Installing a Ceiling Fan

One of the most common questions people have about ceiling fans is how to go about installing them. Before installing a ceiling fan it is important to know the step by step process of precautions and instructions of how to install your ceiling fan yourself. Our ceiling fan installation process provides clear instructions on how to do it yourself even if you aren’t a home improvement expert.

First step to installing your ceiling fan is checking that your junction box is “ceiling fan rated” to ensure it can hold the fan properly. Make sure you turn off your power in your home for your own safety before doing any electrical work. This post is going to assume that you have a fan rated junction box that is properly anchored to a stud or appropriate support.

Start with the blade assembly. Attach the blades to the blade irons and then the blade irons to the motor housing.  This part of the assembly can be a little challenging because the parts are a little awkward. Here’s a little trick to make the assembly a little easier. After you have removed the Styrofoam support that held the motor in place in the box and removed the motor, turn the Styrofoam upside down (so the motor sits into it) and place it back into the box. Now, place the motor housing in the Styrofoam  so the bottom of the fan is facing you. This little makeshift “cradle” will hold the fan in place while you attach the fan blades to the motor. I know some of you have seen the picture with the guy on the ladder putting the blades on the fan – but trust me, this way is much more efficient and you will cut your ladder time down to a third.

Once you have attached the blades, flip the fan over in your makeshift fan stand so that it is sitting with the blades on the box. Now, attach the down rod, cut the wires to the appropriate length and  connect your remote control receiver if you have one.

If your fan has a light kit, flip the fan back over on your makeshift fan stand so the down rod is going into the Styrofoam and the blades are facing you again. Attach your light kit.

Now, you have a full assembled fan.  Time to climb the ladder and attach the mounting bracket to your junction box. Once this is done, you can carry the fan up the ladder (most fans are between 15 and 25lbs ) and set the entire, assemble fan into the mounting bracket. Make your electrical connections and secure your canopy and you are done. Your total time on the ladder could be as little at two minutes and possibly up to ten if you run into a few challenges.

If you are installing a new fan that has come with a remote or wall remote system, take the time to read the steps that are necessary to sync the fan with its controls to ensure proper operation.

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Vintage Ceiling Fans vs. Contemporary Fans – Options by Emerson

Ceiling fans are certainly a modern convenience, but contemporary styles may not always suit a traditionally styled home. Fortunately, there are ample options available for both vintage ceiling fans and contemporary fans.

Best Vintage Ceiling Fans

If you are a fan of vintage style ceiling fans, you may find that Emerson can provide you with just the look you want for your home.

Monaco Fan by Emerson

Monaco Ceiling Fan by EmersonIf you are looking for a vintage style fan that is unassuming yet still beautiful, the Emerson – Monaco is a great option. Featuring a 60″ span, this fan boasts a beautiful Golden Espresso finish that will complement the look of almost any décor. The hand-carved vintage black blades add another element of elegance to this fan. If you wish, the hand-carved blades can also be replaced with a different style to more specifically suit your décor, if you desire.

Zurich Fan by Emerson

Zurich Ceiling Fan by EmersonThe Zurich fan, also by Emerson, offers a more ornate look than the Monaco. The design of this fan is somewhat reminiscent of Old-World styling, making it ideal for many different decors. Thanks to the distinctive flowing style of this fan, you can rest assured that it will add an elegant touch to your home. With its 52″ blade span, this fan can also be relied upon to keep you comfortably cool. This fan is also light fixture adaptable to ensure a more complete fit for your home décor. An oil rubbed bronze finish and medium oak/dark cherry blades complete the look of this vintage style fan.

Best Contemporary Ceiling Fans

While vintage style fans can add a touch of elegance to your home, they may not suit your modern décor. When that is the case, you will find that there are plenty of options that will keep your home cool as well as beautiful.

Curva Sky Fan by Emerson

Curva Sky Ceiling Fan by EmersonIf you are looking for a ceiling fan that will introduce the look of cool, clean lines into your home, the Curva Sky by Emerson is certainly worth considering. Featuring a lovely brushed steel finish and opal matte glass, this contemporary fan will make a welcome addition to any modern décor. Thanks to the compact design of the Curva Sky, you can also rest assured that it will fit into practically any setting. The option to add a light fixture makes this fixture not only fashionable but also completely functional.

