How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for a High Ceiling

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How high a ceiling gets, will vary from one house design to another. That is the reason why when thinking about getting a ceiling fan, the first order of business should be to understand the height aspect of your ceiling in order to buy the right ceiling fan for a high ceiling.

This will then help determine the size of fan you need to get and how low it will sit to be efficient and still be visually appealing.

What You Need to Know in Selecting the Right Fan Ceiling Fan for a High Ceiling

  1. Ceiling height and square footage

Since height variances of one property to another are inevitably different, you will need to measure the height of your ceiling to your floor.  Capturing the square footage of the room will also help you in determining the size of the fan in terms of blade diameter, motor power and what length of down rods you will need to achieve a firmly anchored fan unit.

The whole reason why that exercise is necessary is also because numerous buildings in varied locations in the country may have differing building codes dictating how low a ceiling fan can hang. Generally speaking, most building codes will require that the blades of a ceiling fan to be at least 7-feet above the surface floor. Instructional installation of the fan that you purchase will also guide on how much space to allow between the fan and the floor.

For that reason, you must keep the building code of your area in mind when choosing how to install. In the case of a high ceiling, we highly recommend that you hang the fan as far down from the ceiling so that people can capture the visual aesthetic of the unit while maintaining the 7- foot or otherwise indicated blade clearance above the floor.

When armed with a drawing that indicates the height of your ceiling to floor and square footage of your space, you are better placed to have a close enough estimation of how long or short the downrod(s) needed will be. You also need to keep in mind that if your ceiling fan unit comes with a lighting kit, it will likely add several inches to the overall length of the fan.

  1. Blade circumference

Based on the size of the room which is determined by the height of your ceiling and square footage, you can now decide on what fan size will be appropriate to effectively circulate air in that given space.

When choosing blades, it’s worth noting that the more space between the blades and the ceiling, the more effectively your fan will circulate and disburse air.

In most cases of high profile ceilings, a 52-inch and higher blade circumference often proves to be an appropriate selection.

Lower blade span sizes such as 42-inch blade diameter work best for smaller rooms and narrow spaces of about 10 square feet. That said, this smaller versions do come in handy when you encounter obtrusive architectural elements such as beams, or cabinetry that may get in the way of airflow in large spaces

Extremely expansive blade diameters can reach as far as 84 inches and the unit can have up to 8 blades. These are reserved for vaulted ceiling and large rooms that need extreme power to effectively circulate the air. Such a fan can circulate air with incredible dexterity upwards of 12,000 CFM (cubic feet per minute).

Blade circumference goes hand in hand with motor power. You may want to ensure that the motor has features such being reversible, is equipped with several fan speed options as well as a whisper quiet operation on all fan speeds including the highest speed.

Motor power can be easily deduced by the volume of air moved Cubic Feet per Minute. Their higher the CFM, the more powerful the motor

  1. Aesthetics

Once the two points above have been addressed one can settle into style preferences such as design and color.

Other important considerations will include:

  • Materials used to build the downrods, canopy and blades
  • Overall finishes
  • Lighting kit
  • Operational ease such as a wall fan control unit, pull chains or a hand held remote control to name a few.

As you observe all the above tips, it is imperative that you select a ceiling fan with a CFM rating appropriate for your room size to achieve sufficient ventilation.

For convenience, you should also select a fan that comes with a control method that is most appropriate to your use and electrical requirements.


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