Did you know a ceiling fan can assist you to stay warmer in the winter? Located on the side of the fan motor is a little switch that changes the direction the blades will turn. For winter use, the blades should rotate clockwise. Heat rises, and the ceiling fan will push the warm air collecting at the ceiling back down to warm you, rather than the ceiling. This tip can save you as much as 15% on your heating costs, while significantly increasing your comfort. Furthermore, installation can potentially enable you to lower the thermostat. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL offer more than just electric repair service, we offer electrical installation for residential and commercial applications.
Ceiling Fan Repair
A common source of trouble with a ceiling fan is the switch. The little switch operates the pull chains for lights and the fan. Without a wall control and dimmer, the switch will become worn and eventually fail. Our electricians can provide electric repair service, or the ceiling fan installation you need.
Improper Installation is Dangerous
Ceiling fans are often heavy, and require proper anchoring into the ceiling joists. Never attach a ceiling fan to the light fixture box, unless it is rated for a ceiling fan and properly attached to the joists. Without proper attachment, the weight of the fan can pull it down, causing potential injury to person underneath it. Contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL to schedule a ceiling fan installation. You can rely on the quality of our electricians for both installation and the electric repair service you require. Mister Sparky licensed professional electricians adhere and.or exceed the industry standards, ensuring your safety, and enhancing your comfort.
Ceiling Fan Maintenance
Dust creates friction in moving parts, which can result in wear with the need for electric repair service. A routine cleaning will assist in preventing wear. if not routinely cleaned. This is especially true of the fan motor, which requires ventilation for cooling the fan. Over time, the ventilation holes will clog with lint and dirt without cleaning. Dusting off the ceiling fan once a week will prevent the accumulation of dust and lint which can cause the motor to overheat. Vacuuming is also an effective means of removing lint and dust.
In addition, the light globes can be washed in soapy water. Dry them before replacing, and ensure the screws which hold the globe in are tightened equally, without over tightening. Finally, periodically inspect the screws which fasten the fan blades to the motor, The vibration of the fan can loosen any screws over time.
Sizing a Fan
For the best effect, select the largest fan that can be installed in the room. However, maintain at least 18 inches between the fan blades and other objects, such as walls. Our electricians can assist you in ensuring the proper size fan, and provide a reliable installation.
Selecting a Fan
Ceiling fans are best in rooms with ceilings 8 feet high or higher. Fans installed on lower ceilings present a safety hazard. However, lower ceilings may be a candidate for a flush mount ceiling fan, and remember to consider the addition of a light kit when considering the height and safety.
While the distance between the ceiling and the fan can be customized, there should be at least 8-10 inches minimum. Finally, select a fan with a larger blade pitch for the maximum air movement.
Contact Mister Sparky to schedule the installation of a ceiling fan, or other electric repair service for your home or business. Our electricians serve the North Alabama regions of Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, New Market, and the surrounding areas. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.