Ceiling Fans FAQ
A ceiling fan is a simple way to make any room look more stylish and attractive. It can also save you money on your power bill. Here are some simple questions and answers to introduce you to the basics of ceiling fans.
Q: Does the fan require special power?
A: No. The fan should work from the electricity that comes out of the wall socket. If there isn't a circuit box near where you want to hang the fan, you can have an electrician install one.
Q: How can I make sure the fan is stable?
A: Mounting it directly into the ceiling and adding a ceiling brace are the best ways to ensure a stable fan. If you need the fan to be lower down, sturdy down rods can be purchased for the purpose.
Q: Where should I install the fan?
A: Usually, the fan is installed in the center of the room to get the best air circulation. You might prefer to avoid installing the fan directly over a couch or bed in case the worst happens and it does pull loose and come down. In a child's room where the child might jump on the bed and hit the fan, hanging the fan over floor instead is a good idea.
Q: How low should the fan hang?
A: It should generally be between 7 and 9 feet above the floor.
Q: How large a fan do I need?
A: That depends on the size of the room, of course. A 50 square foot room only needs a 29 inch fan. For 75 square feet, move up to 36 inches. For 100 square feet, 42 inches. Anything above that should get the largest standard size-either 50 or 52 inches depending on the manufacturer.
Q: How will the fan be controlled?
A: You can get a fan that's controlled by a cord that hangs from it, by a wall switch, or by remote control.
Q: How will a ceiling fan save on my power bill?
A: The fan will create circulation, air flowing past you, which will cool you. If you're using air conditioning, the fan will make sure the cool air gets to you so you won't have to run the air conditioner as hard for the same effect. In the winter, the fan can be reversed to create circulation without blowing air down on you. The hot air that rises toward the ceiling will be recycled and given a second chance to keep you warm. So you won't have to run your heater as hard.
Q: Can I put a ceiling fan outdoors?
A: Yes, there are special outdoor models for this purpose. Do not use an indoor ceiling fan outdoors.