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When is a ceiling fan too low?
Friday, January 10, 2020
Manufacturers specify seven feet as the minimum safe height for ceiling fan blades, but no minimum is specified in the building code. Thirty inches is also recommended as a minimum dimension from blade tip to side for adequate air circulation.
The ceiling fan on a screen porch addition to a mobile home shown at the top of the page is an example of how not to do it. The blades are 5’-10” above the floor—ready to give a crew cut, or worse, to anyone crossing the room and not looking up.
If it had been mounted with a flush-mount kit instead of a downrod, the fan might have almost met the seven foot minimum.
Also see our blog post How close can a smoke detector be to a ceiling fan?
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