Installing ceiling fans in your home might reduce your power bill by keeping you more comfortable in all seasons of the year. Ceiling fans come in several attractive styles, so they add a decorative touch to your home as well. The fans can be installed inside or outside whether there is existing wiring or not. An electrician can install the fans exactly where you want them. Here's why you should consider hiring an electrician to install ceiling fans in your home.
How Ceiling Fans Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Ceiling fans can allow you to turn your heat setting higher in the summer because the breeze from the fan keeps you cooler even though the thermostat is set higher. The fan keeps you cool by creating a breeze that causes evaporation from your skin. The cooling effect only happens when you're in the room. The fans only circulate air so they don't actually keep the temperature of the room cooler. Therefore, for maximum energy efficiency, you should turn off the fan when the rooms are not occupied.
A ceiling fan can keep you warmer in the winter by pushing warm air to the lower part of the room. Warm air rises while cool air settles toward the floor. By adjusting the direction of the fan, you can force warm air back to the bottom of the room where it helps you feel warmer.
How An Electrician Installs A Ceiling Fan
The first step is to decide where you want the fans. You could place a fan in each room of your home so you're more comfortable when sleeping, working in the kitchen, or watching TV. You can also have the fans installed outside on your patio or balcony. The electrician can install a fan from below the ceiling or from the attic above. The easiest way to put in a fan is to replace a ceiling light with one since the wiring will already be in place. However, it's important to change the electrical box too because a box designed for a simple light isn't sturdy enough to hold a fan. Your electrician will install an electrical box rated for fans if it is needed.
If you want to put in a fan where there is no light, then your electrician will run wiring to the new fan. It will probably cost more to install a fan that needs completely new wiring due to the extra labor required. Installing a fan is a complicated process for the average person not used to dealing with electrical wiring, but it is an easy job for an electrician. The fan is mounted on the ceiling, the wires attached appropriately, and then the blades and lighting kit are assembled.
You can choose your own fan or fans at a home improvement store or online and have them ready for the electrician to install. You'll find blades and light kits that match any décor and the fans come in a range of prices so you won't have to spend much money if you have a tight budget. Once the fan is installed, you'll find the light and fan can be operated independently with pull switches so you can use the light without the fan if you prefer. Your electrician can wire the fan to a wall switch so it is convenient to turn and off when you enter and leave the room.