The Pros And Cons Of Installing A Ceiling Fan In The Kitchen

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

what to do with old ceiling fan

Kitchens can be hot and stuffy places, especially in the summer. Add some cooking and baking into the mix, and you could very soon be sweltering. One could consider installing a ceiling fan in the kitchen to help keep the area cool. But when contemplating change, it’s always wise to weigh the pros and cons. What are the benefits and disadvantages of ceiling fans in the kitchen? 

There are several pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to put a ceiling fan in the kitchen. They help conserve energy, are cheap to run, and help keep the cook cool. Disadvantages would be that the blades would be harder to clean, they could be obstructive, and they could be noisy and ugly.

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or fixing up a sad and tired ceiling, perhaps a new ceiling fan might be in order. I can see your mind calculating how much this will set you back, but it may benefit your pocket in the long term. On the other hand, do you want to install something that could be noisy and mess up your kitchen décor?

Although trends are changing, interior decorators have not always approved ceiling fans in the kitchen. Still, after considering the pros and cons, ultimately, it will boil down to your personal preference and how much time you spend in your kitchen.

The Pros Of Installing A Ceiling Fan In The Kitchen

If you’re cooking dinner in your swimsuit in the summertime, you may be a candidate for Team “ceiling fan in the kitchen.”

Ceiling Fans Keep The Kitchen Temperature Comfortable

Ceiling fans keep people comfortable, and they do an excellent job of maintaining the temperatures all year round because they can rotate both ways. In the summer, the blades spin counterclockwise, moving the air downwards in a cooling breeze. In winter, the fan turns clockwise and pulls air towards the ceiling, and takes the warm air down into the room.

Kitchen Ceiling Fans Are Economical

Using a ceiling fan along with the A/C helps to save energy. It makes it possible to crank the thermostat up by 4°F, which ultimately saves a lot of money on energy costs. The kitchen will still maintain its cool temperature. Ceiling fans are generally affordable, and even with installation costs, they will pay for themselves soon after purchase.

Kitchen Fans Keep Flies And Other Pests Away

One of the best benefits of a ceiling fan in the kitchen is that it keeps flies and other flying pests away. Heat and meat/food attract flies as if they’re colonizing the kitchen. But a ceiling fan decreases flies by about 75%. Flies love stagnant air because their wings don’t have to work as hard to fly around. They will disappear when they have to fight circulating air.

Ceiling Fans In The Kitchen Help Eliminate Odors

ceiling fan

The fan pushes the air from the ceiling downwards and then out of the room, taking any odors with it. Whether you’ve burned your food or it has perhaps dropped some onto the bottom of the oven, at least your guests won’t be choking on smoke and weird smells.

Ceiling Fans In The Kitchen Can Run On Battery Backup

You can stay cool in your kitchen whenever you are without power because your ceiling fan can run off battery backup.

Ceiling Fans Are Space Savers

Let’s face it, kitchens are warm and stuffy places, so we will always want a cooling system there in the summer. Standing fans take up too much space, but fixing them to the ceiling keeps floor and counter space clear.

The Cons Of Installing Ceiling Fans In The Kitchen

A few cons are attached to installing a ceiling fan in your kitchen. However, none of them are significant problems that cannot be overcome.

A Ceiling Fan In The Kitchen Is Difficult To Clean


Ceiling fans in other rooms only collect dust on the blades and fittings. Those fitted in kitchens develop a stickiness from grease and steam, and the dust collects on top of this sticky grime, making it hard to clean. With the fan attached to the ceiling, it’s nearly impossible to use pressure to scrub off the muck because it could be easy to detach the fan or upset the balance of the blades.

A Ceiling Fan In The Kitchen Could Feel Obstructive

The square footage of the kitchen floor is rarely equal to the square footage of the ceiling because kitchen cabinets, pot racks, and other fixtures can diminish this space. A ceiling fan can make a kitchen feel tight-fitting and obstructive, even if the blades don’t touch anything, which they wouldn’t. Low ceilings would also have the same effect.

The Cool Breeze Can Upset The Cooking Process

Sometimes it is wise to turn the ceiling fan off while cooking because it can channel heat away from open pans and upset the temperature balance necessary to cook the food in a certain way. The breeze can also blow light items around the kitchen.

Aesthetics Of A Kitchen Ceiling Fan

A large group of designers and the public feel that ceiling fans are ugly and do nothing to enhance the kitchen’s décor. Some disagree, of course, because there are unlimited variations available on the market. 

Lighting In The Kitchen

The lights attached to ceiling fans are often dull, but one can improve this by using a different bulb. The other lighting issue that some people complain about is that the fan’s blades can run past other downlights in the ceiling and create a flickering effect.

Noisy Kitchen Ceiling Fans

Although modern fans are relatively quiet, some of the older types can be irritatingly noisy. This is less of a problem in a kitchen than in a bedroom. Fans can get louder as they get older when screws start coming loose, and the blades become unbalanced.


A kitchen is usually the warmest and stuffiest room in the house, so a ceiling fan running along with the A/C helps cool it efficiently and economically. The most relevant downside to installing a kitchen ceiling fan is the difficulty in cleaning because of the sticky grime that collects on the blades. The disadvantages of installing one in the kitchen are primarily minor and fixable. Stay cool.

Photo of author

Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.