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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 to. 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 the 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 in 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

 


MATERIALS

Step Ladder

Pillowcase

 

PRODUCTS USED

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.

 

Shop Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of brand name ceiling fans.

Why Choose an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

What to Consider when Choosing an Outdoor Fan

 

What is better than sitting on your porch swing with a cold glass of smooth iced tea? Swinging on your porch sipping cold iced tea under the cool breeze of an outdoor ceiling fan. There are some important factors to think about when buying outdoor ceiling fans. If you're looking for an affordable, quality fan check out our huge outdoor ceiling fan selection. Take your time and feel out all your options. Once you find an outdoor ceiling fan you love, you can use our guide How to Install a Ceiling Fan to help with your install. But first let’s explain the difference between an indoor fan and an exterior fan.

What's the difference between indoor and outdoor ceiling fans? 

If you’re considering using an indoor fan for your outdoor space, please know outdoor ceiling fans are built to withstand the harsh exterior elements that interior fans often can't handle. Here's the difference.

 

Indoor vs Outdoor ceiling fan info

 

What are the different kinds of outdoor ceiling fans?

 

There are a few different types of outdoor fans. You have to factor the location of where you will be installing the ceiling fan. All ceiling fans have Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Dry, Damp or Wet ratings to help you buy an outdoor ceiling fan.

 

Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting 101

Helpful Tips and Solutions to Common Fan Problems

 

Over the years, we've encountered our fair share of ceiling fan troubles, but we've learned from our experiences and want to share with you what we've discovered along the way. We've compiled our best ceiling fan troubleshooting tips to help you identify and fix the most common ceiling fan problems. As always, use caution when working on your ceiling fan and turn the power off at the circuit breaker box to prevent any injuries.

Common Ceiling Fan Problems

Click on the links below to determine the cause of a ceiling fan problem and how to fix it:

 

Ceiling Fan is Not Working

Ceiling Fan is Wobbling

Ceiling Fan is Noisy

Ceiling Fan Speeds are Not Working

Fan Light Kit is Not Working

Ceiling Fan is Not Reversing

Ceiling Fan is Turning On/Off

Ceiling Fan has Airflow Issues

 


If your ceiling fan will not start, use the steps below to determine cause of the problem:

 

Ceiling Fan Is Not Working

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