Ceiling Fan Installation Basics

Ceiling fans are usually installed where ceiling lighting fixtures are in a home. The difference being that ceiling fans require electrical boxes rated to carry the weight of the fan and often special heavy-duty bracing in order to center the ceiling fan in the room. As for the wiring, these units can be wired from the exiting lighting circuit. It is likely you’ll find a switch leg wire and a neutral wire in the existing junction box. The switch leg is fed via a switch on your wall in a new installations, or when replacing a ceiling a ceiling fan there may be two switches. One switch controls the light and the other switch controls the fan. Putting up a ceiling fan is easy if you follow my article on how to install ceiling fans.

Located on the fan, two pull chains hang from the unit. One controls the light, usually the centermost chain. The other controls the fan speed and usually has a low, medium and high fan speed setting. Located on the side of the fan is a summer/winter switch that allows you to switch the fan’s rotation. To do this, be sure to turn the fan off first and have the blades at a complete stop before reversing the switch. If not, you may damage the fan.

For additional instructions, consult the manufacturer’s instructions provided with the ceiling fan. remember, a ceiling fan keeps living spaces warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer by circulating the air in the home. With a ceiling fan, it’s a breeze!

As for ceiling fans that often make noise after years of running in your home, there are some simple tips in my article eliminating ceiling fan noises that can save you money by fixing your existing fan, rather than replacing it.