What is a Hugger Fan?: Hugger, Low Profile, Flush-Mount and Flushmount are terms commonly used to describe fans where the motor housing mounts directly to the ceiling rather than hanging from a 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 giving you more headroom.
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 inches).
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 flush-mount fans that are less than $100 will move very little air. To ensure that the flushmount ceiling fan you buy moves enough air to cool you off, look for fans with the Highest Quality and CFM ratings.
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