Tilo Fan by Emerson

Tilo Ceiling Fan by EmersonWith its two-tone design, the Tilo ceiling fan by Emerson offers the epitome of modern elegance. A brushed steel finish is complemented by curved dark cherry blades to create a distinctive design that is certain to attract notice in any room of your home.

If you are interested in having a new vintage style or contemporary ceiling fan installed in your home, we will be happy to work with you at Fan Diego and find a style that will keep you cool and your home looking great.

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Hot Trends in Indoor Ceiling Fans – Meet Minka Aire!

Minka Aire hot Trends

Just as fashion changes each season, ceiling fans have fashion trends too – which is why we are so excited about the Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans. These fans are truly some of the best ceiling fans, providing the perfect blend of form, function, and design.

Minka Aire Style

Although Minka Aire indoor ceiling fans have a style all their own, they come in a variety of decorative styles to fit every home, whether that home be in a traditional style, modern style, or anything in between. In truth, there are more than 60 collections available within the Minka Aire line of ceiling fans alone!

Wing fans come in wood finishes with a single arched blade circling the pendulum. Others include ornate metal work carefully sculpted around lighting fixtures beneath beautifully crafted wooden blades. Yet others still bring in steel-like metals for a clean, modern look.

The variety is endless and the craftsmanship remains flawless across the entire line.

Down to the Detail

One of the great things about Minka Aire ceiling fans is that every detail is so beautifully planned. These ceiling fans allow the owner to get the truly perfect finishes each and every time – in fact, there are more than 80 finishes available for the Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans. Beyond the standard white, oil rubbed bronze, chrome, and brushed nickel, there is a variety of exciting and customized looks, such as Vineyard Patina, a gold-like finish with flecks of red-brown patina throughout or the array of wood finishes, including maple, mahogany, variations of koa, and walnut, to name just a few.

These ceiling fans have the perfect finish to satisfy even the most particular and refined of tastes.

Indoor Ceiling Fans Go Green

One of the most sensible features of the Minka Aire indoor ceiling fans is their energy efficiency. Going green may be more a lifestyle than a hot trend in itself – and Minka Aire is happy to keep green living as an important part of its offerings. There are nearly 70 fans in Minka Aire’s current collection of ceiling fans alone. Energy Star certified ceiling fans can be found through every design style and with fans featuring anywhere from one to five blades – not to mention indoor ceiling fans with lighting.

The Minka Aire line of indoor ceiling fans truly has something to offer to everyone. Though the collections provide a wide variety in finishes, styles, and amenities, each of the Minka Aire ceiling fans provide superior performance and maximum comfort.

For more information about our Minka Aire ceiling fans, call us at 800-240-6267 or visit one of our four Southern California showrooms. You can also buy ceiling fans online.

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Video: Ceiling Fans with Remotes – Troubleshooting Receiving Units

Hi, I’m John with FanDiego, the ceiling fan store and I want to spend a couple of minutes talking about one of our frequently asked questions, probably the most frequently asked question when it comes to replacing parts or repairing ceiling fans. And that is a question of receiving units, the part that works with your remote controls. There are a couple different kinds.

Types of Receiving Units for Ceiling Fans with Remote Controls

Doughnut Receiving Units for Remote-Controlled Fans

The one I have in my hand now is what we call a doughnut receiving unit. This goes into the bottom cap, which is this part here. This is the bottom of your fan. So this slides in here and connects to the top. Now these are generally going to be brand-specific. If you have a fan where your remote control dims your light, controls your speeds and reverses your fan, you might have something like this. So if you need to replace it, you want to check to the bottom of your fan if you have a bottom cap like this.

Horseshoe-style Receivers

Another type of receiver, kind of a horseshoe style receiver here; this is used quite often in Emerson type fans. This type of receiving unit fits up into the canopy; now this is the canopy. You’ve got a standard down rod hanging down, so this is the part that mounts to the ceiling and your horseshoe receiver fits up in here. So if you have an Emerson fan, chances are you’re going to have one of these kinds of receivers in it.

Standard Receiving Units

A third type of receiving unit is kind of a standard receiving unit like this. They can be black, they can be green. This is more your universal type of receiving unit. This type of receiver also fits up into the canopy here. You really can’t use these on sloped ceilings oftentimes though, because the receiving unit will break.

So if you have issues with a receiver, one of the first things you need to do is find out what kind you have. It’s also very important to find out the brand. If you can find out the brand, then oftentimes we can help you find a replacement or get something that’s going to be comparable for you that will work with your fan. If you have any more questions or if we can be of any help with any receiving unit issues, you can check us out online at fandiego.com or visit one of our four showrooms in southern California.

