Learn how to install ceiling fan

When you learn how to install ceiling fan you are aiding in the air transference of your home. Heating and cooling bills can be reduced simply by installing ceiling fans that help move the air. Plus, many are decorative and add flair to your rooms. The kitchen is a perfect place for a fan.

ceiling fan

Fan wiring is really easy if you follow the wiring diagram on the manufacturers installation instructions because each fan is a little different.

The most important thing about a ceiling fan is that it needs to be connected to a strong light box. It helps to know this in advance when building a new home so you can reinforce the light box in the ceiling when doing the framing.

Still there are light boxes that you can install after the ceiling has been sheetrocked. Typically, lightboxes with heavy fans need to be installed between two ceiling studs for strength.

Another logical place for a ceiling fan is the bedroom. There are fans with remote controls that make it so much easier to control the speed and lighting if they include a light.

bedroom ceiling fan

The easiest way to wire a ceiling fan is to run the house power to the switch first. The switch could need two separate toggle switches if there is a light and fan. Most fans have pull strings to adjust the fan speed and the brightness of the light.

If there are two switches, you will need to run 12-3 Romex from the switch to the fan/light because you will need two hot lines to energize the light and the fan.

If this is the case you will want to take the black, hot line from the house power and make a pigtail with two hot wires coming out and go to the bottom terminal of each switch.

The white neutral wire can bypass the switches and go directly to the white neutral wire on the fan. The copper ground wires might need to be pigtailed as well like in the illustration.

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