How High Should I Hang My Ceiling Fan?
Many houses are adorned with at least one ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are immensely practical. They are used not only for cooling purposes, but to serve as decorative pieces as well. In fact, many ceiling fan/lighting fixture combinations can function as a focal point in a room.
To a person investing in a beautiful, comfortable space, a ceiling fan makes a very sensible purchase. There are, however, several things to consider in choosing what kind of ceiling fan to go for. Blade size, mount type, finish, light, remote control option, damp rating, etc. should all be taken into account. For instance, in terms of blade size, the bigger the room, the longer the fan blades should be. When it comes to mount type, it depends on the kind of ceiling you have, whether it’s high, low, angled, etc. As for the finish, it’s a fair assumption that anyone adding a ceiling fan to a room would want it to complement the overall décor of the room. This, however, is merely the tip of the iceberg. It might seem overly meticulous, but with your money, efforts, and even safety at stake, it is best to get it right in the first attempt, right?
First and foremost, your fan should be securely installed, preferably by a professional. Size is also important. Be sure that the blades will not come in contact with walls, sloped ceilings or decor. A fan can also pose a safety risk so be sure that the fan is mounted high enough to not come in contact with people below. American building code dictates that ceiling fans should be mounted with the blades no lower than seven feet from the floor. That may be the law, but common sense should come into play as well. Many people are over six feet tall and if they accidentally raised their arm while below a fan hanging at 7 feet above the floor, that would be extremely unfortunate. At the same time, you don’t want the fan so high that its effect on air circulation is limited. For optimal air flow, the ceiling fan ideally should be installed in the middle of the room at a safe 8 to 9 feet from the floor, with its blades at least 18 inches from the walls.
When it comes to the issue of ceiling fan height, the mount with its downrod is a very integral element. The downrod is the support that extends from the bracket that attaches to the ceiling to the top of the actual fan. Standard mounts usually have a 3-5 inch downrod. For ceilings that are higher than normal, longer downrods will be necessary. If you’re dealing with an exceptionally high ceiling, consult the sales associate as to the correct downrod length. On the other hand, low ceilings (under 8 feet in height) call for hugger/snugger/low profile fans with flush mounts. Take note though that hugger fans usually do not circulate air as much as regular fans do since their blades are closer to the ceiling. For angled or vaulted ceilings, fans with sloped mounts are required as well.
Overall, ceiling fans are great investment and can make any room
look and feel great!