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Ceiling fans and updated light fixtures

Posted by on September 12, 2012

Today as a Handyman…….

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.
With any appliance type item in your home, routine maintenance prolongs the life of the item.  Here are some maintenance tips for ceiling fans.
Annually, have your ceiling fan checked for any problems. You’ll check it yourself. Initially turn it off. Wiggle each blade up and down to make sure that each individual blade is securely attached. If it includes light fixtures, you need to inspect every glass bulb for any breaks or chips. Tightly secure any wobbly parts. You want to replace those that are broken or not working. Clean your ceiling fan at least once a week. Use a dry, clean cloth to wipe the top and bottom of each blade. You may need to occasionally  scrub the bottom of the fan. Wash glass light covers if applicable. Inspect the bulbs to see if they are still in good shape.  Dust can accumulate and will affect the efficiency of your ceiling fan.  Cleaning your ceiling fan can be your best proactive measure to take in order to prolonging the life and quality of your ceiling fan.
After about an hour the dogs gave up on trying to escape through the front door as they saw my defenses were strong.  They both headed to the backyard to nap for the remainder of my visit.  Another satisfied customer……..
If you need a ceiling fan installed, want to update some light fixtures, or just need a handyman for those tedious home projects, click the contact button to your right and let Screw Loose? LLC do the rest.
Thanks for your time, I hope this helps…………..


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