Ceiling Fans

Using your ceiling fan

Ceiling fans have the capability of creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere all year long. By circulating fresh air, the space is kept at a desired temperature in both cold and warm seasons.

There are many different sizes, colors and designs available in ceiling fans that can complement any decor, but there are some factors that can be taken into consideration when purchasing a ceiling fan.

The first thing a person should consider is the size of the room. A large fan that is placed in a small space will give off an awkward appearance, while a small fan placed in a large area will not provide desired results for properly circulating the air. It is recommended that there be at least 8 feet of clearance from the floor to the blades of the ceiling fan. For most residential homes, the clearance is only 6 to 7 feet. This means that a ceiling fan that mounts flush with the ceiling should be installed in the room or living space.

Homeowners should also take into account how often they will utilize the fan for comfort. When living in hotter climates or when planning to use the ceiling fan to make the home more efficient, it is recommended that a fan with a more powerful motor be installed.

When purchasing an outdoor ceiling fan, or one for areas that are humid and damp, consider selecting a waterproof model. The models are designed with shields that prevent the moisture from damaging the motor of the unit.

Ceiling fan installation

Although it is generally unwise for homeowners to tinker with home electrical systems, installing a ceiling fan in place of an existing ceiling light fixture is one electrical job a competent do-it-yourselfer can reasonably tackle.

Click below for step-by-step instructions.


Common ceiling fan problems

Over time, homeowners may notice their ceiling fan doesn’t operate as efficiently as it did when it was first installed. The most common problem is wobbling. This is an issue that must be addressed as soon as it’s noticed, as a wobbling fan can lead to serious damage and injuries.

In most situations, the problem is caused by the blades. These blades can be off pitch, out of weight or warped. Here are some troubleshooting solutions that may help.

Off pitch blades: Using a measuring stick, measure the distance from the ceiling to one side of the blade. Do this for all blades of the fan. The measurements should be the same for each blade. If there is a blade that is off pitch, try to bend the blade until the correct distance is established. Be careful bending the blades, as they can break, especially for older model ceiling fans.

Out of weight blades: To determine the weight of the blades, each must be removed and weighed separately. If the weight of a blade is off, adhesive weights will need to be applied until desired weight is achieved. Adhesive weights can be purchased at a hardware or home improvement store.

Warped blades: Warping can occur over time. To check for this problem, begin by ensuring all screws in the ceiling fan are tight and properly secured in place. The connection in the down rod and body of the fan should be checked as well.

How to clean a ceiling fan

As with most hard to reach fixtures, ceiling fans have a tendency to collect a large amount of dust that can go unnoticed for an extended length of time.

When the ceiling fan is in use, dust can be spread around the home causing homeowners to suffer from allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments. The dust can also prevent the home from looking and feeling as fresh as desired.

Before cleaning your ceiling fan, make sure it is turned off and the blades are not in motion.

For hard to reach ceiling fans, use a stepladder for easier access to the blades. For heavy grease and grime, use a damp paper towel to slowly and carefully wipe off the dirt and dust.

Make sure any excessive water is rung out of the paper towel, as this can cause water damage to the blades and motor of the fan. Use a dry paper towel to wipe off any remaining dust that is left.

Use a dry cloth to clean pull-chains and accessories. A feather duster or microfiber cloth should be used on the motor housing and electrical features to ensure they're not damaged.

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