Learning how to install a ceiling fan can lower your electricity bill, add a decorative touch to any room, and provide additional overhead lighting.
For every degree you can raise your thermostat in the summertime, your energy bill goes down accordingly, seven to 10 percent! Using ceiling fans as an adjunct to your air conditioning system and cooling the skin the old fashioned way means money in the bank, literally.
Conversely, in the winter, when temperatures dip, reverse the direction of the blades to push warm air that has risen to the ceiling down to where it is felt where people are in the room.
It is advisable to mount a ceiling fan in the center of a room to distribute airflow equally. If no light fixture exists, you will need to bring electrical power to the location by tapping into an existing circuit.
By determining the center of the room with perpendicularly placed chalk lines, locate the center ceiling joists and install the fans junction box between them. If necessary, you may need to install a 2 x 4 brace between the joists on which to attach the junction box, patching the area later.
Assemble the fan according to the manufacturers instructions and attach to the junction box. If you do not have the electrical expertise to do this, contract an electrician.
A ceiling fan with light attached can brighten a room in style, so consider purchasing this type especially for rooms that do not get enough light from windows or table lamps. Most models have from three to five fixtures in a wide array of styles and sizes.
Many homeowners look to the Hunter company for the best ceiling fan on the market For more than 100 years, Hunter has produced fans, even before the wide use of electricity, when their fans were driven by water pressure. There are, however, many ceiling fan manufacturers today with excellent reputations.
Among them are Hampton Bay, Westinghouse, Casablanca, Emerson, and many more. Of course, only you can make an informed decision through online research, friends, relatives, and your own good judgment in finding a fan that offers the best features at a fair price.
Ceiling fans are certainly one of the best investments you can make toward helping lower your energy costs. Just make sure they are a quality brand, installed correctly, and most importantly, that you use them!