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How to install a ceiling fan

A slow-turning ceiling fan cools your skin temperature by increasing the airflow in the room and evaporating your body’s perspiration. When used with an air conditioner, a ceiling fan can make less cooling feel like more. In winter, ceiling fans can reclaim heat by returning the rising warm air to floor level. For safety, a ceiling should beat least 10 feet high. Installation

A ceiling fan can replace a chandelier (some fans incorporate lights) or it can be mounted on newly installed wiring. Mounting systems vary with the manufacturer. Many feature a ball-and-socket system that reduces fan vibration.

To install such a fan, turn off the circuit power. Screw a mounting crossbar across the ceiling box. Extend the ceiling wires through or over the crossbar. Screw the cradle (or the canopy that doubles as a cradle) to the crossbar, then insert the down-rod ball into the open side of the cradle’s socket. Attach the ceiling wires to the fan’s wires (like to like, or as instructed) and secure them with wire connectors. Place the canopy over the ceiling box and screw it fast. Attach the blades to the motor housing according to factory instructions.

A ceiling fan’s large motor usually doesn’t get overworked; it may last a long time without repair. Twice a year wipe the blades and the housing with a damp cloth.