Ceiling fans are becoming the new standard instead of the old globe lighting fixtures available in every room of every home. Fans offer an advantage of cutting energy costs by circulating air in the room and reducing the workload of your heating and air conditioning unit. Although you may choose a particular ceiling fan according to your budget and design preferences, it needs to be properly installed in order to assure it functions as it is supposed to and is a safe device to have in your home.
The installation of a fan can be done cheaply by any handyman or your cousin’s friend, but in order to do the work properly and know there won’t be any trouble in the future from the fan, it should be installed by a licensed electrical contractor. Not only will you know the fan itself is appropriately attached structurally to your ceiling joists, but you know the wiring is safe and permitted so as to not cause a fire hazard.
Ceiling fans require structural support to hold their weight. Typically, such support is available from an existing light fixture box already attached to framed ceiling stud. Fans use a safety hook to suspend them in place while being wired, which also serves as a redundant safety measure should the final bolts that hold it in place fail at some point in the future.
Up or Down Wind Flow
Every modern ceiling fan has a switch on the base which controls the direction the fan turns, and therefore, the direction the fan blows air. In the summer, you want the fan to blow directly downward to provide a felt cooling breeze. In the winter, the fan is usually set to blow upward even if this seems counter-intuitive. Your ceiling is insulated, so the heat won’t be blown out. Instead, it will disperse along the ceiling and be forced back down with the airflow along the walls. This will eliminate the warm and cool spots in the room based on the location of your heating vents.
When a licensed professional from Harrison Electric installs your new ceiling fan, you know it’s done right the first time. You’ll have no worries about potential electric problems or how well the fan is going to work several years from now and the contractor may have design advice toward choosing a fan. Hiring a professional is going to be in your best interest to complete the project.
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