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Ceiling Fans: 3 Things You Need to Know

Ceiling-Fans-3-Things-to-KnowCeiling fans – even the best ceiling fans – may seem fairly basic, however, there is much more to them than may initially meet the eye. If you are looking to buy ceiling fans, there are three important things that you must know before pulling out your wallet and tool belt.

Indoor Ceiling Fans Don’t Actually Cool the Room

Surprising, right? But it’s true – indoor ceiling fans do not actually cool a room; rather, they cool the individuals who are in a room. The circulating air increases evaporation off of the skin; this creates a type of wind chill effect that cools the individual down even though it does not actually change the air temperature in the room itself.

Notably, since indoor ceiling fans do not actually cool a room’s temperature, they should be turned off when the room is not in use to save on energy expenditures and utility costs.

Ceiling Fans Can Also Heat

Indoor ceiling fans won’t heat quite like a furnace; however, they can help to save on heating costs.

Hot air naturally rises, but a ceiling fan can push that hot air back into the room. When the fan is changed to circulate in a clockwise direction, the blades will push air up, thus pushing warm air that has collected near the ceiling, back down in to the room. Pushing the warmer air back into the room and then circulating it will not only warm the space, but will warm it more evenly.

By using this approach, homeowners can save on utility costs and energy use.

Cheaper is not Necessarily Better

As with anything home related, budgets are a critical component. That said, there is a time to spend and a time to save. Although a low price tag can, understandably, be enticing, be wary of low prices when it comes to buying ceiling fans.

The best ceiling fans are smartly planned, efficient machines that leverage capable motors that use a proper number of RPMs (revolutions per minute) for the space. A weak motor will save on cost, but is likely to fail to generate an appropriate number of RPMs – or high enough fan speed – to effectively turn the blades to warm or cool the space. Additionally, the fan blade weight may be more than the motor can handle, straining the system. In turn, this will either create a noisy and off-balance fan or it may have a very short life.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend huge sums of money to buy the best ceiling fan for your home – there are many fans that provide proper efficiency and function for a good price. For more information about ceiling fan products or function, call us at 800-240-6267 or visit us online.

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Energy Saving Indoor Ceiling Fans – the ENERGY STAR Benefit

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Install Ceiling Fans to Save on Cooling & Heating Costs

Like many people, you may have installed or may presently be considering installing indoor ceiling fans for the benefits to your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Ceiling fans can often prolong the time leading up to the hot summer months that you can forego running your home’s air conditioner, saving you on cooling costs while also being friendly to the environment. In the winter and cooler months, ceiling fans can be run in reverse to force the warmer air into the lower areas of the room, saving on heating costs. That said, many people wonder, since ceiling fans are already such great electricity savers, why the ENERGY STAR certification matters and exactly what it means for ceiling fans.

How ENERGY STAR Ceiling Fans Save Even More!

The answer in its most basic form is quite simple: ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans provide additional savings by producing effective results with minimal energy consumption. In fact, ceiling fans that are ENERGY STAR certified use approximately 50 percent less energy than their non-certified counterparts which results in an approximately $15 savings each year. Although that cost may seem slight upfront, consider the math – if you have one ENERGY STAR indoor ceiling fan that you use consistently over the course of 10 years, that’s $150 in savings. However, most homes contain more than one ceiling fan – so if you have three fans, that’s $45 a year.

Beyond the cost savings, many ENERGY STAR ceiling fans actually contain improved parts, such as enhanced motors and blade designs. Even better, the benefits of ENERGY STAR indoor ceiling fans extend beyond your own home to also provide benefit to our planet, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by inefficient energy usage.

To assist homeowners with purchasing the ENERGY STAR ceiling fan that will work most effectively and efficiently in their home, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided guidance as to the proper fan blade size for the room – the recommendations are as follows:

Indoor Ceiling Fans - Sizing Chart

The best ceiling fans will reduce your heating and cooling costs, be environmentally friendly, provide light and function to your home, as well as contribute to your home’s aesthetic. To learn more or to find the best ceiling fans for your home, contact us at 800-240-6267 or online.

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10 Ways the Best Ceiling Fans Benefit Your Home

Ceiling-Fans-Benefit-HomesDecorating your home should be a process of procuring the perfect items to complement both your design style as well as home’s function. Ceiling fans are an important component, as they provide both design aesthetic and functionality. When you buy ceiling fans, consider these 10 ways that they can benefit your home.

