When it comes to doing renovations and adding to the value of your home, updating / upgrading ceiling fans can make a world of difference. Ceiling fans are great for air circulation, cooling your home, locking in the appearance of a room and ultimately adding value to your home. They are also quite easy to install and can often be done in a matter of hours. Not bad for a quick afternoon project! Here is a quick guide on how to install a ceiling fan at home by yourself.
Take safety precautions
The first step to successfully installing a ceiling fan is to take the necessary safety precautions. Safety is absolutely important and you should never put yourself or others at risk during a project. If necessary, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses / goggles or a face mask, and insulated / flame retardant PPE if you work with any cables. After that, you need to turn off the power to the location of the fan so that you are not injured by an unexpected power surge or other problems. A combination of the right PPE and occupational safety practices will make your DIY fan installation a safe and trouble-free experience.
Measure the space
A DIY ceiling fan installation starts with a lot of preparation and measurement, but understanding the ratio of blade diameter to room size helps. The sizes of the ceiling fans may seem difficult at first, but they are pretty easy to understand. The size of the fan should correspond to the size of the room. The diameters mentioned here refer to the diameter of the blades. If your blade diameter is between 29 and 36 inches, it will fit nicely in a space of about 75 square feet. Bathrooms and storage rooms meet these criteria. The larger the blade diameter, the less suitable for certain rooms. For example, a 36- to 42-inch fan would work well in a medium-sized room (144 square feet) but would be way too big for a small space like a bathroom. For your bedroom (which is likely about 175 square feet), a 42-48-inch fan would work pretty well. For rooms up to 350 square feet, 52-56-inch fans do the job. Do you have a room larger than 350 square meters? No problem, because there are special fans with 60 inch or larger blade diameters for these large installation spaces. Measuring the square footage of a room is easy. Use a tape measure to go from one wall to the opposite wall. Do this for both length and width, then multiply the numbers together. That’s it. Once you know your room size, you can now choose a suitable ceiling fan for the space required.
Choose the right bracket
Ceiling fan mounts – the way you actually mount the fan to your ceiling – are if you’re installing the fan in a smaller room with a lower ceiling, consider getting one Variety of concealed ceiling fans to enable an optimal installation. For rooms with higher ceilings, you can get a standard bracket or a downrod. Larger rooms with very high ceilings will need an extended down tube for proper installation. Typical downrods
Use the right tools
Every time you do a DIY project, it is absolutely vital to make sure that you are using the right tools to do the job. The first starting point is with Personal protective equipment. Safety glasses, gloves and all other important safety measures should be taken into account before starting work. Also, make sure you have a ladder. You don’t want to stand in a chair or stand unsteadily to install a ceiling fan. Then it’s time for some tools. You definitely need a drill press and the right bits for your fan.
Assemble the fan before installation
Remove the existing fan
Install electrical components
Done with lights and wiring