Hugger Ceiling Fans

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you've got a ceiling that is nine feet or shorter and you're looking to install a ceiling fan, you'll want to go with a hugger fan. It's highly recommended that fans hang about seven to eight feet from the floor. Tall ceilings require the use of a downrod. Shorter ceilings require hugger or flush mounting systems. This is when the fan is attached directly to the ceiling.

This is not only the most effective way to hang a fan on a low ceiling, but also the safest. You don't want to run the risk of the fan hitting any people or objects. Pretty much any fan you buy will come ready for the three main mounting styles. These are flush, downrod and angled. When you're hanging flush, you can simply discard any parts for the other hanging styles.

Size of Your Fan

No matter how you mount your fan, you'll need to make sure you have the right size for your room. You don't want a tiny fan in a large room barely doing anything. Here's a quick scale to go by. If your room is 8x10 feet, your blade length should be 32 inches. A 10x12 foot room requires a 42-inch fan. A 44-inch fan will work in a 12x12 foot room, and a 52-inch fan will work for larger room.

If the room is very large, you'll probably need to place several fans in order to get the proper air movement. You can always put a larger fan in a small room, but working the other way around is not a good idea. Most 52-inch fans will push air out and away, so be careful with these in smaller rooms.

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