Quick answer: Install your fan so that the blades are 8′-9′ from the floor.
Long answer: Most ceiling fans come with a short downrod (about 3-4 inches in length). Most ceilings are 8 feet high. When you hang a “normal” ceiling fan with a 3 or 4 inch downrod from a ceiling that is 8 feet high, the fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.
If your ceiling falls somewhere in between the listed heights, try to find a pole that is in between the recommended lengths. Example: on a 10.5 foot high ceiling, see if your fan supplier can get you an 18-inch downrod
Lower than 7′ 6″
Don’t get a ceiling fan. U.S. building codes require the fan blades of any ceiling fan to be at least 7 feet above the floor. If your ceiling is LOWER THAN 7′ 6″, you will not be able to find a ceiling fan that will meet the 7′ clearance requirement.
Between 7’6″ and 8 feet
Get a Hugger, Snugger, or Low Profile fan. Most ceiling fans take up 10″-12″ of space. Low Profile fans mount directly to the ceiling without using a downrod. This reduces space, but usually sacrifices some airflow.
8 foot ceiling
Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.
9 foot ceiling
Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be about 8 feet from the floor.
10 foot ceiling
Use a 12-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 24-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 36-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 48-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 60-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 72-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
16 feet or higher
Most manufacturers do NOT make downrods longer than 72 inches. Some manufacturers make a coupler to join 2 downrods together. If a coupler is NOT available for your fan, you will have to fabricate a longer downrod to accommodate your high ceiling.
It is possible to use a 72-inch pole on a 16-foot high ceiling, but your fan will be 10 1/2 feet from the floor. A cheap fan may not be strong enough to cool you and your entire room if it is that far from the floor.
A research report made news earlier this week, when it found that over 10% of people that recently purchase a vehicle did NOT take a test drive.
The Maritz Research study surveyed 80,219 buyers of 2012 model-year vehicles and discovered that 11.4 percent — more than one in 10 — didn’t take a test drive.
For most people, the only thing that you will spend more money on than your car is a home. It seems odd to us that over 10% of recent car buyers are willing to make such a large purchase and rely solely on their Internet research and chose NOT to take a brief test drive.
Are you the type of person that would buy a car without test-driving it? Are you the type of person that would buy a ceiling fan without feeling how well it performs? Most of our customers purchase a ceiling fan to keep their home cool. How will you know if a ceiling is strong if you don’t feel it before you buy it?
Come into The Fan Shop and speak with one of our experienced sales staff. Feel the difference between a high-quality 5-star fan and a cheap 1-star fan. We promise that the results will blow you away!
The primary function of ceiling fans is to move air so you feel more comfortable. All fans move air, how much air is circulated, how efficiently, how quietly, how much will your fan wobble, and how long the fan lasts are questions wise consumers should ask before selecting a ceiling fan. Higher quality is measured in more than just dollars and cents. At first glance, all fans may appear to look alike, but they are not! Here are some things to look for and compare before purchasing a ceiling fan:
When Cheap Ceiling Fans are Noisy Ceiling Fans
Inexpensive fans generally lack proper noise-reducing components such as isolation rings and rubber cushions between metal parts. These special noise silencers help stop the transference of noise through the fan to the ceiling, where noise can be magnified. Inexpensive fans usually do not have these components because they add extra costs to manufacturing. Noise is generated because the fan in general is poorly engineered and manufactured using the lease expensive methods.
Why Ceiling Fans Break Down Prematurely
For a fan to operate efficiently and effectively, the motor size must be engineered to match the blade pitch and blade length. Inexpensive fans may have inadequately sized motors, which can cause over-heating and motor burnout. In many instances, lower quality fans may not have enough blade pitch to effectively move air. The higher the blade pitch (angle of the blades), the more movement of air…but remember, the greater the pitch, the greater need for a larger motor.