Low Profile Ceiling Fans Hugger and Flush Mount Ceiling Fans for Low Ceilings
Low Profile fans are designed so that the blades are closer to the ceiling than a typical ceiling fan. Because building safety requires fan blades to be no closer than 7 feet from the floor, low profile ceiling fans are required if you have a ceiling lower than 8 feet. CeilingFan.com has a great selection ceiling fans for low ceilings. All at discount prices with FREE Shipping.
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What is a low profile ceiling fan?
Low profile ceiling fans have blades that are 6 to 10 inches from the ceiling rather than 12 to 14 inches like normal fans.
Are there different types of low profile ceiling fans?
There are basically two types of low profile ceiling fans. Those that mount directly to the ceiling (Hugger Fans or Flush Mount Fans) and those that hang from a rod with the blades attached near the top of the motor instead of at the bottom. Both types put the blades further from the floor so you can install them in rooms with lower ceilings.
Where should a low profile fan be used?
Building safety codes require the fan blades to be at least 7 feet from the floor. Considering that most ceiling fans have blades that are 12 inches from the ceiling, typical fans can only be used in rooms where the ceiling is 8 feet high or more. So if you have a room that is lower than 8 feet, you must install some sort of low profile ceiling fan. Whether you use a flush mounted fan or one with a short rod, the blades must not be less than 7 feet from the floor.
Can I install a flush mount fan on a 7 foot ceiling?
The answer is no, there are no ceiling fans that can be installed on a ceiling that is 7 feet high. Because the blades must be at least 7 feet from the floor, the blades would have to be flush with the ceiling, which is just not possible. The closest any low profile fan is from the ceiling according to our research is 5 1/2". So if you add 5 1/2" to 7 feet, the lowest ceiling where you can install any ceiling fan would be 7 1/2 feet high.
Do flush mount fans move less air?
Yes, flush mount fans will move less air than typical ceiling fans. The closer the blades are to the ceiling, the more restriction there is for the air to flow between the blades and the ceiling. The airflow starts becoming restricted at about 12" and gets worse the closer the blades get to the ceiling. When they get too close, the air starts bouncing between the blades and the ceiling, which is why some lower quality hugger fans will shudder and make vibrating noises. To avoid this, manufacturers intentionally make their flush mount fans move less air by using smaller motors and flatter blades. There a few exceptions with some of our higher quality low profile fans that are built sturdier and can handle higher air volume. (call us for recommendations: 1-877-332-6700)
Can I use a low profile fan on a higher ceiling?
You can install a low profile fan on any ceiling as long is it is flat, but if the ceiling is much higher than 8 feet, you probably won't feel much air. So recommend you only use a low profile fan if your ceiling is less than 8 feet or people in your family are over 6 1/2 feet tall (which is one great reason to use a hugger fan). In the past, the 4 or 5 light fixtures that were commonly attached to the bottom of a ceiling fan would make it hang down too low, even on an 8 foot ceiling. This had nothing to do with the height of the blades, but more so the height of the light fixture. So people would choose a hugger fan with lights on an 8 foot ceiling. Nowadays, most standard mount fans have a much sleeker design with lights that are integrated right into the bottom of the fan, so standard fans do not drop down nearly as much as they used to and are your best choice for an 8 foot ceiling due to the increased airflow.