How to Install a Ceiling Fan
Installing a new ceiling fan is a thrifty way to reduce your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. A fan installation is a perfect weekend project for any avid do-it-yourselfer because it only requires a few hours to complete, and the pay off is immediate. You don't have to be a home improvement expert to install a ceiling fan, Del Mar Fans & Lighting's videos and instructions below can help you get started.
To reduce the risk of personal injury and property damage, follow the safety rules below:
Choosing an installation site is as important as selecting the ceiling fan itself. The right location ensures your safety as well as the fan's performance and efficiency. When selecting an installation site, consider the following details:
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What Size Ceiling Fan Downrod Do I Need?
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.
What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need?
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
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
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
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:
- Use a pillowcase to wipe down the canopy, downrod, and motor housing. The pillowcase will capture any excess dust.
- Slide the pillowcase over a fan blade, then press gently against the blade, and pull the pillowcase back. Repeat until all blades are clean.
- Shake the old pillowcase outside before washing in warm water.
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