Heating and cooling can account for half of your energy bill. Did you know that? There are ways to help minimize that effect. Having a ceiling fan in your home can help to provide a 40% savings on the energy bill. It’s an easy to do project. Once your ceiling fan is installed, you’ll want to run it with your air conditioning (or instead of, if it solves your purpose). You can also run the ceiling fan with the furnace. Doing both of these activities can help to save 40% off of your energy bill. It’s an easy to do project, and well worth it. You can install a ceiling fan on your own.
You can install a ceiling fan yourself. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Electrical tape
- Circuit tester
- Screw driver
- Wire Connectors, Wire Strippers
- Ceiling Fan Kit
- Drill with driver and bit
- Safety Glasses
- You may also need a metal electric ceiling fan box.
So what size of Harbor Breeze ceiling fan should you purchase for your home? If the room you are installing the fan into has a longest wall of 12 feet or less, use a 36 inch fan or smaller. If the longest wall is 12 to 15 feet, then use a 42 to 48 inch fan. Finally, if the longest wall is more than 15 feet, a 52 inch or larger fan is warranted.
Make sure you read the instructions prior to installing. Depending upon local building codes, you may need a permit to install. Make sure you do the proper research beforehand.
Now, when you’re ready to begin the installation, make sure you turn off the power on the main breaker. Check it with a wire tester to make sure that there isn’t still a hot lead – in other words, to ensure electricity isn’t still running through the line.
Once the power is shut off, remove the existing fixture from the ceiling. If the existing box that the fixture is mounted to is plastic, you will need to replace it with a steel box. If the steel box is not fastened well, you may also need an expandable mounting bracket.
- Secure the bracket to the ceiling electrical box with mounting screws.
- Now it’s time to assemble the fan.
- Pull the wires down through the canopy, downrod and other trim.
- Insert the rod into the housing.
- Secure the downrod to the housing with the connector pin and counter pin
- Tighten the set screw on the side of the downrod.
- Lift the assembled unit to the mounting bracket. You may need help for this part.
- Connect the white neutral and green ground wire to the same color wire in the ceiling box.
- If your fan has a light, attach both remaining wires to remaining hot wires in the box.
- Secure the wire connectors with electrical tape.
- Tuck the wires into the electrical box.
- Seat the canopy and secure it with the screws that came with the fan.
- With the motor secured, mount the fan blades with the screws and washers that came with the fan.
- Follow instructions for installing the light.
Lowe’s offers installation services as well!