There are two basic ways to hang ceiling fans:
1) The most common method is to hang a ceiling fan using a downrod attachment. A 2-6" downrod is included with your Hunter fan. You can purchase longer downrods separately for use with higher ceilings.
2) Low-profile or "Hugger" systems are typically used for ceilings around 8' high. The fan mounts directly to a mounting bracket attached to the ceiling structure without the use of a downrod. As a result, the ceiling fan blades hang closer to the ceiling.