Importance Of Installing A Ceiling Fan For Homeowners
Just like a simple ceiling fan placed at a certain part of your home. Obviously, you had it installed to provide convenience, to reduce the heat on your place while at the same time adding aesthetic value to your home You can never underestimate the importance of being self-empowered by the fact that you played a role in setting up your ceiling fan at home.
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The popularity of ceiling fans continues to grow as more and more homeowners discover dramatic, year-round energy savings. In summer, ceiling fans create cooling breezes, which reduce the strain on air conditioners. In winter, they circulate heated air to keep the room warm.
Installing a ceiling fan is relatively simple, especially if the space above is accessible from an attic. However, even when it isn’t, the job is still quite doable. Here, we’ll show how to replace an old light fixture with a new ceiling fan and light, in a room with no attic above. The advantage of this approach is that you don’t have to run new wiring. The fan connects to the existing cable from the old light.
Just remember, electrical boxes used for ceiling lights aren’t strong enough to hold a ceiling fan. You must replace the existing electrical box with one designed for ceiling fans.
There are few fixtures that can impact the look and livability of a room as much as a ceiling fan. It can keep you cool on sultry summer days, push warm air down into the room during winter, and even serve as the room’s primary illumination if you add a light. The best news: Replacing an existing light fixture with a fan is a simple, one-day task since the wiring is already in place.
However—and this is very important—you can’t just hang the fan from the existing electrical box. It’s simply not strong enough to support the added weight and vibration of a fan. Presuming you don’t have access to the ceiling fan from above, you must either use a specially rated hanger and box to mount the fan between joists or, better yet, screw a fan-rated “pancake” box (so called because it’s very thin) directly to a ceiling joist.
Steps: Installing a Ceiling Fan
- Turn off the power to the light you’re replacing (if applicable) at the circuit breaker or fuse panel. Once this is done, only then should you remove the light fixture. This can be tested by flipping wall switches or using a circuit tester on the actual light fixture. If there is a pre-existing fixture, remove it and disconnect the wiring. A fan presents a dynamic physical load that is usually much heavier than typical ceiling fixtures that present a static load. Because of these two qualities, if a fan rated box is not already present, the old box will need to be replaced with one that is.
- If there is no central light fixture, determine the center of the room, using one of the below techniques. Fasten the new fan rated junction box directly to the nearest joist.
- Snap diagonal chalk lines from opposite corners of the room. The lines will cross in the exact center of the room. (Much easier.)
- Use a tape measure to measure the walls, and find the halfway points. (If you really can’t get hold of a chalk line.) Read more.
Importance Of Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan improves cooling in summer and heating in winter. The result: You feel more comfortable while you save on utility bills. And installing them yourself is much easier, thanks to new, strong hanging systems and electronic controls. We show you how to avoid common pitfalls when installing one yourself. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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