Can You Put a Ceiling Fan on a Sloped Ceiling?

Ceiling fans are easy to install on a regular, flat ceiling. But what if your room has a sloped or a vaulted ceiling? Can you put a ceiling fan there?

Ceiling fans can be installed on sloped or vaulted ceilings with properly sized downrods. You will have to use a longer downrod to prevent the fan blades from hitting on the sloped and vaulted ceilings.

Sloped ceiling downrod length calculation
Downrod length for a sloped ceiling

If you want to know more about ceiling fan installation on sloped ceilings, continue reading;

What are the basic conditions for installing a ceiling fan on a sloped ceiling?

A longer downrod installation is the best solution for installing a ceiling fan on a sloped or angled or vaulted surface. An angled ceiling mount adapter should also be used based on the type of ceiling fan you are going to install and the angle of your ceiling.

Types of fans that can be and cannot be installed

Only certain types of ceiling fans could be installed on a sloped ceiling surface. You need to check the manufacturer’s mounting instructions to know whether they can be installed on a sloped surface.

Downrod mount fans

The ceiling fan models that can be installed using downrod mounts can be installed on a sloped ceiling surface. They can be installed as it is on ceilings that have a sloping angle of 34º. If your ceiling angle is greater than 34º then you’d need a sloped ceiling adopter.

Low-profile fans

This type of ceiling fan cannot be put on a sloped ceiling surface because they are simply not designed to support such an installation. This type of fan come under the hugger category and are not suitable for such ceilings.

ceiling fan installed on vaulted ceiling
ceiling fan installed on vaulted ceiling

What is the purpose of a sloped ceiling adopter in installing a ceiling fan on a sloped ceiling?

A sloped ceiling adopter is a mandatory fitment required to install ceiling fans on a sloped ceiling surface that has a ceiling angle from 34º to 56º. This particular adopter is sloped separately in most cases. The existing canopy of the fan should be replaced with this adopter for installation on a sloped ceiling.

Can I use a remote-control function on a sloped ceiling-installed fan?

YES! You can install a remote control on a sloped ceiling fan but only with the use of an accessory.  Without the use of a slope ceiling adapter, the remote-control function can be installed on a sloped ceiling-mounted fan. Without that, there won’t be any space to install the remote control. 

A tight ceiling bracket does limit the space available for installing a remote control. The sloped ceiling adapter frees up the space between the ceiling and the fan. This space is more than adequate to install a remote-control receiver. Certain fans come pre-installed with a remote-control receiver, which can also be installed for reducing your workload.

What is the need for a downrod in installing a ceiling fan on a sloped ceiling?

An extended downrod is one of the essential components you need to have to install the ceiling fan on a sloped or vaulted or angled surface. According to industry norms, a ceiling fan should be installed at least 30 inches away from the wall. The fan blades and other components of the fan should be at least 7 feet or more from the floor.

To know what size downrod you will need to install the fan on a sloped ceiling refer to this article: Ceiling fan downrod length for sloped ceiling.

Charles John

Experienced HVAC technician with 8 years of experience in the industry. Capable of handling all sorts of heating and cooling equipment as well as proficient in operational management, construction-related techniques such as preventative maintenance, electrical troubleshooting and AutoCAD

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