How to mount the fan to a (low) ceiling
A low ceiling height and the use of a ceiling fan are not mutually exclusive. In rooms with a ceiling lower than 2.3 metres we recommend using a ceiling fan with a slim construction where the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the appliance have been reduced to a minimum. This allows ideal air circulation in low rooms and tall people need not be concerned.
- Slim-line ceiling fan
- Hugger mount style ceiling fans for low ceilings
- How do I mount the fan to the ceiling?
Slim-line ceiling fan
The ideal height from the ground to the fan is about 2.30m, the distance from the blades to the ceiling is recommended with 30 to 40cm. If this gap is smaller, the air that is moved between the blades and the ceiling must overcome a bigger resistance. The airflow of the ceiling fan is reduced slightly, however it is necessary in order to move sufficient air in rooms with low ceilings. In the course of better heat insulation in newly built houses, rooms with low ceilings become increasingly more common: Less ceiling height equals less required heating.
There are two kinds of slim ceiling fans for low rooms. On one hand there are ceiling fans with a short down rod or a slim light kit. These measures decrease the overall depth of the fan. In case of some ceiling fans the rod that is supplied in the box can be cut to length with a metal saw. In that case, new holes for the screws must be drilled on the rod. Prefabricated spare rods are available in different size and pose a great alternative to shortening a rod. Due to the size of the fans we recommend a remote control or wall controller option.
The second type of construction are fans with a hugger mount style that we will take a closer look at in the next section.
Pepeo tip: Ceiling fans with ball-and-joint sockets can be mounted to sloping ceilings or corners to ensure the room is used as best as possible. A note about installation on sloped ceilings is available in the technical specifications of the product description. It might be necessary to add a longer drop rod to prevent the blades from hitting the angled ceiling walls.
Hugger mount style ceiling fans for low ceilings
The hugger mount style ceiling fan features a motor housing that is mounted directly to the ceiling without any drop rod in between. This reduces the gap from the ceiling to the blades considerably. The Kisa ceiling fan for example has a dimension of just 16cm from ceiling to blades. The increased frictional resistance impacts the airflow of the ceiling fan however the circulation is still more than enough for use in private households. When it comes to professional application in industrial environments, centrifugal wall fans are used instead of hugger mount ceiling fans.
Slim constructions like the ceiling fans Saturn, Kisa and Aero cannot be mounted to sloping ceilings due to the lack of a flexible ball-and-socket joint.
Pepeo tip: The slimmer the light kit, the more free space you have between your head and the ceiling fan. If a ceiling fan with a short drop rod or a hugger mount should be used, depends on the ceiling and body height. If your room has sloping ceilings, check if the wiring can be laid there.
How do I mount the fan to the ceiling?
Are all single parts of the ceiling fan listed in the manual at hand? Arrange the parts and required tools on your table or floor. Turn off the power supply in the room on the fuse box. Check if the supply really stopped by flicking the light switch.
If applicable, remove your old light fitting and remove any dust and deposit from the ceiling. Install the fan’s ceiling bracket with a drilling machine.
Connect the wires of the bracket with the wires on your ceiling in accordance with the coloured markings, be sure to follow the instructions in the manual.
If need be, shorten the drop rod with a metal saw and mount the rod to the canopy by using the screws supplied in the box.
Bring the fan housing close to the ceiling bracket and connect the wires from the fan’s drop rod with the connections from the bracket. Fit the fan housing to the ceiling mount.
Mount the fan blades to their blade holders and screw them onto the fan housing. If applicable, fit the add-on light kit if your fan has one according to the manual. When using a remote control, insert the receiver part into the canopy. Once you are finished, screw the canopy and ceiling mount together.
Turn on the power supply and the light switch and test all functions of the ceiling fan. After the installation, the ceiling fan must operate for 24 hours non-stop. If the fan continues to move irregularly, check if all screws have been tightened correctly. The gap between the blades and the ceiling should be the same for all blades. If need be, the blade holders can be bent up or down gently. Frequently remove dust, insects or debris from the blades to prevent overheating and changes in weight.