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Hugger, Low Profile and Flushmount ceiling fans are words commonly used to describe fans where the motor housing mounts directly to the ceiling rather than hanging from a short downrod. These types of fans are designed specifically for ceilings that are between 7 1/2 feet and 8 feet high. Most flush mount ceiling fans will have their blades between 6 to 10 inches from the ceiling rather than 12 to 14 inches for typical fans, thus allowing them to be installed on lower ceilings.
Low Ceiling Building Codes: National building codes require the fan blades of any ceiling fan to be at least 7 feet from the floor. The closest any flushmount fan blades are to the ceiling is 6", so you cannot install any ceiling fan in a room where the ceiling is lower than 7 1/2 feet without violating building codes. Also, because some hugger fans hang down further than others, be sure to check the blade to ceiling distance between each hugger fan to find ones that are appropriate for your room. To make sure the blades are NOT less than 7 feet from the floor, subtract the distance from the ceiling to the blades (as indicated in the fan dimensions) from your overall ceiling height, which should be at least 7 feet (or 84 inchtes).
Performance: Hugger fans are notorious for their lack of airflow because the shorter distance from the blades to the ceiling can prevent the air from flowing around the blades properly. So the design and quality of a hugger fan must be even better than a traditional fan in order for it to be effective. Most hugger fans that are less than $100 will move very little air. To ensure that the hugger fan you buy moves enough air to cool you off, look for fans with the Highest Quality and CFM ratings.
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Hugger Fans have a Low Profile fan body that is Flush Mounted directly to the ceiling rather than one that hangs from a short rod. This puts flush mount fans about 3 or 4 inches closer to the ceiling than standard fans, which positions the blades approximately 6 to 8 inches from the ceiling compared to the typical 12 to 14 inches. Hugger fans are designed specifically for rooms with ceilings less than 8 feet high. Read More about Hugger Fans!
It is important to know that having the blades less than 12 inches from the ceiling generally has a negative impact on the performance of ceiling fans. This is because the airflow becomes restricted and begins to bounce between the ceiling and the blades instead of flowing smoothly around them. If a hugger fan is poorly designed, this can cause a reverberation effect, which is why lower quality flush mount fans may have a tendancy to wobble or shudder on high speed. It is also why most ceiling fans are designed to be installed with a small downrod.
To avoid this issue, less expensive hugger fans will tyically have smaller motors with a flatter blade pitch (10 to 12 degrees). This causes them to move less air so that they do not shudder. Although fans designed this way may be sufficient for very small rooms with low ceilings, the lack of airlow can defeat the purpose of installing a ceiling fan. Higher quality hugger fans will have precision made components, sturdier mounting systems and more aerodynamically designed blades. Such fans will generate more airflow while maintaining smooth operation. You can expect to pay between $250 and $350 for a good quality hugger fan.
The models below are initially sorted from best airflow and overall quality down to the least, so the best fans will be the first ones you see. Any fan with an airflow rating of 4 is quite exceptional when it comes to flushmount ceiling fans!
As of January 1, 2009, all ceiling fan manufacturers are required to test and publish data regarding the performance of their fans. Specifically, the CFMs (Cubic Feet per Minute of Airflow), the Watts (amount of electricity used per hour) and the Efficiency (EPA defines as CFM/Watts). Our exclusive "Comparison Graphs" use this data in a way that makes it easy to compare ceiling fans at a glance. The 3 examples below show how the graphs differ between the best, average and below average ceiling fans. Read more about how to interpret our exclusive Ceiling Fan Comparison Graphs Here!
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The above chart suggests the optimal ceiling fan size and CFMs you should consider for typical rooms.
Ceiling height, angle, and room layout may affect these recommendations. For Expert Advice call: 1-800-201-1193.
Room Size and CFM Chart
Although the EPA now requires fan manufacturers to publish the CFM ratings of their fans, there is no standardized scientific method of determining what size and CFM fan is best for
any given application. A few quick searches and you will find that each ceiling fan
manufacturer interprets this differently. So we created our own size and CFM recommendation chart to give you an idea what we recommend for "typical" applications.
We produced this chart based on over 20 years of experience dealing with ceiling fans and the people who we've sold them to.
For the most part, this chart will suffice. If you have low ceilings, you can fudge a little on the CFM and use a fan in the lesser
range of the room size. If you have high ceilings, you need more CFM and a fan closer to the larger size of the chart. In most cases, the more the CFM the better and the
higher the quality score the better!
If you are not sure what to do, just call and talk to our ceiling fan experts at 1-800-201-1193