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Calculate the Angle of a Sloped Ceiling

Know the Angle of Your Ceiling Before Installing a New Ceiling Fan


A sloped ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings with angles, also known as a pitch, up to 30 degrees. However, if your ceiling has a pitch greater than 30 degrees, you will need a sloped ceiling adapter for a proper and secure installation.


A standard sloped ceiling adapter allows the ceiling fan to be installed on ceilings with pitches ranging from 31 degrees to 45 degrees. The Fanimation Fan Company produces a sloped ceiling kit for a 1-inch downrod that allows a fan to mount on a ceiling with a pitch up to 52 degrees.


Select a sloped ceiling adapter in a similar finish to your ceiling fan. To ensure compatibility, choose a sloped ceiling adapter from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan mounting systems, including sloped ceiling adapters.


To determine if a sloped ceiling kit is necessary, gather the following materials and use the steps below to calculate the angle of the ceiling.



Tape Measure



Step Ladder

Step 1: Measure the Rise

The rise is the height difference between two walls. To find the rise, follow the steps below:


Using the tape measure, measure the height of the ceiling, from the highest point of the ceiling to the floor. Record this first measurement.


Measure the Rise

Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote

Use This Guide to Reclaim Your Rogue Ceiling Fan.


Is your ceiling fan turning on and off on its own, even when you’re not in the room? Don’t call the Ghost Busters just yet. Most ceiling fan remote controls come with the factory set frequency. If two or more ceiling fans have the same frequency they can be controlled by either fan’s remote, which can have a range of 40 to 50 feet. Hence, the other remote is messing with your ceiling fan. This is more likely to affect you if you live in an apartment or a townhouse. A good rule of thumb is to create a unique frequency as soon as you get your fan.



Do you need a new ceiling fan remote? View Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan remote controls.



Ballpoint pen or small screwdriver

Regular sized screwdriver

Step Ladder 



In this video we used the Hayden 78784 made by Westinghouse Ceiling Fan


What Size Ceiling Fan Downrod Do I Need?

Select the Right Downrod Length for Optimum Airflow and Comfort


A ceiling fan downrod is a metal pipe that connects the motor housing to the mounting hardware, stabilizing the ceiling fan and reducing the potential for wobbling. A downrod also aids in proper airflow by ensuring a safe distance between the ceiling fan blades and the ceiling, at least 8 – 10 inches, and between the fan blades and the floor, a minimum of 7 feet.


Downrods range in diameter and length depending on the ceiling fan type and application. Standard ceiling fans include a downrod ranging in length from 3 inches to 6 inches, which is suitable for standard size rooms with a ceiling height of 8 – 9 feet. However, fan downrods can range up to 177 inches depending on the manufacturer.


Here’s a simple guide to help you find the right ceiling fan downrod length for any room in your home. After reading, browse Del Mar Fans & Lighting’s selection of downrods from leading ceiling fan brands and shop our wide selection of ceiling fans.

Calculate Ceiling Fan Downrod Length

Ceiling fans provide optimal airflow when suspended 8 – 9 feet from the floor. Hanging a ceiling fan too high or too low can result in poor airflow in a room, causing your ceiling to work harder and use more energy than it needs too. The wrong height can also result in an ill-fitted looking ceiling fan.


A method commonly used to find the right downrod length is the ceiling height minus the height of the ceiling fan, minus the desired hanging height (usually 8 feet). For example, if your ceiling is 10 feet in height and your ceiling fan is 12 inches in height, you will need a 1-foot downrod to mount the ceiling fan 8 feet above the floor. You can also refer to the downrod length chart below for additional guidance in selecting the right measurement.

Ceiling Height and Downrod Length Chart

What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need?

Get the Most Out of Your Ceiling Fan by Selecting the Right Size


Small ceiling fans for small rooms and large ceiling fans for large rooms, or so they say. While this may sound like an ancient proverb, choosing the right size ceiling fan ensures maximum performance, style, and above all – comfort. Here’s how you can select the correct ceiling fan size for any room in your home. Are you unsure of which type of ceiling fan best suits your home’s structure and style? Read Del Mar Fans & Lighting’s guide to selecting the right type of fan.


Find the Square Footage of the Room


Measure the square footage to get right size ceiling fan for your room.A ceiling fan’s size is proportional to the room size. To determine the room size, use a tape measure to measure the width and length of the room. Multiply the width and length dimensions to find the total square footage (e.g. 12’ x 12’ = 144 square feet). Keep this measurement handy when shopping for a new ceiling fan. The room dimensions are listed on the mounting system details.


Consider the ceiling height as well as the square footage. If your ceiling height is less than 8 feet, choose a low profile ceiling fan.


If your ceiling height is more than 10 feet, choose a ceiling fan downrod that will allow the fan blades to hang at least 7 feet above the floor. See Del Mar Fans and Lighting’s selection of ceiling fan downrods.


How To Measure a Ceiling Fan's Blade Span


Once you know the total square footage of the room, determine the ceiling fan size by measuring the blade span on an existing fan. The blade span, also known as the blade sweep, is the diameter created by the fan blades while rotating. Use a tape measure to determine the fan blade span.


How to Clean a Ceiling Fan Guide

Your Guide to a Healthy Ceiling Fan and Family


Keeping your ceiling fan clean and dust free is important. Not only does this ensure a long life for your fan, but it also makes the air in your home cleaner and safer for your family. Dust is one of the main culprits of a wobbly ceiling fan. Let’s be honest, no cleaning job is the same. We’ve compiled the best tips and tricks for dusting and cleaning a ceiling fan, including how to clean a ceiling fan on a high ceiling. This helpful guide will teach you how to clean a ceiling fan like a pro.


*Safety first. Always be safe, whenever you work on your fan make sure the breaker is turned off.



Looking for a ceiling fan that is easy to maintain dust-free? Many Hunter ceiling fans include Dust Armor, a coating that repels dust from building up on the fan blades, ensuring a clean fan and home.



How to Dust a Fan on a Standard Ceiling



Step Ladder




For this video, we used a Craftmade Mia ceiling fan


If your fan is located on a regular ceiling, ranging from 8 - 10 ft., use a step ladder to reach the ceiling fan and use the steps below:


  1. Use an old pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan blades.Use a pillowcase to wipe down the canopy, downrod, and motor housing. The pillowcase will capture any excess dust.
  2. Slide the pillowcase over a fan blade, then press gently against the blade, and pull the pillowcase back. Repeat until all blades are clean.
  3. Shake the old pillowcase outside before washing in warm water.


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