Ceiling fans can change the look of a space and add a ton of functionality. Texas houses get hot. So here’s what you need to know.
Replacing a fan with a fan, this is absolutely something homeowners can do themselves. You’ll need a ladder, some tools like a screw driver, pliers and wire strippers. Also, having a friend help may make the process go a little faster. REMEMBER: ALWAYS turn the power off to the location you’re working on before touching ANY wires. If you’re not comfortable, we’re more than happy to help.
The pole that ceiling fans hang from is called a downrod, they come in all sizes and colors. Many fans come with small downrods; it would be beneficial to first measure the length (in inches) from ceiling to where you would like the fan to hang before purchasing either the fan or downrod. If you’re not able to measure, most fans display a chart on the box showing recommended downrod lengths for various ceiling heights.
Some ceiling fans come with a remote control, but if the fan you want doesn’t or you have a fan already hanging and would like a remote, there are remote control kits. They’re easy to install. A kit will come with two parts; one connects to the wire inside the fan. The other part is your remote, which can either be mounted to the wall (we suggest this when there are children in the house – remotes have a tendency to walk away) or a hand held device. In our house we use the Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Wall Control (it’s about $30 at Home Depot), but that’s just our preference.
Outdoor fans – what can I say, I love them. But it’s important to note that you should not put an indoor fan outside. They warp and need to be replaced after a year – Texas humidity and indoor fans don’t mix.
If you’re planning to install a fan where there is no light fixture, no attic space and would like to add a switch, there may be drywall damage running the wire to the light switch. When planning an installation, take the extra costs into consideration.
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