Ceiling fans are a great way to add height and dimension to any room. Yet, what about smaller spaces that don't demand such drama?
In this case, a low profile ceiling fan is ideal.
Designed to sit closer to the ceiling than traditional models, these streamlined accessories can help you decorate and cool even the most challenging rooms with ease.
Still on the fence about investing in one? Today, we're sharing a few of the top reasons why it's smart to purchase one today.
What is a Low Profile Ceiling Fan?
As its name implies, a low profile fan features blades that are positioned and balanced close to the ceiling. Whereas most fans come equipped with an extendable downrod to accommodate a range of room sizes, this one is designed to sit nearly flush to the top.
Wondering if you need one? Look up.
While many homes feature ceilings that are around nine feet tall or taller, eight-foot ceilings are also common. If yours are on the shorter side, especially if below the eight-foot mark, you'll need to adjust your design strategy.
Most ceiling fan manufacturers recommend that fan blades are at least seven feet from the floor. American building codes agree, as does the U.S. Department of Energy.
As such, homeowners with ceilings below 8-foot have less than one foot of space to work with. This might not be enough room to hang a traditional fan, but it's just right for a low-profile model.
Next, let's take a look at a few of the top reasons why low-profile fans are ideal in a range of design situations.
Greater Amount of Headroom
Just as legroom is important in a car, headroom is vital in any room.
Anyone who enters should be able to walk around freely without fear of knocking their noggin on a sharp fan blade or heavy light fixture.
If you have low ceilings, installing a traditional fan can pose a safety risk. It's smarter to stick with a low-profile version, such as the Adrian Low-Profile, 44-Inch LED Ceiling Fan from Vaxcel.
Featuring an energy-efficient DC motor, this fan is sleek, quiet, and blends in effortlessly with a variety of decor.
More Flexible Downrod Options
Love the idea of a low-profile fan, but don't want to totally give up the look of a downrod? With today's models, you don't have to!
Thanks to innovative technology and design, you can now find fans that include four-inch to six-inch downrods. Though these appear to hang lower than the "ceiling hugger" fans of yesterday, they actually create more headroom.
How? The answer lies in ultra-modern LED technology.
No longer are you limited to bulky light fixtures that take up space and add more length to your fan. Instead, LED fixtures are sleeker, more compact, and more powerful than ever before.
Why is that the case?
Due to the development of a more efficient DC motor, motor housings are no longer required to be as thick. As such, manufacturers can now integrate LED lighting into the fan with greater ease, allowing the light itself to sit flush with the fan blades.
Take a look at the Starfire 56-inch Modern Low-Profile Ceiling Fan with LED Light, for instance. This model includes a simple six-inch downrod, along with an LED light, high-performance DC motor, and four sweptback blades. All this, and it still hangs a mere 9.25 inches to the blades, and only 10.75 inches to the bottom of the light.
Smaller, More Powerful Motors
A compact ceiling fan might be smaller than some traditional models. However, that doesn't mean it's not as efficient.
Rather, many of today's low-profile ceiling fans include robust DC motors that are capable of delivering an impressive amount of power and performance.
The best part? Although they're as dynamic as their counterparts, these latest motors are smaller and more energy-efficient. This will be welcome news in the summertime when you plan to have your fans on all of the time to beat the heat!
Perfect for the Porch
Even if you have sweeping, tall ceilings in your great room, the roof on your front porch or back porch (or both!) might tell a different story.
Here, your ceiling height will usually lower just slightly. This makes a flush-mount fan the perfect solution.
The same applies to oddly-shaped or A-frame rooms inside of your homes. In these situations, you can apply a flush-mount ceiling fan with greater success than one with a long downrod.
Versatile to Fit Any Decor
There are some ceiling fans that are decidedly themed in nature. For instance, our tropical ceiling fans are ideal for beach lovers and anyone who wants to give their space a nautical twist.
The same holds true for our ornate and rustic ceiling fans, as well as our kids and teens models.
However, a low-profile fan is as versatile as they come.
These models are timeless and classic, with simple, striking features that will never go out of style. For this reason, they're just as on-point in a log cabin as they are in a multi-million-dollar estate.
For example, the Isotope 52-inch Low Profile Ceiling Fan With LED Light by Casablanca is available in three time-honored finishes, including:
- Brushed cocoa
- Brushed nickel
- Fresh white
While the latest design fads will come and go, you can rest assured that a low-profile ceiling fan is a smart investment that you won't regret 10 years down the road.
Find Your Next Fan With Us
Do you want to create a stylish and comfortable home? If so, it's important to recognize the importance of a low profile ceiling fan to meet your needs.
Whether you plan to install yours in your bedroom, the office, the family room, or even the back porch, we've got you covered. With the right, professional installation, you can add a ton of form and function to your space, along with a heavy dose of style and sophistication.
Feel free to shop our full inventory of flush-mounted fans and get in touch today if you have any questions!
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