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Ceiling Fan Set Up
Setting up a ceiling fan does not have to be hard and with many of the ceiling fans on the market today, the process is quite easy. Choosing an easy-to-install ceiling fan makes the process so much easier and within a short time, you will be enjoying the cool breeze that a ceiling fan creates as well as a savings on your energy bill.

The first step is to determine the spot in the room where the ceiling fan will be installed. Typically, a ceiling fan would be installed in the center of the room. If there is an existing light fixture, the fan could simply be hung in the same location. By placing the fan in the center of the room, airflow is better, covering equally throughout the room.

It is important to remember that the power used by the ceiling fan is about the same as a light fixture. Therefore, there should be no problem with overloading the electrical circuit. However, if you are buying a ceiling fan with a light fixture, be sure to check the circuit to make sure it can accommodate both. If there were any problems with the load, you would need to have a new circuit run to a new circuit breaker that runs off the main service panel. If the room where you want to hang the ceiling fan does not have a central light where the fan would be placed, a place will need to be created. In this case, you might need to have an electrician run the wiring for you.

Before you even buy a fan, based on where it will be placed you need to make sure you purchase the appropriate blade size. To measure the floor-to-ceiling height of the blades, measure the floor-to-ceiling distance and then subtract the section of the fan that would be hung below the ceiling, going to the lowest blade. The recommended minimum height is seven-foot.

Before you do anything, turnthe power off to avoid being electrocuted. This must be done at the circuit breaker and not just the light switch. Remove the old light fixture and then before you start, read all of the safety tips for your new ceiling fan. If the old light fixture was in the center of the room, then you can just use that same hole. However, if not, you will need to measure from all four walls to find the exact center where the fan will be hung.

The hole will need to be large enough for the junction box to fit. Remember to use only a junction box made from metal never plastic. The size of the box will vary depending on the size, style, and brand of ceiling fan but the standard is a three or four-inch octagonal size box. Another important key is that you should never hang a fan heavier than 35 pounds from a junction box.

Next, attach the blades. To do this, you will need to set the motor down so it is secure and stable. The screws that go through the holes in the blades and into the flanges will need to be tightened. The hanger bracket will be installed with the screws and washers, which helps eliminate fan vibration. The next step is to wire the unit, making sure you connect the black house wires to the black fan wires and the white house wires to the white fan wires.

If you like, you can install molding around the hung ceiling fan to give it a nice, clean look. If the fan has any wobble to it, you can adjust the blades. Once the fan is in place, you will never want to live a day without it. If you purchased a fan with reverse direction, in the wintertime, the blades will work backwards to push warm air down into the room, again creating comfort and saving electricity.

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