Homeowner’s often buy a ceiling fan for its decorative function, rather than the comfort it can provide. A ceiling fan can easily provide both comfort and function, enabling you to feel more comfortable and save energy year round. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services that you require, including ceiling fan installation.
How it Works
On the side or bottom of the fan motor you will find a small switch that changes the direction the blades turn. For summer use, the blades should turn counter-clockwise, providing a breeze that is directed downward where it cools you. The faster the fan blades turn, the cooler you will feel. As with any other fan, the cooling effect does not actually change the temperature of the air, it simply causes you to feel cooler.
It is a known fact that hot air rises. During the winter, the blades should turn clockwise, where the blades will pull the warm air at the ceiling down to mix with the cooler air surrounding you. A ceiling fan provides a more uniform temperature, ensuring you receive the benefit of the heat you are paying for. In addition, you can lower the thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. This saves energy, and for every degree you reduce the thermostat, you save approximately 1% on the cost of energy.
Ceiling Fan Installation
Due to their heavy weight, ceiling fans require a special UL rated electrical box designed for mounting heavy ceiling fans. A standard electrical box used for lighting is not designed to hold the weight of a fan, and if used will pose the danger of falling. The ceiling fan and its approved box are securely mounted to a ceiling joist. If a joist is not located in the area where the fan is to be mounted, a bracket is available that mounts between two ceiling joists, with the fan then mounted to the bracket. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide a reliable installation for you.
Ceiling fans are available in a range of sizes, up to 84 inches wide. Select the largest fan that can be installed, for the greatest effectiveness. However, a minimum of 18 inches of clearance is required on all sides of the fan. This is to ensure it will not strike walls, cabinets or any other object. In addition, selecting a fan with a large blade pitch will move more air, increasing your comfort.
General guidelines for ceiling fan installation include the following:
- In an average sized square room, the ceiling fan should be mounted in the center of the room. However, large or rectangular rooms may need two or more fans depending on the room size. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the assistance you require. When choosing a light kit, ensure there is headroom for taller persons. A flush mount ceiling fan may provide a solution, especially with ceilings less than 8 feet in height.
- There should be a minimum of 8-10 inches between the ceiling and the fan. While you are shopping for a fan, choose one with a large blade pitch to maximize air movement and increase your comfort. When you contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for installation, we can take care of all the details for you.
Ceiling Fan Repair
Quality ceiling fans seldom have problems. Issues which may occur include fan wobble, a faulty pull chain switch, and loose connections in the light kit. The installation of a dimmer switch can prevent the wear and tear on a pull chain switch. Our electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide dimmer the ceiling fan repair that you need.
Ceiling fan wobble is frequently due to one or more of the blades being loose or out of alignment. Other causes may include warped blades, bent blade irons, mismatched blades, improper installation, and other causes. Two dangerous conditions that may cause fan wobble is first, the use of a standard electrical box, rather than one rated for a ceiling fan. Next, a fan that is improperly attached to the ceiling joist can wobble. Contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for a professional installation you can rely on.
Ceiling fan maintenance is fairly simple, consisting of keeping it dusted, the globes clean and ensuring blade screws are tight.
You will find a wide range of styles and finishes that will complement your home’s decor. Choosing LED light bulbs can reduce your energy use significantly, and will not create the heat that incandescent bulbs can. Ceiling fans can be installed in almost any room, and outdoors on covered patios and porches as well. Our electricians in Huntsville, AL will provide the installation you require.
Contact Mister Sparky to schedule the installation of a ceiling fan, or other electrical services. Our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL offer the expertise to provide electrical services that meet and/or exceed the industry standard. Mister Sparky serves 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.