Beauty and brains in one package! A ceiling fan offers many functional benefits while adding a certain decorative touch to a room. In the summer it can help cool a room (or even a porch) by helping to circulate air and by creating a slight breeze. In the winter it can be used at low speed to circulate warmer air that has risen to ceiling level. From the viewpoint of décor, ceiling fans come in many styles and colors and can even include a light kit to offer the added feature of overhead lighting.
Whatever your reason for installing a ceiling fan, you will find it to be a relatively easy project. Usually you will be replacing a light fixture in the middle of a room. This means all the wiring will already be in place. Most likely your biggest obstacle will be a new workbox that is approved for the weight of an overhead fan or adding support to an existing workbox. A workbox that is not approved for ceiling fan weight can lead to a wobbly fan or even worse…
The following instructions cover general installations when replacing an existing light. It will give you an idea of what is required for the project. Make sure you review and follow instructions that are specific to the fan you purchase. Depending on your installation requirements, you may need to purchase a longer "down rod" for cathedral ceilings or purchase an optional lighting kit if it is not included. For complete, step-by-step instructions for this DIY project, watch this friendly and straightforward video tutorial.
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