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What Is a Good CFM for a Fan?

When searching for your next fan in your home or commercial space, it is important to purchase a fan that will comfortably keep everyone cool. Investing in the best fan for your needs can help you economically cool the space for years to come. Among the many factors that determine the effectiveness of a fan (type of motor, size, etc), fan CFM is one of the most crucial. Continue reading to learn more about the CFM fan requirements that you need to keep everyone comfortable.

What Is CFM?

Cubic Feet per Minute - or CFM - determines the amount of air that a fan can move through a room while operating at the highest speed. The larger the space, the higher the fan CFM must be in order to efficiently cool a room. CFM for fans is a critical measurement for determining if a room can be cooled. If the CFM is too low, the room will be unable to be cooled and undermine any energy efficiency of the fan. Even running 24/7, the low CFM would cause the space to feel too warm. 

Factors That Affect Fan CFM

When it comes to the CFM for a fan, three factors have a significant impact:

  1. RPM: The Rotations Per Minute how often the fan will make a 360 degree rotation every 60 seconds.

  2. Blade Size: The size of the blade will determine how much air can be moved. The larger the blade, the greater the airflow.

  3. Pitch: The blade’s pitch plays a significant role in the amount of air flow. If the tilt is greater, the amount of air moved through the room will increase. 

The combination of these three factors will determine the fan’s CFM. If the RPM, blade size, and pitch are all large, the fan will move more air each minute and result in a higher CFM. 

How Much Fan CFM Do I Need?

When it comes to the CFM for fans in your commercial or residential space, the size of the room is the largest consideration. We have a CFM calculator that can help you determine the exact CFM required to cool your space. However, a general guideline can be found below if you do not have the room’s exact dimensions at this time: 

  • Under 200 square feet: 2,000 to 3,000 CFM

  • 200 to 300 square feet: 3,000 to 4,000 CFM (typically a standard bedroom or kitchen)

  • 300 to 450 square feet: 4,000 to 6,000 CFM (usually a master bedroom or living room)

  • Over 450 square feet: 5,000 to 9,000 CFM

Commercial spaces that have rooms far larger than 450 square feet should consider installing multiple fans in order to achieve the fan CFM required to keep guests cool. 

Industrial Fans Direct boasts one of the highest quality inventories in the industry. Whether you have a specific fan style in mind or need to order in large quantities, our team is well positioned to help you find a fan CFM to serve your exact needs. We encourage you to request a quote today after pursuing our inventory or contact our sales team with any questions you may have. 

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