Adapters downrods, and huggers, oh my! Who knew there were so many different terms you needed to know just to choose the right ceiling fan?
One of the first things you need to consider when choosing a ceiling fan is the mounting style. Sometimes, depending on the size or shape of your room, you have to determine how you’re going to mount a fan before you can even start shopping. Let’s take a look at some of the terms you’ll need to know.
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Hugger Mounting: This type of fan is mounted close to the ceiling. Generally there’s no space at all between the ceiling and the housing. Ideal for lower ceilings however these fans typically don’t provide much circulation because of the limited space between the blades and the ceiling.
Most people use this type of fan because they have low ceilings. For safety purposes, the blades should be at least 7 feet from the floor. And remember – if you add a light fixture it’s going to add an extra 8 to 12 inches.
Downrod: A downrod is simply an extension rod used to lengthen the distance between the fan and the ceiling, bringing the fan blades closer to the floor. Available in a variety of materials and lengths and you can cut them to size if need be.
Ball and Socket: This is a mounting connector that’s sometimes used with a downrod. The fan is connected to a ball at the end of the downrod and the ball simply allows the fan a little more movement.
Low Ceiling Adapter: Similar to a downrod, an adapter kit attaches directly to the ceiling and drops the fan a little further away from the floor.
Hooks: They’re not widely used, but this is a mounting technique that allows you to hang your fan from a hook that’s mounted directly to the ceiling.
Dual Mounting: A fan that features dual mounting means you can either mount it close to the ceiling or use a downrod. It’s important to note that “close to the ceiling” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a close as a “hugger” style mounting so be sure to check the measurements. The benefit of this feature is that it allows you to choose the way you mount your fan. If you don’t like it one way it’s easy enough to either add the downrod or remove it.
If your ceilings are high enough, the ideal height for your ceiling fan is 8 to 10 feet from the floor. But you also need to consider your décor. If you don’t want a fan hanging that low you can always shorten the downrod or just leave it off. Either way, if you’re going to raise the fan, consider getting one with a wider blade span or a more powerful motor to maximize air circulation at the higher level.
Always make sure you’re mounting your fan with an electrical box that’s certified for ceiling fan usage. If it’s only been rated for light fixtures it probably wasn’t designed to support the additional weight. And you really don’t want to know what might happen next…!