Ceiling fans offer decorative functionality
Ceiling fans can provide multiple benefits in regards to comfort and energy costs. A subtle flow of air on a hot and humid summer day can make you feel more comfortable without turning up the AC. A ceiling fan provides winter benefits as well, by pushing warm arm near the ceiling down towards the floor. A decorative ceiling fan can also server a dual purpose by supporting lights. Ceiling fans are available in numerous designs and styles to provide added functionality with decorative flair.
Ceiling fan basics
Ceiling Fans are an economical way to improve your indoor air comfort while reducing energy costs. Here are some basic steps involved with selecting and installing ceiling fans.
Ceiling Fan size.
- Ceiling fan size may depend upon the room in which it will be installed
- For rooms that are 12 feet or less, a 36-inch ceiling fan is adequate.
- For rooms that are up to 15 feet, a 42-inch ceiling fan works well.
- For rooms that over 15 feet, a 52-inch ceiling fan will be a good choice.
Ceiling fan installation
A ceiling fan must be securely mounted to the ceiling to ensure safe operation. Existing ceiling light fixtures are commonly used to mount a ceiling fan and the wiring should already be installed and compliant with local and national electrical codes. If you are not comfortable installing a ceiling fan yourself, call a certified electrician such as Luminous Electric.
Ceiling fan installation checklist:
- Wear protective gear such as eye goggles and gloves.
- Turn off the power in your electrical control panel.
- Make sure the power is off by testing the wires.
- Be sure that no one turns the power on until you are finished.
- Mount the ceiling fan to a metal box, not plastic.
- Inquire if a permit is required.
- Have an electrical inspector check the installation.
- The ceiling fan blades must be at least 7 feet above the floor.
- Ceiling fan blade tips should be 24 inches from any obstruction.
- An outlet box that supports the fan weight and motor must be securely attached to the structure.
- Install the mounting bracket if applicable
- Install the download if applicable
- Perform electrical connections to the fan motor, and lights if applicable.
- Attach the ceiling fan blades
- Install the lights if applicable
Ceiling fans and Energy Star®
Ceiling fans with an ENERGY STAR® rating will circulate 20% more air and use 60% less energy than a than non-energy saving ceiling fans.
For ceiling fan installation, contact Luminous Electric.