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How to Position 2 Ceiling Fans in a Single Room
Some rooms are simply too large for a single ceiling fan, or the ceilings are so high that it makes more sense to use 2 fans instead of one.
In general, rooms that are larger than 20' x 15' will be better served by 2 moderate size ceiling fans rather than 1 large fan. Rooms that are a bit smaller but have much higher ceilings can also use 2 fans for better circulation.
So if you want to install 2 fans in the same room, it is important to know how to space them out properly for optimal performance.
To illustrate how to position 2 ceiling fans in a room, we are going to use a room size from someone who most recently asked us how to do this. The room was 17 feet x 15 feet with 17 foot high ceilings.
The goal is to postion the fans equidistantly in the room. The end result with be that the space in the center between the 2 fans is twice the distance that the fans are from the walls.
This is accomplished by dividing the width of the room by 4 and centering each fan that same distance from the side walls.
In our example room that is 17 feet wide (which is 204"), 1/4 of that distance is 51". So each fan should be installed with the junction box positioned 51" from the shorter wall.
Although the measurment is now shown in the illustration below, you would also position the fans in the middle of the shorter 15 foot wall, which would be 7 1/2 feet from either side.
You can check this calculation using this method: Subtract the combined
width of the 2 fans (104") from the width of the longest wall (204"),
which in your case leaves 100" of space not occupied by the fans.
Divide 100 by 4 to find out how far from each wall the blades will be
(25"). Then divide the span of the fan by 2 to find the radius or
center location of the fan (26"). Then, add the distance from the wall
to the radius of the fan to locate the distance from the wall to
position the fan mounting hardware on your ceiling. In this case that
is 51" (25" plus 26"). This will leave 25" from each wall to the blades
and 50" between the blades of each fan as shown above.
Answers to Recent Ceiling Fans Questions Posted To This Page
- Question #9463 - Posted: 3/7/2014 12:32:21 PM
Ceiling Fans Question
QUESTION: room is 18 ft x 28 ft. with a 14 foot vaulted ceiling. What size fan do I buy? How low from the vaulted ceiling does the fan hang? My pendant lights are black...can I use a black fan?
ANSWER: In a room this size of yours, we would most likely recommend 2 fans. Black is certainly a great option if it matches other decorative items in your room. However, there are very few black fans available today, so you may want to consider other finish options in order to dramatically expand your choices. Ultimately, the fan we recommend will be based on many factors including: style, quality, airflow and price range. For that reason, it is best to call and talk to one of our ceiling fan experts in order for us to quickly narrow down your choices over the phone.
- Question #9462 - Posted: 3/7/2014 12:28:41 PM
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QUESTION: I have a commercial space of 2000 total square feet, but only about 1200 contiguous that needs air circulation for both heat and AC. Ceilings are 12 feet high. I'm thinking 2 fans because the only duct is basically centrally located and kicks air through 3 vents on either side and is about 12 inches from the ceiling. Would you recommend a "commercial" heat fan?! I need a recommendation and would definitely prefer something that is going to be VERY quiet, but also move the air.
ANSWER: Commercial heat fans are typically not designed for quiet operation, so I would probably make a different recommendation for a sound sensitive area. There are so many options to choose from that it is best if you call and talk to one of our ceiling fan experts to go over them with you on the phone. Please call us at: 1-800-201-1193.
- Question #9458 - Posted: 2/23/2014 8:23:35 PM
Ceiling Fans Question - Emerson Model CF788AP
CF788AP - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/emerson/model.asp?ProdNo=CF788AP
QUESTION: We have a living room with walls that are about 11 feet high with a vaulted ceiling the peak of which is 16 feet above the floor. What height above the floor should the ceiling fan be mounted. We will be using it in the summer for cooling as well as in the winter to bring the warm air down. We havent decided on the fan diameter yet, probably in the 60-72" range. We will most likely be buying an Emererson Eco fan. Thanks.
