We need to install a new ceiling light in the kitchen. We do not have any kind of exhaust fan in the kitchen, and it would be nice to be able to move the air around on the occasion that something gets burned/overcooked. Additionally, the room is very cold during the winter and too warm in the summer. I'd like to install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. I haven't seen something like this done in any kitchen catalogues or renovation idea boards. When I was speaking with the person in the lighting department of my local home improvement store, I mentioned that I wanted to install a ceiling fan with light in the kitchen. He gave me a weird look, chuckled and said, "Okay, if you want to do that, the fans are over there." So. A couple of things to to note:

  1. We have a gas range, but no range hood.
  2. We do have CO detectors in every room in the basement and on the first floor (where the kitchen is).

Is there any reason not to install a ceiling fan in the kitchen? If so, what is that reason?

  • We have a 14' ceiling in the kitchen with a ceiling fan on long downrod at about 10'.... It's great!
    – Tyson
    Jan 20, 2018 at 23:39
  • The only problem I could see if you had gas stove top but since there is no vent now you probably have electric and I see no problem with that.
    – Ed Beal
    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:45
  • If all you have is an 8' ceiling, then a ceiling fan and light will be an obstruction in the middle of the room. If you wet mop the kitchen floor, then you have to be careful not to poke the end of the mop pole into the fan or light fixture. The money spent on a fan might be better spent on a vent hood over the range. Jan 21, 2018 at 2:17
  • what exactly do you think the fan will do when you burn something?
    – jsotola
    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:07
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    My house is a hundred year old craftsman, with oddly shaped rooms. We have a 12 ft ceiling, and installing an exhaust fan would be at least triple the cost of a ceiling fan. @jsotola, I don't expect it to "do" anything more than move the air around, as opposed to putting a fan in the window, as we do now. Burning things doesn't happen very often (it's usually a situation where something didn't get cleaned off of the bottom of the oven, and it starts smoking when we preheat it.)
    – shark
    Jan 21, 2018 at 17:57

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Is there any reason not to install a ceiling fan in the kitchen? If so, what is that reason?

There's no reason not to. However, here's my anecdotal reason why you shouldn't. I installed a ceiling fan in the kitchen of my house when I moved in. In ten years, I hardly ever used it. It blows things off the counters and throws dust around (and into) your food.

I'm prepping the house for sale and have removed the ceiling fan so that I can install it in the bedroom of my new house where it will be much more useful.

  • This absolutely makes sense. I'm not sure why this didn't occur to me. Thanks!
    – shark
    Jan 26, 2018 at 16:06

It can be done, but the fan blades will need cleaned more often from any smoke/oil/residue from cooking in the kitchen as compared to elsewhere in the house. That may result in increased wear and tear, so you may end up replacing the unit sooner than if it were somewhere else in the house.


I have one but have to turn it off while actually cooking because it blows heat away from open pans and is enough to change the way food cooks. I think a vertical exhaust fan through a window or over the stove would work better for removing heat and smoke/odors from cooking on the stove top.

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