Ceiling fans provide year-round benefits in Columbus
Ceiling fan installers
Jim Merritt, president
Competent Electrical Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 535, Westerville, Ohio
John Cathell, owner
JWC Electrical Services
5861 Carter's Corner Road, Sunbury, Ohio
How can the same fan help both in the summer and winter?
Merritt: In the summer, when used with A/C, fans eliminate hot spots. In the winter, when used with a furnace, they can push warmer air down.
Havice: Fans help with energy savings, cutting the cost of heating or cooling your house.
Cathell: During winter heating, to help move warm air that is trapped on the ceiling, blades should turn "forward" in a clockwise motion (this will appear clockwise if you’re looking up at the fan), according to John Cathell of JWC Electrical Services LLC. This movement will push up the air and pull the warm trapped air down the sides of the room. During hot summer weather, blades should rotate in a "reverse" motion (this will appear counter-clockwise if you’re looking up at the fan).
In which rooms should ceiling fans be installed?
Merritt: In general, a 10-by-10 bedroom requires a 42-inch fan and a 15-by-15 living room requires a 48-inch fan.
Havice: We install more 52-inch ceiling fans in bedrooms than anywhere else, especially during home remodeling jobs.
Cathell: Bedrooms and great rooms usually have ceiling fans. Their packaging will list what square footage a fan works best in.
How high does my ceiling need to be to have a fan installed?
Merritt: At least 8 feet. When installing fans from a tall ceiling, a longer down rod should be used to make sure the fan is about 12 feet above the floor.
Havice: There needs to be space between you and the fan, so we recommend installing a "ceiling hugger" fan at 8-feet high.
Cathell: The bottom of your fan blades should never be lower than 7 feet high for safety reasons. For a vaulted ceiling, blades should be no lower than 9 or 10 feet high.
What are some new or interesting fan trends?
Merritt: Some fans have heaters built into them for rooms that are generally cooler than the rest of the house, such as a covered porch.
Havice: If you take a light fixture down and install a paddle fan, using a remote control will allow you to run both off the same wiring.
Cathell: Fans with wireless remote switches only require power to the fan motor, and we can add a master switch for them, too.
What safety factors should I keep in mind when installing a fan myself?
Merritt: A fan must be installed using a fan-rated box to keep it from wiggling loose. It shouldn't make any significant noise, which is what happens if it's unbalanced.
Havice: Make sure you buy a code-approved metal paddle fan electrical box for your ceiling to support the weight and vibrations of the fan — up to 100 pounds.
Cathell: Electrical fan ceiling brackets should hold a minimum of 50 pounds. Make sure you used the proper electrical wiring, which is where hiring a professional comes in.