How to Install a Ceiling Fan – The Easy Way

When you have an easy to install ceiling fan , it can make a big difference in the climate of your home in both winter and summer. Your first step in installing a new ceiling fan is deciding where you want the fan located. The usual place to install one is in the middle of the room where it typically replaces a central light fixture. The center of the room will provide a smooth air flow to the rest of the room.

A fan uses about the same power as a light ceiling fixture, so your electrical circuit should not get overloaded. If your fan has lights as well, you should ensure that the circuit can handle the load. If it can not, you will have to run a new circuit with a new circuit breaker. If you do not have a central ceiling fixture, you will have to create one by bringing electrical power to it. You can easily tap into an existing circuit for this.

You should then check the floor to ceiling height of the blades. Measure the floor to ceiling distance and subtract for the part of the fan that will hang below the ceiling to the lower blade surface. The minimum height recommended is 7 feet.

If you find that the floor to ceiling distance is to small, check into a low ceiling mount for the fan. With certain fan models, you can increase the fan blade height by as much as ten inches. You will need at least twelve inches between your ceiling and the top of the fan blades to ensure proper airflow. If you have the space, eighteen inches works best.

Before you begin to install your new ceiling fan, it is of utmost importance that you turn off the power. You can not begin work until the power to the light fixture's circuit breaker or fuse is off. It is only then that you should remove the light fixture. Be sure you read all of the installation instructions and the electrical safety tips before beginning as well. This can mean the difference between a smooth and simple installation, and an installation that involves a trip to your local emergency room.