Ceiling Fan Downrods

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How to select Ceiling Fan Downrods


When you have purchased a fan for your room, but its ceiling is higher than you have calculated, a ceiling fan downrod can help you install the device right above the area that requires cooling. However, the process of selecting a perfect downrod for your ceiling fan may be as difficult as selecting the device itself. To help you with that, we have prepared a simple guide with useful tips and advice.

A key factor in selecting a perfect downrod is specifying its length—which only depends on the ceiling’s height. The safety requirements of most states say that the blades of your ceiling fan should be at least 7 feet away from the ground. Following this rule will help you calculate the length of the downrod. An 18-inch downrod is perfect to be installed for ceilings with 11-foot ceiling height. The higher the ceiling is, the longer the downrod should be. Standard ceilings are 7 or 8 foot tall and don’t require any additional downrod apart from the one that comes with the fan.

The next step in selecting a perfect downrod for your ceiling fan is selecting the finish that will match both fan and walls’ décor. A downrod of a different color option will strike the eye of every person entering the room. Not only that, such small detail may ruin the décor of the entire room and that is something every homeowner wants to avoid. If you can’t find the downrod to match the fan and walls, select the option that fits the ceiling height and paint it.

Now, you need to consider installation. You have to specify the installation type right away and ensure both fan and ceiling ends match the downrod’s connection. Moreover, if you are planning to install more than one downrod for a single fan, in case the room has an unusually high ceiling, you need to ensure they are threaded at least on one of the ends. This is required for safety precautions to ensure the fan doesn’t fall and brake someone’s skull.

Installing a standard ceiling fan with a standard downrod may be easily done on your own. For more complex installations, for example, when a fan requires more than one downrod, you may want to assign such job to the professionals. Not only will they install a fan faster than you, they will also do it in compliance with the safety standards and requirements. With that said, if you are not sure what downrod to select and how to install it, don’t hesitate to ask a certified professional to help you.