Homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to conserve energy and save money. One means of saving both, is with ceiling fan installation. The ceiling fan is viewed as useful in the summer, when in fact the ceiling fan can be effective in both seasons. This is the reason for a switch on the side of the fan motor casing. The switch changes the direction of the blades, for winter or summer use. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional ceiling fan installation you need.
How a Ceiling Fan Helps to Warm You
Almost everyone has heard the adage that heat rises, and it is true. Regardless to the type of heat, you are losing much of it in the area nearest the ceiling, and this is where ceiling fans are beneficial.
During the winter months, the blades on the ceiling fan should turn clockwise. The clockwise position will pull the warm air that has risen to the ceiling, downward mixing with the cooler air near the floor. The uniform temperature with its infusion of warmer air where you are means greater comfort, and you may be able to lower your thermostat a few degrees. Contact our electricians in Huntsville, AL for ceiling fan installation.
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Ceiling fans require proper anchoring to the rafters above your ceiling, and correct wiring into the electrical system. Do not attach ceiling fans to a light fixture box. The box is not designed to hold the weight of the fan, and is a serious safety hazard, unless properly installed into a ceiling fan electrical box. The best means of ensuring a proper ceiling fan installation is to contact Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL and schedule installation.
Ceiling Fan Installation
Ceiling fan safety, performance, and energy savings rely on proper installation and use. The following tips ensure your safety, and ceiling fan performance.
Choosing the Correct Box
Ensure that the correct UL-listed metal box is used. The proper box will be marked for use with ceiling fans. This outlet box mounts above the ceiling and attaches to the ceiling joists. The ceiling fan will attach to the box and proper installation is essential. When replacing a ceiling light fixture, most likely the electrical box is rated for lighting, and not a ceiling fan. In addition, the box will house the wiring for the ceiling fan. This step is an essential safety factor, and is why ceiling fan installation should be provided by licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Ceiling Fan Care
Dust can damage a ceiling fan’s moving parts through friction, if not routinely cleaned. This is especially true of the fan motor, which contains ventilation for cooling the fan. Over time, the vent holes will fill with lint and dirt if not routinely cleaned. Once a week running an extendible duster over the motor will help to ensure the holes are not blocked causing the motor to overheat. Vacuuming is also an effective means of removing lint and dust.
In addition, every 2-3 months remove the fan’s light globes and wash them in soapy water, ensure they are dry before replacing. Finally, due to movement of the fan, over time screws and bolts can loosen. Check these periodically.
Selecting the Right Size
Ceiling fans range from 24 to 84 inches wide. Select the largest fan that can be installed in the room, while maintaining at least 18 inches between the fan and walls, cabinets, doors or other objects that could strike the fan. A larger fan set on low speed will move more air than a modest sized fan at high speed. In general, select a 52 to 60 inch-diameter for a 250-300 square ft. room, and a 62-84 inch fan for rooms larger than 300 sq. ft. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can assist you in ensuring the proper size fan, and reliable installation.
Selecting the Right Fan
Rooms with ceilings 8 feet or higher are ideal for a ceiling fan. Lower ceiling fans present a safety risk, and require flush mount ceiling fans. Ensure you select a light kit that will not strike taller persons.
Considering the location of the fan will provide the greatest comfort. The fan should be mounted in the center of square rooms, while larger rectangular rooms may require two fans evenly spaced. The electrical supply to existing lights is not always conveniently located. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can ensure the proper location and wiring of a ceiling fan for your home.
The minimum distance between the fan blades and the ceiling should be 8-10 inches. Setting the fan lower will create a higher airflow if the ceiling height is adequate. In addition, choosing a fan with a larger blade pitch will provide the maximum air movement. When you use our electricians in Huntsville, AL, we can handle the details for you, while providing a reliable installation by our licensed electricians. You can count our expertise to ensure professional electrical services for your home or office.
Call our licensed electricians today to schedule installation of ceiling fans, electrical repair, or other electrical services in the North Alabama region. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL serve the North Alabama regions of Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, New Market, Toney, and the surrounding areas. We guarantee your satisfaction. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.