"Hugger" ceiling fans

Would anyone care to give me some info on "hugger" ceiling fans? I don't have much head-room in the room I want to put this type of fan in, but I've read that fans must be a certain distance from the ceiling to operate properly. I need max air circulation.
Thanks in advance. -- pj
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Hugger ceiling fans hang close to the ceiling. Many models come with hardware to allow you to hang the fan in this fashion.

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I have had both celing hugger fans and "traditional" fans. I opted the for the traditional fans when I moved to a different house because I was told that they generate more air movement. That may be true, but I honestly cannot see much (if any) difference (and that would probably be particularly true with low ceinings).
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They mount right against the outlet box in the ceiling with no drop down pipe. All have sufficient clearance though you may have a bit less circulation with this type of fan-- though probably not enough to notice. You could run it at a higher speed I guess...
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In addition to what I said in previous message, you might want to consider these things: (1) Some fans will work with a very short drop-down extension -- 2", I think. That would not be much different than ceiling huggers. (2) Be sure to look at the configuration/style of light kits, if you plan to use one. Some light kits are designed so that the lights extend straight down from the fan, others spread the lights horizontally, and still others simply have a kit where the lights are attached directly to the fan -- with no "arms" -- and will be covered by a globe similar to some ceiling lights. The style can make a *big* difference if you are concerned about the amount of clearance from floor to the fan.
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pj wrote:

I have one of these, left over from our previous owners - pretty sure it's just one of the $59 deals you can get at Home Depot.
It works fine, though, as far as air circulation. We usually use it on the lowest speed (anything higher and it shimmies a bit - like I said, it's a cheap fan) and it makes a noticeable difference even on that speed. Unless it's a very hot day or we're working on the room (which we've been doing a lot lately), we almost never even need to use the a/c.
There is still about a foot of clearance between the fan blades and the ceiling, which seems like plenty to gather enough air to push down. It doesn't seem like the fan is working any harder than it would if I had it hanging by a pole.
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In that case, why not put a hole in the ceiling, and run ductwork both ways from the center, so you've got a down-vent in the middle, and an up-vent on either side, about 4' away?
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