Adding a ceiling fan to your Hueytown, AL, area home is a great way to improve ventilation. Ceiling fans allow for better airflow and are effective due to their central position.
Efficiency Equals Savings
On a warm summer's day, you can turn your ceiling fan on to keep cool and comfortable inside your home. It helps support your air conditioning system by circulating air.
When your air conditioner is supported by a fan, you can increase the temperature on your thermostat by 4 to 5 degrees without any reduction in comfort, helping you reduce your cooling costs!
In the market for a new ceiling fan? Aux Home Services recommends purchasing one with the ENERGY STAR® label—they are up to 40 percent more efficient than traditional models, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
For more energy-saving tips, be sure to consult with our electricians. Call us today!
How to Use Ceiling Fans During Summer and Winter
On a warm day, you can rotate the fan counterclockwise to circulate cool air throughout your Alabama home. On a cool winter's day, reverse it clockwise and run it at a low speed. This helps recirculate the heat that rises to the ceiling, keeping everyone inside warm and toasty.
Ceiling Fan Installation and Replacement
Ceiling fans are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Your Aux Home Services professional will need to take measurements to find one that fits the room where you want it installed. The span of the blades determines how much airflow it produces—the longer the span, the better the airflow. Contact your Aux Home Services electrician for a full sizing guide.
For optimal airflow, the blades should be about eight feet from your floor. Here are two common mounting solutions:
- Flush Mounts
If the room has a low ceiling, this is a simple and effective way to mount it. In this setup, the fan is flush with your ceiling.
- Down Rod Mounts
In rooms with higher ceilings, down rod mounts may be necessary. A rod hangs from your ceiling, feeding the wiring to the fan. It also suspends the fan at the proper eight-foot length from the floor.
Ceiling Fan Switches
For your comfort and convenience, there are multiple options to control your ceiling fan. Here are the most common switches:
- Pull Chain
Simple to install and simple to control, the pull chain is a classic option. Pull the chain located on the fan to turn it on and off and to control the blade speed.
- Wall Switch
Wall switches allow you to control the fan like a light switch. They may contain several buttons including "on," "off," and "reverse," as well as a button to adjust the light (if your fan has one).
- Remote Control
Power on and adjust from anywhere in the room at your leisure with remote control for your ceiling fan.
- Smart Fans
Smart fans pair with your home automation system, allowing you to control your fan from anywhere in the world via your smartphone. Additionally, you can set energy-saving cycles, significantly reducing your energy expenses.
Ceiling Fan Lights
Need some extra illumination? Your ceiling fan can come with a light fixture to brighten your space.
If the room you're installing a fan in needs some extra overhead light, or you're replacing a socket where an overhead light is already located, this is the perfect solution. Many switches also give you the option to adjust brightness. You can set the mood and ambiance as you keep your home comfortable.
We recommend fitting your ceiling fan light with an LED bulb. LED lighting uses up to 90 percent less electricity and lasts up to 25 percent longer than incandescent bulbs .
Ceiling Fan Repair
Are you having issues with your ceiling fan? Aux Home Services has a team of licensed technicians ready to assist.
We offer 24/7 emergency repair services to be there when you need us. Here are some of the more common problems you might encounter with a ceiling fan:
- Ceiling fan speed problems—this issue could stem from a faulty motor to the ball bearings.
- Noisy fan operation—the ball bearings might need to be cleaned and lubricated.
- Wobbly ceiling fan—this issue typically stems from poor installation.
- Flickering light—typically caused by a loose connection, or it could mean you need a new bulb.
- Your ceiling fan will not turn on—could be the result of loose wiring or a circuit breaker has tripped.
Need Ceiling Fan Service? Call Today!
Aux Home Services has a team of licensed electricians ready to assist with all your Hueytown, AL area, home's electrical needs—including your ceiling fan. Call today at 205-979-0946 or request service online.