Ceiling Fan Vs Table Fan Power Consumption

There are a lot of different options available for airflow and temperature control in your home. In case you live in a very hot and humid zone, you will need something advanced and expensive such as an air conditioner to get past summer. But in most cases, an added airflow in the room gets the job done.

For simple applications like that, you can prefer many optimum options available in India. Out of which, a ceiling fan and a table fan are probably the most preferred ones. These options are so common that there is always a dedicated location for the ceiling fan in the ceiling and a port near the desk in every home.

The ceiling fans and table fans differ a lot in terms of performance. Thus, there is naturally a difference in power consumption for both. In this discussion, we will try to analyze both options in detail and give you a thorough comparison between the power requirements for both options.

Table Fans

The table fans are basically compact and portable options that you can place almost anywhere in your home. All you will need is a power plug and enough space in the corner to allow the sweep of the fan and you are good to go. Most table fans have a particular sweep angle within which it rotates continuously to produce even airflow in the room.

Table fans are only ideal if the airflow is required in a smaller portion of the room or if the room size is small. Even with the sweep and highest settings, you will not be getting enough airflow from a table fan to maintain a complete room. Let’s take a look at the required table fan size as well as sweep distance in order to achieve perfect airflow for the room.

Room SizeThe area in square feetRequired fan sweep
6 feet x 6 feet35 sq ft600 mm
8 feet x 8 feet65 sq ft900 mm
10 feet x 10 feet100 sq ft1200 mm
15 feet x 15 feet225 sq ft1400 mm
16 feet x 16 feetAbove 225 sq ftMultiple fans
should be installed

Now, if you have calculated the table fan size and sweep regarding your room size and willing to install one in your room, let’s talk about the power consumption of a general table fan. This should give you an idea of what to expect after you start using the table fan.

Table Fan Power Consumption

Typical table fans were beneficial before when compared with old generation ceiling fans. All of the components used for the table fans were similar and had lower capacity. Thus, the power consumption of table fans was much smaller. But today, the power saving ceiling fans are present in the market that provide fierce competition to the table fans in terms of power consumption.

This is the reason why power consumption of a table fan should be thoroughly checked because there might be a ceiling fan option that might turn out to be beneficial than the table fan with a little higher initial investment.

To understand the power consumption of a table fan you should know the wattage rating of the fan. This is one of the most important parameters that is always represented on the selling page of the fan. Once you get hold of the wattage rating of a particular model, it gets quite easy to calculate its power consumption as well as electricity bill generation throughout the month.

For sake of calculations, let us consider the wattage of the table fan to be 75 watts which is almost an average for hundreds of models available in India. This means that if the fan is kept running for 1 hour, it will consume 75 watt electrical energy.

Power Consumption of table fanValue
Daily power consumption of the fanWattage rating x Active hours
Daily power consumption of 75 watt fan75 x 12 = 900 Wh
Monthly power consumption of 75 watt fan900 wh x 30 (Average active days per month) = 27 kWh
Monthly electricity bill27000 Wh x per unit charges for your area

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are one of the default electrical appliances for most homes. While we all utilize ceiling fans throughout the day and night, most people are not aware of how much power is being consumed by the ceiling fans. Apart from generic fans, there are also antique and heavier fans available in the market that requires much more power to run.

But, the power consumption of a ceiling fan is suitable for its performance. First of all, the ceiling fans are placed in the middle of the room. Due to their large sweep size and larger blades, they manage to cover a lot more space as compared to the table fans. A ceiling fan also works perfectly paired with an air cooler to circulate even cold airflow throughout the room.

Here is a reference table in case you are looking to replace your current fan with a larger option.

Room size in square feetRecommended blade sizeRecommended CFM (airflow)
Below 144 sq ft42 inches or lower1000 to 3000 CFM
144 to 225 sq ft44 to 50 inches1600 to 4500 CFM
225 to 400 sq ft50 inches or more2300 to 6500 CFM
Above 400 sq ft62 inches or more5500 to 13500 CFM

This measurement table should give you a vague idea about which fan is necessary according to your room size. Although, you should keep in mind that larger fans that come with longer blades and increased airflow consumes more power. Thus, you will be adding up to the monthly electrical expense by purchasing a larger option.

Ceiling Fan Power Consumption

Generally, we do not care much about the electrical consumption of the ceiling fan before buying it. But, it surely affects the monthly power requirement of the household that hampers the monthly bill quite a bit. Getting an antique unit over that makes it certainly more expensive to run. Although, there are also power saving options that have more energy rating and consume much less power in comparison.

After getting the perfect idea about the power consumption of the ceiling fan. You can rest assured that you will not be seeing any sudden increase in the electricity bill and manage the monthly expenses accordingly.

Similar to table fans, the power consumption of a ceiling fan is also based on the wattage rating of the particular unit. These parameters control the components and their capacity which is installed on the fan and the power consumption rating changes accordingly. To know the wattage of the ceiling fan you own right now, refer to the instruction manual or the website of the brand for a perfect value.

Let us conclude the average power consumption calculation for a ceiling fan that has 95 watts wattage rating.

Power Consumption of ceiling fanValue
Daily power consumption of the fanWattage rating x Active hours
Daily power consumption of 75 watt fan95 x 12 = 1140 Wh
Monthly power consumption of 75 watt fan900 wh x 30
(Average active days per month) = 34.2 kWh
Monthly electricity bill34200 Wh x per unit charges for your area

We will strongly recommend you to take a look at new generation power saving ceiling fans that are certified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, India. It provides a certain star rating for every household appliance. If you manage to get a 5 star rated product, you will be getting complete advantage of a ceiling fan with a power consumption rating being less than a table fan.

Comparison Between Table Fans And Ceiling Fans

ParametersTable FansCeiling Fans
SizeCompact in sizeLarge sized appliances
WeightComparatively lightweightHeavier in construction
FunctionMultifunctional optionServes a single purpose
InstallationVery easy and straightforwardProfessional help is required
AppearanceLimited variety availableGreat variety available
Power ConsumptionComparatively lowerHigher than table fans
Power saving optionsNot availableAvailable


If you plan to buy a new fan right now, we will suggest you go with a power saving variant of ceiling fans. Instead of investing in multiple table fans for a large sized room, a ceiling fan offers much better performance at a comparatively lower initial investment. Right now, you can find a lot of 5 star energy rated fans that will provide you the same comfort and experience as a standard ceiling fan while the running cost is lower than that of the table fan.