Should You Install a Ceiling Fan?

Deciding whether to install a ceiling fan is a question homeowners must answer on their own, but ceiling fans offer many benefits, some of which are rarely thought of and often overlooked.

install-ceiling-fanTake these considerations under advisement when shopping for light fixtures and ceiling fans and preparing the area for install.

Energy Savings

A circulating ceiling fan increases environmental comfort in both summer and winter. In the hotter months, ceiling fans do not lower the actual temperature of the room, but providing a constant breeze keeps people from requiring the same output from their air conditioner. You can save between 3 and 8 percent on cooling costs for every degree you raise your air conditioning above 78 degrees.

It is no secret that hot air rises. In the winter, keeping the ceiling fan cycling on low pushes the warmer air back into the lower living spaces, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat a home. In today’s energy-conscious marketplace, Energy Star has certified energy-efficient ceiling fans that offer 30-year motor warranties and provide 50 percent more efficiency than traditional ceiling fans.

Style and Versatility

Ceiling fans do not require you to sacrifice in your decorating scheme. A myriad of styles and designs are available at many home improvement stores. In addition, ceiling fans don’t all have light fixtures that require low-watt bulbs. Some do, so if a bright room is a priority for you, be sure to select one with multiple, high-watt bulb inputs.

Installation Process

Since installing ceiling fans requires electrical wiring experience, it may be wise to consider employing a professional to complete the project safely and efficiently. However, if you take on the task on your own, the following considerations can help with a smooth install.

When replacing an existing light fixture with a fan, the electrical box must be replaced as well, since regular light fixture metal boxes will not be able to support a fan’s weight. Additionally, installing a brace may be necessary to provide the additional support needed for a heavy product.

Before beginning any electrical work, it is important to always turn electricity off at the main to avoid electric shock. Also, if new wires must be run to service the fan, a professional electrician will contact the local building office to find out if a permit is required.

The farther the blades are from the ceiling, the more effective the fan will be, since additional space allows the fan to draw and circulate more air. However, fan blades are normally required to be at least seven feet from the floor for safety reasons. Measure and verify ceiling height and fixture requirements before purchasing a product. Also, if purchasing a ceiling fan for a screened porch or other area partially exposed to the elements, buy a product rated for install in a wet environment.

Contact Stanger Electric when you need professional assistance to install a ceiling fan for the first time or to replace an outdated product.