Are you the ultimate do-it-yourselfer who’s installed ceiling fan after ceiling fan? If you’ve got fan installation down pat you may be surprised to know that there are a ton of tricks to the trade that make the process even more simple than you’ve previously thought. The following is not an exact step-by-step guide; it should give you a couple of hints to make the process easier for you!
When you buy your electric fan, remember that they’re not all created equally. In addition to price and style, there are other factors to consider when you buy. Here’s a brief list of those things.
The motor is a biggie. The cheaper fans will usually have a thin outer covering, which means that there’s more likelihood of a rattle when it’s running. Other noises that may factor into this are buzzing and humming. If the fan is installed in your bedroom this might be something that ends up driving you crazy with sleepless nights.
You want to ensure that the blades are at the optimum pitch for operation. This is to ensure that the air is moved effectively. The perfect pitch is 14 degrees. You’ll want to be sure that the blade is also balanced so that you don’t end up with a wobble in the fan.
Many fans come with lighting built in. You’ll want to just be sure that the lighting is enough to fill the size of the room. Nothing can be more annoying than needing to add additional lighting after you’ve already installed your fan.
This then leads into the size of the room. Both fans and rooms vary in size obviously; therefore you want to find that perfect combination to ensure efficiency. It’s good to know that fans usually come in 7 different sizes, which range from thirty-two inches to fifty-six inches in blade length. You’ll want to know the measurements of your room when you go out to buy your fan.
Next comes the topic of mounting. To get the best results, your fan’s blades should be a minimum of 7 feet above the floor, and have a 12-inch clearance below your ceiling. If you have a lower ceiling, there are special low-ceiling mount fans available. For higher ceiling often a rod is used to lower the ceiling fan closer to the ground.
If you want the maximum benefit for both summer and winter seasons, buy a reversible fan which will keep you cool in the summer but will also push warm air down during the winter months so that you can stay comfortable throughout the entire year. You’ll definitely thank yourself for that savvy purchase.
If you’re installing your fan on your own, you may need to purchase tools if they’re not already on hand. At the minimum you’re going to need the fan kit itself, wire strippers, a screwdriver, pliers, circuit testers, and a ladder. Remember, safety is always first, and you’ll want to shut off all electric power to the home before starting as to avoid electric shock. If you don’t know how to safely work with electricity DO NOT assume that you’ll fine doing this on your own.