Low Ceilings? There Is A Ceiling Fan For That

Manufacturers recognize the need for a ceiling fan made for low ceilings and produce different styles and designs to handle this need. As with regular fans, these low profile fans can still have the same features and options available. While the design of a low profile fan varies, the recommended installation of one will provide optimal airflow in a room with a low ceiling while keeping safety the main priority.

Ceiling Fans for Low Ceilings


Minka-Aire F518-WH 44-inch Concept II Flush Mount Ceiling Fan, White with White Blades


  • White finish
  • 10-1/2-inch hanging depth is ideal for low ceilings
  • Integrated 100-watt halogen light provides ample illumination (bulb included)
  • Includes full function handheld remote control system
  • Three concave blades install with a 14-degree pitch
  • Three speeds, reversible for use all year round

This model is the most popular ceiling fan for low ceilings. It is available in various colors including: brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and polished nickel finishes. Not including the lights, the F518 Concept II has an airflow of 4,600 CFM using only 40-watts. The airflow efficiency per watt is 115 CFM.

Customers rate this fan 4.3 out of 5. Some comments are:

Great, easy to install very quiet fan!

I bought this fan/light combo almost 3 years ago and have been very happy with it. It still is very quiet and has very little friction (blades spin long after power is off), so I know it’s not using very much electricity to run it. I have the 44″ version for a smallish living room and it works great. In fact, I’m using it right now to push the heat from the heater off the ceiling. If you have a bigger room, I suggest the larger version (52″, I think).

The dimmer system if fairly simple and works well. The light is not extremely powerful, but it does kick out enough light for basic use. I would recommend at least one other light source. In my living room, it works really well with 4 ceiling cans.

52″ Modern Fan Cirrus Aluminum Finish Hugger Ceiling Fan


  • Shiny aluminum finish
  • 13-inches hanging depth
  • Includes a 4-speed wall control for fan speed only
  • Three aluminum blades with 14-degree pitch
  • Limited lifetime warranty

The Cirrus is one of the top airflow ceiling fans and moves slightly more air than the Concept II. The fan produces 6,618 CFM using 88.5-watts. With an airflow efficiency of 115 CFM per watt. The Modern Fan Cirrus hugger is rated for outdoor damp locations. This model comes without lights, but other cirrus models include light kits.

Customers comments:

This Cirrus fan is a quality fan that works well and looks very modern. I am very pleased with it and highly recommend it.

I know it cost a little more than those fans at Home Depot, but Cirrus Fan is well worth the price. It is very well constructed. And, it LOOKS GREAT!

Just installed the Cirrus Hugger Fan and it is everything I had hoped it would be … and more!! Installation was easy as long as the directions are followed. Note: If you purchase the wall outlet AND the remote control option, the outlet MUST BE INSTALLED FIRST BEFORE THE REMOTE CONTROL WORKS.

I also ordered the optional spot light kit and this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED .. it really adds ALOT to the overlook look and feel of the fan.

My only slight comment is that I wish that when the fan is on High, it was a bit faster. Other than that its worth every penny.

Minka Aire F544-BCW Two Light Belcaro Walnut Hugger Ceiling Fan


  • Belcaro Walnut finish
  • Hanging depth of 10.5-inches
  • Aged champagne glass light fixture with 2-60W candelabra bulbs (bulbs included)
  • Includes hand held remote control
  • Five dark walnut blades with a 14-degree pitch
  • Reversible with 3 speeds

A Traditional style ceiling fan, the Calais moves a lot of air with a airflow of 6,050 using 80-watts on high with no lights and a airflow efficiency of 76 CFM per watt. Rated for indoors only. Also available in golden bronze color.

Customer rating of 4.3 out of 5. Some verified customer comments:

Best ceiling fan I’ve ever bought. Installed in under 2 hours (including beer break) without any problems at all. Fan is quiet and without any wobble at all. The motor cover is a rather heavy ceramic that may require you to have an extra pair of hands to hold it in place while the screws are inserted. No complaints whatsoever.

This is the fourth Calais I got for my house, these are high quality fans, love them, noiseless, and they look awesome.

It was very challenging to fit the canopy on when installing this. It’s heavy and the screw holes are not tapered to direct the screws in the holes. Definitely better if you have someone help you install this one but worth it. This fan is really gorgeous, quiet and operates as you would expect of a fan for this price.

Clearance Between Fan and Ceiling

During winter, the fan will be in cooling mode (think  forward or counter-clockwise). The magic distance of 8 inches of clearance between the fan and the ceiling is required to allow optimum airflow into the fan blades. For every 2 inches of ceiling clearance below this minimum space, airflow will decrease by as much as 25 percent. Most ceiling fans come with three-inch downrods so a room with a standard 8 foot ceiling will have approximately 7 feet 4 inches of clearance from the floor.

“The National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, is a regionally adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States.” Wikipedia.

While the NEC standardizes ceiling fan installation issues such as junction boxes for proper support, the NEC includes no specific language stipulating ceiling fan height. But, national building codes require the fan blades of any ceiling fan to be at least 7 feet (or 84 inches) from the floor. As a result, you cannot install any ceiling fan in a room where the ceiling is lower than 7 1/2 feet.

Types of Low Clearance Fans

Rooms with ceilings that are too low, are going to have disadvantages to the efficiency and safety issues of having a ceiling fan. Because these units have less than the optimum 8 inch clearance from the ceiling, airflow and performance is decreased. As side note, a option to reduce the danger of accidental contact with the blades, move a large furniture such as a table directly beneath will help from walking into the blades.

Even cheap ceiling fans can be installed in a room with low ceiling, fans that are less than $100 will move very little air. Look for fans with the Highest Quality and CFM ratings. Commonly used phrases to describe fans where the motor housing mounts directly to the ceiling rather than hanging from a short downrod are: