Installation of ceiling Fans and Updating Light Fixtures
Greeted at the door by a 9 year old Greyhound and a 6 year old Cocker Spaniel, I was told by the customer that they liked to escape through the front door and the front screen does not latch all the way. Beware. The house was a 1969 ranch and was just purchased from the original owners. All fixtures were original, and the house was already warm at 9AM, so I could see the need for a few ceiling fans.
The following are some tips for purchasing and maintaining your ceiling fan.
Room Size and Ceiling Fan Size needs:
Up to 75 square feet 36” or smaller fan
Up to 144 square feet 36” to 42” fan
Up to 224 square feet 50” to 54” fan
What to look for in your ceiling fan:
- Blade pitch. The wider the blade (5 inches is good) and the higher their angle—called “pitch”—the more air gets moved. Higher-end fans have a blade pitch of 12 to 14 degrees.
- Blade finish. Make sure the factory has treated the blades with a moisture sealant to prevent wooden blades from warping and peeling, and metal blades from scratching and tarnishing.
- Motor quality. Better fans come with motors that have sealed and lubricated ball bearings, which require little maintenance, if any. More expensive models feature heavy-duty windings, precision engineering bearings, and die-cast housings, which vibrate less and are good-looking.
- Energy Star-rated fans. To qualify, fans must have a minimum airflow of 1,250 CFM on low speed and 5,000 CFM on high speed. They must come with a minimum 30-year motor warranty; one-year component(s) warranty; and 2-year light kits warranty. Energy Star-rated fans are 50% more efficient than conventional ones.