have a ton of distance from wall to wall.

Can you put a 52” fan in a small room? A 52” fan is the ideal option for master bedrooms and family rooms. There are four different sizes of fans, and each size serves a different purpose.

  • Fans under 42 inches work well in rooms that are less than 144 square feet.
  • A fan between 44 inches and 50 inches will fit in a room that measures 144 to 225 square feet.
  • Fans over 50 inches are ideal for rooms that measure 225 to 400 square feet.
  • A fan that measures more than 62 inches is best for a room that is over 400 square feet.

There are many different lists and tables detailing the right size fan for a particular room. However, every room is different, just like every home is unique. From efficiency to humidity, there are a lot of essential factors that you won’t find on many size charts.

What Is a 52-inch Fan?

A 52-inch fan is the smallest of the large ceiling fans—52 to 60.”  Just like with all ceiling fans, 52 inches refers to the diameter of the fan, including the blades. That means that the fan takes up a circle of space with a diameter of 52 inches or just over four feet. 

Technically, you can use that size of fan in any room with a bit of extra space on each side. However, there are some rooms where you may not want to use this size. Luckily, there are plenty of rooms where you can fit a 52” fan. These fans can fit in a variety of rooms.

  • Master bedrooms and other large bedrooms have enough space, and the 52” fan is large enough to circulate the air.
  • A family room is another good home for a fan of this size. Family rooms typically have enough open space to require a fan that measures 52 inches.
  • If you have a small garage, it could be the perfect home for a 52” ceiling fan. That way, you can stay cool as you work in the garage.
  • A gazebo is another great place to put a 52” fan.
  • You can also put this size of fan in any room that’s between 225 and 400 square feet. Go much larger, and the air won’t circulate.

If you have a room that falls within those measurements or specifications, the 52” fan is perfect for you. However, it’s not quite that simple. A lot of factors can determine whether a fan will fit well in a room or not.

More than Size

A 52” fan is just over four feet across, so it would make sense to think you could use it in almost any room. However, there’s more to choosing the right fan size than pure measurements. Another consideration is cubic feet per minute or CFM.

The CFM of a given fan is used to determine the efficiency of the fan.  It does this by determining how much and how well a fan circulates air.  Comparing the different fan sizes can give you a good idea of whether or not a fan might work well in a room.  For example, a larger fan with a lower CFM might work well in a smaller room. Consider these average CFM ranges for various fan sizes.

  • Small fans typically have a CFM of 1,000 to 3,000.
  • The CFM of medium-sized fans averages out at 1,600 to 4,500.
  • Large fans have an average CFM of 2,300 to 6,500.

This all means that the height of your room can also play a role in whether or not a 52” fan will work well. For example, consider a room that is 100 square feet. A 52” fan may seem huge in that room, but if that room has a high ceiling, the larger fan can help circulate the air more efficiently.

Wind Speed

The effect of wind speed is a reason to consider getting a ceiling fan that is larger than the recommended size.  A large fan on low speed has the same effect as a smaller on medium speed.  A 52-inch fan running at low speed creates a much calmer effect than a smaller fan spinning at full speed.

Humidity Control

If you tend to have a problem with too much humidity in your home, the right size ceiling fan can help. While the ceiling fan does just rotate the air, it can also make the air feel cooler. Ceiling fans help evaporate the moisture on your skin, which is another way they keep you cool.

Many ceiling fans let you change the direction of the blades. That way, when the room gets to be really humid, you can make the blades rotate counterclockwise to produce a wind chill effect. People living in places with high humidity should keep this in mind when buying a ceiling fan.

Here’s a useful resource for more information about how ceiling fans can help with humidity.

Medium Fans

While you can use a 52” fan in some small rooms, you may find your room is too small to fit that size without making the room overly cold.

If you determine that you can’t fit a 52” fan in your small room of choice, you can look at medium-sized fans. These fans measure somewhere between 44 and 50 inches in diameter. Aside from that slight difference in size, they work just the same.

  • Medium-sized fans work well in a typical bedroom, such as a child’s room or a guest room.
  • If your home has a den, you can also put one of these fans there. A ceiling fan can add a bit of circulation to your cozy space.
  • They work in other rooms between 144 and 225 square feet.

There are plenty of other rooms that can fit these fans. Still, maybe your small room is smaller than this. If that’s the case, you may need to choose an even smaller fan to fit your needs.

Small Fans

If your small room has less than 144 square feet, worry not.  You can find even smaller ceiling fans–42” or lessHere, for example, is a 22-inch fan flush mount fan that is self-enclosed.

  • Small fans work well in the smallest of bedrooms, be it a guest room or your regular bedroom.
  • If you want to add a fan to your small breakfast nook, consider a smaller fan.
  • You can use a smaller fan in any room that’s less than 144 square feet.

These small fans aren’t as powerful as bigger fans. So while you may be able to use a slightly bigger fan in a smaller room, the reverse isn’t true. If your fan is too low, it won’t circulate the air very well.

Luckily, you probably won’t have to worry about that with a small room. Still, it can be helpful to know about the different ceiling fan sizes. This article does a great job listing and explaining the different fans out there.

A Real Plus in the Winter

As mentioned earlier, most fans can reverse the direction, pushing the air up instead of down. This is really great in the winter and will save you a lot of money on heating.

Because the air is pushed up, the hot air from the heating is pushed down along the walls towards the floor. This avoids these unwanted heat layers of standard heating, where the ceiling is very warm and the floor is cold.

It evenly distributes the warm air around the room. This means less heating and much warmer feet.

Final Thoughts

If you have or want to buy a 52” fan, you need to know if it will fit where you want to put it. However, there’s more to choosing the right size fan than comparing measurements. As long as you have the space for the blades, you can put a 52” fan in your small room.

John di Stefano

Hi, I am John di Stefano. I wanted to find out what it means to live in a small house and over the last few years, I researched this subject extensively. This website is the ultimate resource for learning everything about living in small spaces, how to get organized and what to look out for.

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