Do you need a low-cost alternative to an air conditioner? Look no further than a ceiling fan; it provides the comfort you need in the summer as well as heating a room in the winter. A ceiling fan installation is a fun DIY project for the weekend, and it has numerous benefits such as low energy consumption compared to air conditioners. However, the ceiling fan does not regulate temperature in the room; it creates a cold or warm breeze for the occupants.
So, if you want a stylish and affordable solution to control temperatures; consider a ceiling fan. In fact, all you need is this five-step DIY installation guide.
First, measure the size of the protracted wall, it helps in determining the fan-size to use. For a wall that is less than 12 feet, a 36-inch fan is what you need. A 42-inch fan is ideal for a room that has a wall measuring 12 to 15 feet, and the 52-inch fan is for anything over 15 feet. This step is vital to the overall success of the project, so be sure to do it precisely.
Once you have the right fan, you can switch off the electricity for the lighting in the house. But if you are not sure about it, just turn it off the main switch then test the wires using a tester before proceeding. Now, remove the bulb holder to give room to your new fan; considering that you bought one that has a preinstalled bulb.
Ceiling fans weigh up to 50 pounds, and they move fast. Therefore, you need to make sure the fan is not weakly attached. So if you can access the attic, check how the ceiling is designed and perhaps add some support braces to provide a firm mounting position. Your safety depends on this step, therefore, review videos on how to build support for a ceiling fan.
Once you have built a sturdy place to mount your fan, take the mounting bracket and attach it to the ceiling box according to the manufacturer’s instructions. However, some manufacturers do not sell fans with mounting brackets, but they are readily available in hardware stores. Then fix the rod that creates the distance between the fan and the ceiling; this helps in improving air circulation.
Using the two wires that go through the rod, attach the fan motor to the house wiring; live cables together (black) and do the same for neutral (white). This information is in the user manual so, be sure to confirm the colors before attempting the connection.
Attach the blades and the bulb using the instructions in the handbook. Now, the only thing between you and your new fan is the switch. It is a particular switch that comes with ceiling fans for switching between speeds, the direction of rotation, and lighting; refer to the user manual for installation instructions.
The DIY ceiling fan installation is pretty straightforward, and the result is an affordable and stylish temperature control system for your home. Also, feel free to check out video tutorials on the same.