Ceiling fans can be used the whole year round. Ceiling fans are not just for cooling down a space during the summer. If you run a ceiling fan in reverse in a room with a heater or fireplace you can keep the warm air distributed evenly throughout the entire room.
Before trying to install a ceiling fan, make sure that you have purchased the correct size ceiling fan for your room. To figure out what size you need, measure the largest dimension of the room where you will be putting the ceiling fan. If the largest room dimension is less than 12 feet, use a 36-inch-diameter fan. From 12 to 15 feet, a 42-inch size ceiling fan is best, and from 15 to 18 feet, select a 52-inch size ceiling fan. For very large or long narrow rooms it’s best to use two smaller ceiling fans.
Putting up a ceiling fan is not hard. Most new ceiling fans already have an installation hanging hook built into the ceiling mounting. If you have an existing light fixture in the ceiling, this should cut the work in half. Turn off the total electric power to the light, not just the light switch. If not, someone could walk into the room and switch on the light on accident as a matter of habit.
Remove the existing light fixture and you will find a junction box behind it. If it is a metal box, go up into your attic and brace it with 2x4's between ceiling joists. If it is a plastic junction box, it’s best to replace it with a stronger metal one. The fan canopy will cover and hide the box. Attach the fan mounting bracket to the junction box with the screws provided in your ceiling fan assembly kit.
For the wiring of the ceiling fan, the color of the fan wires will match the colors of the wires that were connected to the light. Generally, black is the hot side, white is neutral and green is a ground wire. For safety, don't forget to connect the ground wire.
Next, lift the ceiling fan up and off of the hanging hook and slip it up over the mounting bracket. Rotate it so that the mounting screws are locked in the fan slots. Tighten the mounting screws. Attach the blades and you are done installing your ceiling fan.
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