Ceiling fans tend to add comfort in most rooms, whether a private bedroom or family room where you frequently entertain. The ceiling fan should be a certain size and height to function properly, which depends on a variety of factors including the size, shape and purpose of the room.
Drop Rod Lengths
A ceiling fan should rest about 7 1/2 to 9 feet from the ground to remain high enough to be out of the way yet low enough to actually make a difference in the room. For example, use a 12-inch drop rod if your ceilings are 9 feet high, or a 24-inch rod if your ceilings are 11 feet high. Much longer drop rods are needed for cathedral ceilings such as in a two-story family room.
Considerations for Sloped Ceilings
Drop rods allow ceiling fans to be installed on sloped ceilings where the fan cannot be mounted as usual. Shorter rods work for sloped ceilings that aren't too high with a bracket that allows the rod to hang at an angle parallel to the ground. A ceiling fan hung from a sloped ceiling still needs at least 24 inches of clearance on both sides so it doesn't come into contact with the ceiling or walls while in use.
Larger rooms require larger, more powerful fans to adequately circulate air and cool the room. Rooms between 225 and 400 square feet require a 52-inch fan. Larger rooms of 18 feet or more would benefit from having two fans placed at even intervals on either side of the room. Typical placement of a ceiling fan in rooms 400 square feet or smaller is in the center of the room where people tend to gather.
Ceiling fans have come a long way since their inception in style and design. The blades can be made of different materials, shapes or colors. Some fans are made with a particular decor or theme in mind, such as blades with images of princesses or that look like grass to complement a tropical theme. Fans also come in different styles, such as sleek chrome in a modern style or ornate floral carvings to complement a Victorian style.
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