Tall vaulted ceilings may give a room a sense of character and make it appear larger. Given the slope of the ceiling, you could be pondering whether you can install a fan on it if you decide to do so. We’ve looked into the optimal method for doing this, and we’ll discuss it in this post.
A vaulted ceiling can indeed accommodate a ceiling fan. To accomplish this, you must first confirm that the fan is equipped with the proper hardware assembly for mounting to a vaulted ceiling. Before being mounted on the ceiling, the fan must also have a downrod attached.
This is to make sure that when it is operating, the fan won’t provide any safety risks.
Don’t worry if you still have some concerns about mounting a ceiling fan on a vaulted ceiling. We’ll go into more detail about the subject in this manual. We’ll discuss how to accomplish it, how far down from a vaulted ceiling a ceiling fan should hang, whether or not all ceiling fans can utilize a downrod, and other topics.
Fan Sizing For Vaulted Ceilings
Make sure the ceiling fan is the appropriate size for the space, as you would with any other room. A common ceiling fan for a vaulted room might range in size from 42 to 44 inches. However, depending on the height of the room and the design, you can also fit a fan anywhere between 60 and 90 inches.
You should examine the make and model of the ceiling fan to see whether it will fit your ceiling. The majority of ceiling fans come with mounting gear to hang flat on the ceiling or at an angle, and some may even come with adapters that permitted the fan to hang at 45° more.
The length of the downrod will depend on the height of the ceiling; normally, they should extend 7 to 8 feet above the ground, and greater for vaulted ceilings.
A Ceiling Fan Installation Procedure For A Vaulted Ceiling
Here are the basic methods you can use to install a fan if it can be mounted on a vaulted ceiling:
What you’ll need is:
- wire cutter and stripper
- connections for wires
- four-in-one screwdriver
- Sharp-nosed pliers
- Measurement tape
- assembly of a fan brace and box
1. Calculate the ceiling’s inclination.
Start by using your level to align it with the ceiling to ascertain the angle of the ceiling. The vertical distance between the level and the ceiling should then be measured. Next, check the ceiling fan’s instructions to see that you have the correct fan size and specifications for the ceiling. If so, move on to the following action.
2. Install the fan box after cutting the power.
To avoid potential electrocution, turn off the electricity in the room where the ceiling fan will be put. This can be done at the breaker box, which is normally found in a house’s basement.
After that, take down the outdated fan and brace box from the ceiling. After that, remove the bracing box for the new fan and fasten it to the ceiling with a screwdriver.
Make sure you remove the electrical wires from the old box through the opening so they can hang freely. Remember that you might need to spin the shaft of the box to help attach the brace onto the framing if the ceiling has a steep slope.
3. Place the wiring hanger bracket in place.
The wire hangers should then be fed through the new fan’s hanger bracket, making sure to pass through the box over the saddle screws.
The nuts should then be tightened to ensure that the box is securely clamped to the shaft. With the aid of a socket or nut driver, you can tighten them. Ensure that the hanger bracket is placed on the vaulted ceiling’s uphill side.
4. Affix the fan.
Take the new fan, then put the motor housing together. After that, install the downrod on top of the mounting collar, feeding the electrical wires through it while you make sure the motor is positioned correctly. Make sure the downrod locks into place when the cotter pin is inserted when you pass it through the collar.
Utilizing the lock nuts and screws included in the hardware package, tighten the downrod. One of the main causes of fans that wobble is improperly tightened nuts and screws, so make sure to do this.
5. Connect the wires.
Install the wiring and switches after the fan and motor housing has been fastened. Before connecting any electrical wire, it is crucial to quickly review the diagram that was included with the fan. Remember that the ground line is usually a green wire. The white wire will serve as the neutral wire. Typically, the hot wires would be blue or black; make sure to attach matching colors (i.e., white to white wires, black wires to other black wires, etc.).
6. Fix the blades of the ceiling fan.
Put the blade fans and their brackets into the motor housing now. You might need to screw the brackets on the blades before joining them to the fan because this could be a bit difficult. The best method for completing this step is to utilize a drill.
7. Connect the receiver and the light housing.
Attaching the fan’s light housing and radio receiver is the next step if your fan has both a light and a remote control. Again, make sure you are configuring the receiver’s code toggles appropriately to connect with the electrical wall switch and remote control by referring to the instructions that came with the fan.
8. Turn on the power and check the fan.
Reconnect the power after assembling the receiver and light housings, then test the fan to make sure it is operating properly. Watch the fan closely for the first 10 to 15 minutes it is running to make sure it isn’t swaying or looking out of balance.
How Far Down From A Vaulted Ceiling Should A Ceiling Fan Hang?
On vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans typically hang 12 inches above the floor. This means that for the fan to operate safely on the ceiling, your downrod must be at least 12 inches long. When reading the instructions for your ceiling fan, double-check this because they will specify the length necessary.
Any Ceiling Fan Can Use A Downrod, Right?
No. However, the majority of ceiling fans will have a fitting that you may use to attach them to a downrod. The fan might not come with any additional hardware, like an adapter or mounting bracket that would enable you to utilize a downrod, if it is only intended to be flush mounted.
Is It Possible To Install A Flush Mount Ceiling Fan On A Slanted Ceiling?
It depends on the ceiling fan’s manufacture and model, as well as the hardware that comes with it. If the fan is only designed for flush mounting, you’ll probably require an angled ceiling mount adaptor to secure it to the ceiling.
According to their diameter, ceiling fans are sized. The diameter of a fan is measured from the fixture’s center to the blade’s edge. This is significant to remember because you don’t want a fan that is too big or powerful for the space. Additionally, make sure the fan is large enough to effectively cool the space.
The recommended fan sizes for each room size are listed below:
Length and width of the room: 8′ x 12′ – 40″ fan; 12′ x 14′ – 42″ to 54″ fan; 18′ x 20′ – 52″ to 60″ fan
Remember that the fan may not be possible to be attached to a ceiling with an angle more than 50 or 55 degrees since it will provide a safety danger while operating. Due to spacing concerns with the bracket, you might not be able to utilize remote control with the fan.
How Can I Choose the Right Size Ceiling Fan?
You should have some knowledge of the room where the ceiling fan will be installed before making the purchase. If the ceiling is not flat, you must know the area of the room, the height of the ceiling, and the angle of the ceiling.
We hope this article provided some guidance on how to mount a ceiling fan on a vaulted ceiling. Remember that a safe installation of the fan depends on collecting precise measurements of the slope of the ceiling. In order to install the fan correctly and safely, keep in mind to always check the manufacturer’s instructions.