I would recommend using a 6 foot downrod to bring the fan down a little less than 10 feet from the floor. A 72" Emerson Eco fan should be great for this application if the room is around 15 feet x 15 feet or more. If it is really large, over 20 feet...you should consider using 2 60" fans with 6 foot poles. Below is a link back to the Carrera Grande Eco in Antique Pewter with 72" blades. You can actually select any of the Carrera Grande Eco fans regardless of size and then change the blades that are pictured to any of the 72" blades by clicking on the orange Blades button, so you are not limited to just the brushed nickel finish to create a 72" fan. Carrera Grande Eco 72"
- Question #9457 - Posted: 2/23/2014 8:18:04 PM
Ceiling Fans Question - Fanimation Model FPD8089PW
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QUESTION: Is there a downrod longer than 72" available for the Fanimation Keistone 72 (DC Motor) Ceiling Fan?
ANSWER: You can purchase a downrod coupler and join 2 downrods together to create a downrod as long as 12 feet. Click on the orange button for Accessories beneath the fan picture on the main product detail page to add the downrod coupler. Then click on the Downrods button to add a downrod. You can then change the quantity to 2 once you add the configuration to the shopping cart. Or just give us a call during normal business hours and we will make sure you get everything you need.
- Question #9456 - Posted: 2/19/2014 2:10:56 AM
Ceiling Fans Question - Fanimation Model FP7910BN
FP7910BN - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/fanimation/model.asp?ProdNo=FP7910BN
QUESTION: can the Levon Fanimation ceiling fan be installed on a vaulted ceiling? It says it come with a 6" down rod but does not mention any other lengths.
ANSWER: The Fanimation Levon ceiling fan will hang from a vaulted ceiling angled up to 30 degrees using the standard 6" downrod and mounting hardware that is included with the fan. Additional length downrods for ceilings over 9 feet high can be found by clicking on the orange button labeled Downrods, located just beneath the main picture of the fan on the product details page. Ceilings angled more than 30 degrees up to 45 degrees require the optional Angled Ceiling Adapter Model: FA-SCB1-52, which can found by clicking on the orange Accessories button.
- Question #9453 - Posted: 2/11/2014 9:10:42 AM
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QUESTION: Are your wet rated ceiling fans made with only either plastic or stainless steel interior parts? Could you recommend some which have this?
All outdoor wet rated ceiling fans use special components that are stainless steel or plastic...as this is a requirement in order to be UL listed for use outdoors. With that said, I cannot say that any or all of them use only stainless steel and plastic for ALL components. If corrosion is your concern, I must steer in you in the direction of the Minka Aire Concept I 58" Wet rated ceiling fan which is the first and ONLY ceiling fan where the actual motor housing is made of marine grade stainless steel. This is a new fan that will become available in March of 2014. We are very excited about this great new stainless steel outdoor fan. Each of the finishes the fan is available in are actually applied over stainless steel, so even the white and oil rubbed bronze models are stainless. Here is a link: Minka Are Stainless Steel Concept I 58" Wet Rated Ceiling Fan
- Question #9452 - Posted: 2/11/2014 9:06:07 AM
Ceiling Fans Question
QUESTION: I want to connect a Casablanca fan that takes a threaded down rod to an existing down rod that is .75" OD and is not threaded. Do you carry a coupler or adaptor that will enable me to accomplish this? Thank you.
ANSWER: There is no coupler made to connect a Casablanca ceiling fan to a non-Casablanca downrod. Casablanca does not allow this because they use their own proprietary mounting system that they have tested for safety. Using any other mounting system would void the warranty and could create an unsafe condition, particularly if the previous fan and downrod was not rated for the same weight as the Casablanca fan. You will find this the same with most of the higher quality brands.
- Question #9451 - Posted: 2/1/2014 3:35:37 PM
Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model HU-54094
HU-54094 - http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/hunter/model.asp?ProdNo=HU-54094
QUESTION: 54094-hunter Caribbean can you purchase it with a hand remote
ANSWER: You certainly can. Hunter offers several choices for remote controls. Just click on the orange button beneath the main fan picture on the product page to see the choices and add one to your fan. Otherwise, give us a call and we will be happy to help you choose the best control for your needs: 1-800-201-1193