By January 10, 2014

5 Tips For Properly Installing A Ceiling Fan

ceiling fan installation

A ceiling fan helps you to cool off during the warm weathers by creating cooling breezes. In winter, ceiling fans circulate heated air to keep your room warm. They can also help keep the indoor air free of any odor, smoke and other offensive airborne substances. Many people now have ceiling fans in their home, and they are not difficult to install. However, installing a ceiling fan requires attention to details, and you must follow some simple rules in order to accomplish this. Here are some tips on how to properly install a ceiling fan.

1. Ensure Stability

A ceiling fan is typically installed onto a ceiling joist to achieve maximum stability. Sometimes people like to put the fan somewhere without a joist, and if this is what you would like to do then get a mounting kit that allows you to place a bracket between two separate joists. Always use the provided installation kit when installing a ceiling fan, and be sure to follow the instructions as provided. Once a ceiling fan starts rotating, it could cause serious damage and injury if it’s not mounted properly.

2. Take Safety Precautions

Make sure electricity to circuit is turned off. After turning the breaker off and you have verified that the current is off, it’s time to start working. Review manufacturer’s instructions on ceiling fan installation procedures. Every manufacturer is different so it’s important to follow their specific instructions. If you are installing a light below the fan, you need to ensure that the two parts are designed to work together.

3. Connect Wires Correctly

Performing the electrical work for a ceiling fan installation can seem easy, but this is not a job for an amateur or inefficient person. Everything looks easy when diagrams or instructions are outlined on paper, but doing the actual work takes a great deal of knowledge of electrical wiring. If you do not have a good understanding of electrical wiring and how to work with electricity, you need to get a qualified professional to do the work.

4. Ensure Proper Balance

Ceiling Fan Balance

Ceiling fans come already balanced, meaning that once you installed and turned on, the fan should work without any hassle. However, sometimes things don’t go as expected and one of the blades may be warped. Sometimes a ceiling fan may wobbly when it spins. Warped blades should be replaced in order to ensure balance. If the replacement blades do not resolve the wobbling problem, you need to use a ceiling fan balancing kit to straighten out the fan.

5. Considerations

Ceiling fans continue to gain increased popularity as more and more people discover dramatic, year-round energy savings. Having a ceiling fan is a great way to save on your energy costs while staying comfortable, and you need to ensure that it is installed correctly. Make sure that you take safety measures; otherwise you risk causing damage to your property or even injuring yourself or other people in your home. You should turn the circuit breaker off, and make sure that the electricity to the fixture is off. If you are not properly skilled in working with electrical devices or wiring, it is advisable to get a professional to do the work for you.

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