Are you ready to cool off during the hot summer? Installing a ceiling fan will help keep your room cooler during the hot months and warmer during the cooler months. The great news is that installing a ceiling fan is not difficult. The easiest way to get your ceiling fan installed is to use an existing ceiling light fixture for the place to hang the fan. Since many ceiling fans are designed with light fixtures, this will make things extra easy without losing the light for your room. Once the fan is up, either working with your air conditioning or on its own with the window open, you will enjoy the nice breeze your fan creates.
To make sure you buy the right size fan for the intended room, consider the following guidelines:
Before you get ahead of yourself, gather all the tools needed. For example, you need a drill, hammer, wire stripper, keyhole saw, screwdriver, pliers, wrench, and of course, the fan and required hardware, usually included with the fan. The first thing you need to do is turn off the electricity to that room. If you are not sure which breaker to use, then flip the master breaker to the whole house. Take down the old light fixture. Next, you need to attach the stove bolts to the adapter plate using the locknuts. Test the fixture box to ensure it can hold the weight of the fan. If for some reason it does not hold, a metal brace will need to be installed between the joists. In most cases, the canopy of the fan will cover any holes that are drilled into the ceiling.
- If the largest dimension in the room is 12 inches or less, you need a 36-inch fan
- If the largest dimension in the room is 12 to 16 inches, purchase a 48-inch fan
- For rooms that measure 16 to 18 inches in diameter, then a 52-inch fan would be the best option.
- If the room is any larger than 18 inches, you should consider hanging two 36 or 48-inch fans for the best benefit
Now you want to put the u-bolt over the brace bar as well as through the bottom of a 1 �-inch drop fixture box and adapter plate. When that is finished, to receive the cable, remove a knockout. Making sure the face of the box is flush with the ceiling, position the box in the ceiling cutout. The bars are then twisted to extend the braces and then tightened until secure.
Next, you need to thread the circuit wires from the old light fixtures through the hold in the mounting plate. Now attach the plate to the bolts and secure the plate with the locknuts. Attach the wires while the fan motor is being supported. Remember that black wires go to black, white wires to white, and bare to green. Finally, the fan motor is secured. After the canopy is installed to cover the ceiling holes, the fan blades are assembled. Turn the electricity back on and enjoy your new ceiling fan.