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A guide to low profile ceiling fans

Low profile ceiling fans, also known as flush mounted and hugger fans, do not hang or dangle from a downrod, but are rather flush mounted against the ceiling. Hugger ceiling fans can be used during any season of the year as they can circulate both air and heat in a room. This article provides you with more information on low profile ceiling fans.

Overview and when to consider getting a low profile ceiling fan

Overview Low profile ceiling fans are designed to offer minimal distance between the fan blades and the ceiling. These types of fans are perfect for rooms or places with low ceilings as they provide the maximum clearance between the floor and the blades (and other parts of a fan that is located in its lower section such as lights). The lowdown to this fan design is that the shorter distance between the ceiling and the blades can hamper circulation to a certain degree. Moreover, low profile ceiling fans are generally less efficient than regular ceiling fans irrespective of ceiling height. When to use a low profile ceiling fan So when is a low profile ceiling fan necessary? For reasons of safety, it is recommended that fan blades should be not less than seven feet from the floor. Majority of downrod fan designs have blades that measure roughly 12 inches from the ceiling. For this reason, downrod fans are generally installed on ceilings that measure eight feet or higher. On ceilings that measure lower than eight feet, a low profile ceiling fan is recommended as the blades of this fan type typically measure five to six inches from the ceiling. Fan location Another factor to take into account when deciding whether or not to use a hugger fan is the fan's location. A fan placed over a table or bed would typically need less floor-blades clearance compared to one that is placed in a location where people would be walking under it. Take also into consideration if a light will be installed on a fan. Fan lights can easily add 6 to 10 inches or more to the total height of a fan.

Downrod fans that doubles as a hugger fan

Lastly, a lot of downrod fans already come with a "low profile" kit and/or a "dual mount" option . These features allow a fan to be mounted with the canopy directly tied to the motor, and no downrod. In most situations, this would allow nearly as much clearance as a low ceiling fan, with the blades measuring 6 to 10 inches from the ceiling.

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