We finally got around to installing a ceiling fan in the living room this summer. Let me tell you, we couldn’t have picked a better year for it, it has been a HOT one.
Here she is. She is lovely. She moves the air around the living room perfectly.
We did hit a little snag though.
Apparently when you have vaulted ceilings it is very challenging to balance a ceiling fan. The reason for this being that the air that is boucing off of the fan blades is hitting the ceiling at different heights and therefore bouncing back onto the blade with different force. Does that make sense? It did to me, once I did a little internet research.
After attempting for a few days to balance the darn thing, we decided to do some more research and found that with a vaulted ceiling it is as easy as getting a longer extenstion arm hanging from the ceiling. It was a minimal cost and the extensions can be found in the ceiling fan aisle of Home Depot. Once we added the extender, the fan was super easy to balance and we kicked ourselves for waiting days to get it done.
Paul felt very triumphant to have fixed our balancing problem and have a smooth whirling fan above us!
There you have it. If you are installing a ceiling fan and you have a vaulted ceiling make sure you have a bar extender that is at least 18 inches to give the fan enough of a gap between the ceiling and the blades.
I am in love with the soft breeze and movement it provides to enhance our swamp cooler.