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How to Install a Ceiling Fan

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How to Install a Ceiling Fan

As a home owner you are aware of the high energy bills that you are forced to pay. Heating and cooling your home contribute to a high percentage of your energy bill. However, the thought of spending time in a cold or hot home is not pleasant and makes you resigned or connected to a consistently high energy bill. One way of reducing your energy bills without reducing the comfort level of your home is to install ceiling fans in frequently used rooms. This is a spectacular way to cut your heating and cooling costs without sacrificing the comforts you enjoy so much and have been accustomed too.

  1. The Environmental Protection Agency says that ceiling fans can reduce or eliminate the need for air conditioning.

    1.Power Savings

    The Environmental Protection Agency says that ceiling fans are a fabulous alternative to air conditioning and can reduce or eliminate the need for air conditioning. Ceiling fans cool a person using the wind chill factor instead of modifying the temperature or humidity of the air in the room. As such they consume less energy than an air conditioner.


    Those who are handy with appliances and have a basic knowledge of electrical appliances can easily install a ceiling fan on their own. However, it is best to take proper precautions before you begin installation to avoid a short circuit or fire.

  2. 2.Safety First

    Before you begin installation shut off the power to the existing light fixture you are replacing with a fan. It is not enough to just switch off the light; you need to shut off the power break to the fixture.

  3. 3.Inventory

    Next take an inventory of all the parts and tools you will need to complete the installation. You will need appropriate tools to remove the existing fixture, an electrical box that can hold the weight of the ceiling fan, tools to fix the fan and electrical box in place, and someone to hold the fan in place when you are attaching it to the ceiling.

  4. 4.Old Fixture

    Now remove the old fixture carefully making sure that you disconnect all the wires.

  6. 5.Attach the Wires of the Fan

    Next you need to attach the wires of the fan to the wires you disconnected. Just connect wires of the same color to each other ensuring that they do not touch each other. In case there are extra wires, you need to call a reputed electrician who knows this field like you know yours. This is because there is a possibility that the wiring in your home is old and no longer matches the regulations. This is a potential hazard and should be addressed immediately.

  7. 6.Place Wiring in Electrical Box

    Once all the connections have been made you need to place the wires in the electrical box and fix it firmly to the ceiling.

  8. 7.Attach Bracket and Fan

    Once the electrical box is fixed you can attach the bracket to the box. Next you need to fix the motor to the bracket making sure that it turns smoothly. Cover the motor and switch on the power to see if it turns smoothly, noiselessly, and without any wobbling. Again switch off the power before you attach the blades tightly to the motor. Once again switch on the power and check the fan for any noise or wobbling.


    Often minor wobbling and noise can be corrected by the tightening or adjusting of the screws. However, if you are unable to fix the problem, notify a reliable electrical contractor to ensure the safety of your family and guests. Do not act like the project is complete until it actually is.

  9. 8.Effective Way to Reduce Energy Bills

    Installing a ceiling fan is an effective way to reduce your energy bills. Moreover, ceiling fans are relatively inexpensive and can be installed by the home owner. However, as with other electrical appliances, ceiling fans have to be installed with care to ensure the safety of the family, anyone in the home, and also any pets that you may own. Those living in homes where the wiring is old should consider calling up an electrical contractor to ensure that there is no chance of a short circuit or fire. To maximize savings when using a ceiling fan, remember to turn it off when you leave a room. This will further reduce your energy bills without reducing the comfort levels in your home & life.

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