So what is a Harbor Breeze Hugger Fan? well, a hugger fan basically “hugs” to the ceiling. There is no downrod required with a hugger fan. This comes with a number of advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss more in-depth below. When you may use a Hugger fan is when you have a low ceiling. When having a low ceiling, not using a downrod means the fan can flush mount directly to the ceiling, providing more useable height in the room. The other challenge with having a low ceiling and a fan mounted with a downrod is the fan is not able to do it’s job as there is an optimal height at which a fan should be mounted. Finally, if the ceiling is very low, a regularly mounted fan with a downrod could be potentially unsafe as people could walk into it or be injured.
One of the advantages to not having a downrod is less friction. The fan is mounted directly to the ceiling, so there is less noise and vibration. The old disadvantage to a hugger fan is it’s more difficult to access the top of the fan. So when you want to clean the fan with a duster or other, it could be a little more difficult to access the top of the fan. There will also be more times when you need to completely pull the fan down, should you be required to perform maintenance long term. However, if you’re not planning to do your own maintenance, then this won’t be a concern for you.
Should everything go well, you shouldn’t need to do any maintenance to your fan for many years. It’s still a good practice to clean the fan every now and again to avoid dust and dirt buildup, so cleaning the top with a duster once a year or twice a year is a good practice.