Fan Buyer's Guide - Ceiling Fan Mounting & Installation Options
Inspiration, What to Consider & Fan FAQs: A Few Quick Tips On Ceiling Fan Installation & Mounting Options
Ceiling Fan Installation Options
What type of ceiling fan mounting is best for your space? There are several options available, each designed to optimize air circulation and fit proportionally into a space, whether it is small or large. To find how to install a ceiling fan in your home, you'll need to pay careful attention to the mounting options available including close-to-ceiling, flush with the ceiling, extended from the ceiling and on a sloped ceiling.
Regulations do require fans to be installed at least 7 feet up from the floor. Aside from that, you can choose the fan mounting that best suits your room and of course, your style.
Hugger / Flush Mount Ceiling Fans
This type of flush mount ceiling fan is ideal for low ceilings (8 feet or shorter). There is no space between the ceiling fan's motor housing and the ceiling, making it an ideal choice for smaller urban spaces, including apartments and condos. Although low profile, hugger fans are still packed with exceptional style.
A downrod of 3 to 5 inches is installed between the ceiling canopy and fan. The added space between the low profile ceiling fan and ceiling allows for more air circulation and fan efficiency, while still remaining close to the ceiling and out of the way. This mounting option is good for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices or any room where the ceiling to floor height is roughly 9 feet. Before choosing a low profile fan, be sure to measure the space between your ceiling and floor.
Ceiling Fans with Downrods
In rooms with high ceilings, it is a good idea to add longer downrods to your ceiling fan to successfully extend it from the base of the ceiling. This is an ideal configuration for great rooms, lofts and expansive entryways with noticeably tall ceilings. Most large ceiling fans include a downrod as a mounting option given they will likely be placed in a room with high ceilings, however you will want to double check before you purchase your new fan for your home.
Ceiling Fans On Sloped & Sloped Ceilings
If your ceiling is vaulted or has an incline, a sloped ceiling adapter is a must and will allow your fan to hang straight. Not all fans are sloped ceiling adaptable, though. Certain ceiling fans come with downrods that can rotate to a certain degree and you'll want to check the product details to verify the fan is compatible with an angled ceiling. Be sure to see the article about sloped ceiling fans for further clarification on where this style of ceiling fan works best.
How To Install A Ceiling Fan
With a mounting option in mind, the next step is to actually install the fan. We highly recommend consulting with your electrician to make sure the fan is properly installed. However, if you are planning to install the ceiling fan yourself, any fan you choose at Lumens will come with step-by-step guided instructions.
Before you install any fan or light, remember to turn off any live power from your junction box to help safely install the fixture. With electricity turned off, you can begin following the steps to properly wire the fan, assemble its downrod (if it is for a tall ceiling), install the light kit (if one is included) and attach the fan's blades. Whether you are installing a ceiling fan in a new space or simply replacing an old fan, the process will be relatively similar.
If you have any questions about the ceiling fan mounting and installation options discussed here, please call our fan experts at 877.445.4486.
Choosing a Ceiling Fan & FAQ
- Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan Size
- Choosing Ceiling Fans by Room
- Using Ceiling Fans in Summer & Winter
- Ceiling Fan Installation Options
- Energy Star Qualified Ceiling Fans
- Using a Ceiling Fan On a Sloped Ceiling
- The Difference Between 4 & 5 Blade Fans
- What is Blade Pitch & Why is it Important
- Why Buy a Remote for Your Ceiling Fan
- When to Buy a Ceiling Fan Light Kit
- CFM & Airflow Efficiency
- Choosing An Outdoor Fan