Not only does a ceiling fan add interest to a room’s design, but it is also very effective at minimizing utility costs for cooling a home in the summer and heating it in the winter. With a quick flip of a switch the fan can change from a cooling fan for summer use, to a circulating fan for winter use. One of the most popular rooms for a homeowner to install a ceiling fan is the bedroom, where it can be both decorative and functional.
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Ceiling fans used to be very utilitarian looking, and that has certainly changed in recent years. The fan’s that are available today are quite stylish, and they are available in a multitude of colors, materials, and styles. A ceiling fan can be as much of a design element in a room’s décor as it is a functioning part of the home. Depending on the style of the bedroom, a ceiling fan can even be added to a room as its focal point. However, if a homeowner would rather not have the fan be noticed, simply make it the same color as the ceiling and it will just blend into the background of the room.
Installing a ceiling fan is not difficult, though it is not as easy as hanging birds metal hangings or metal butterfly wall art; it does involve some basic electrical work. For an inexperienced homeowner or anyone not comfortable working with electrical components, this may be a good time to hire a handyman or electrician. Installing a ceiling fan is a quick and easy task; however, if the electricity in the house is not up to code, the simple task may turn into a full blown weekend project.
To install the fan always begin by turning off the power to the overhead light fixture where the fan will be installed. Read the instructions for installation that come with the fan to make sure that all of the necessary pieces and parts are at hand. Next, remove the light fixture that is in the ceiling now, taking care not to damage any of the wires as they are being pulled away from the light fixture. Then pull out the existing electrical box, and set the new one for the ceiling fan in its place. It is important to properly secure the new box to support the weight of the new ceiling fan.
Once the electrical box is installed in the ceiling, the homeowner can place a ceiling medallion around the opening, but make sure that it works with the ceiling fan’s motor if mounting the fan flush against the ceiling. However, if the fan is suspended from the ceiling, a ceiling medallion may work quite nicely and can be found at most home improvement stores. It is an easy, inexpensive way to hide any marks on the ceiling or errant cuts that occurred when installing the new electrical box. With the medallion in place, mount the ceiling fan plate to securely hold the fan in place.
Then put together the components of the fan carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. After the wire connections are made and the fan plate is securely installed, begin assembling the lights and the fan blades. Screw all of the components together. When everything is securely attached, it is time to turn the power back on to see if the installation process has been successful; flip the switch and wait for that first sign of life.
Now it is time to adjust the direction of the blades, which is typically clockwise in the winter and counter clockwise in the summer. In the winter the fan should pull the air up and distribute it to the ceiling forcing warm air from the ceiling back into the room. In the summer the fan pulls air down into the room creating a breeze that helps to cool the entire bedroom. A switch on the outside of the fan’s housing is used to change the direction of the blades.