  1. Ceiling fan Lighting – Many of the best ceiling fans will include lighting in addition to the actual fan. This lighting comes in several options, from up lighting to down lighting in varying levels of brightness
  2. Circulation – Sometimes, you don’t need a cooler room – just air movement. Ceiling fans keep the air flowing through your home, ensuring that the environment does not become stale
  3. Lower Utility Costs – Ceiling fans often provide a great alternative to air conditioning in those spring and early summer months. Rather than turning on the AC which requires more energy, simply turn on fans to reduce your energy bills
  4. Stay Warm – Many of the best ceiling fans can rotate in two directions. While one direction does help cool the room, the other direction will push the hot air which rises back down into the room, helping to raise the overall room temperature while also keeping the airflow moving
  5. Keep the Outdoors BreezyOutdoor ceiling fans can help you to enjoy outdoor spaces in comfort even on warmer days. Consider adding them to a porch or covered deck to keep your skin cool, improving your level of comfort even in the hottest of months
  6. Set the Room’s Tone – The right ceiling fan can contribute to a room’s overall tone. Ceiling fans come in every color, a variety of finishes, and countless lighting styles. By including it in your room design, it can contribute to your overall aesthetic as well as lighting design
  7. Contribute to a Theme – While there are many ceiling fans that are built for function, ceiling fans also come in several novelty shapes. For example, a fan that features palm frond fan blades can be the perfect complement to a tropical getaway. Other fan blades look like airplane propellers or have favorite characters
  8. White Noise – Many people require a bit of subtle background noise in order to relax – this noise that slightly covers background noises, without actually producing noise that people focus on is called white noise; ceiling fans produce the perfect amount of white noise
  9. Keep on Cooking – Open concept homes are quite popular – meaning that the living area is often connected to the kitchen. Odors and smoke from unventilated ranges and ovens can quickly spread throughout the home, but ceiling fans can help to ventilate the space, clear the odor, and save the family from the noise of smoke detectors going off in the evening hours
  10. Discourage Pests – Because of their constant movement, ceiling fans discourage the presence of pests, such as insects. This is true for both indoor ceiling fans and outdoor ceiling fans

Bring the many benefits of a ceiling fan into your home by visiting Fan Diego online or one of our four southern California showrooms.

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Tips for Indoor Ceiling Fans – How to Replace Ceiling Fan Blades

Replacing Ceiling Fan BladesIndoor ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool – and when you install and buy ceiling fans for your home, odds are that you will have several sound years of great air circulation and gentle white noise. However, over time, it is possible that your ceiling fans – even the best ceiling fans – may begin to show signs of wear, such as clicking noises or wobbling. These imperfections can have a variety of sources, but one of the most frequent causes is warped ceiling fan blades.

Ceiling fan blades come in a variety of shapes and materials, but they all share the vulnerability to warp over time. Things like kids using fan blades to build forts or even just continual temperature and climate variations may cause the warping. While this certainly isn’t a frequent occurrence, it does happen. The good news is that you can make your ceiling fan like new for just a fraction of the cost of a new fan.

Indoor Ceiling Fans: How to Replace the Blades

Replacing ceiling fan blades is a relatively easy project for a seasoned DIY-er. You will need a screwdriver and a ladder to complete the swap.

1. Measure your current ceiling fan blades.

To begin, get the exact measurements of your existing ceiling fan blade. If you are unable to get precise measurements, consider securing a replacement blade that is made by the same company. Alternately, bring your ceiling fan blade with you to the store to match it up with potential replacement blades. It is very important that the blade sizes match in all facets because if they do not, you can throw your fan off balance, not only creating uneven airflow, but causing stress to the motor.

2. Turn off the main power and remove the damaged ceiling fan blade(s).

First thing first – to remove the warped or damaged blade, place your ladder under and slightly to the side of your ceiling fan; you want to make sure that you have an unfettered line of sight to your replacement site. For safety, turn off your fan’s main power source. Then, with your screw driver, loosen the screws that hold the blade in while holding the blade still with your other hand – once the screw are removed, lift the blade up and give it a slight jiggle to remove it from the mounting bracket.

3. Mount the new ceiling fan blade and test.

Once the existing blade is removed, you’re ready to mount the new blade. Place the new blade into the mounting bracket (small end in the bracket, large end facing outward), and then align the holes in the mounting bracket with the new blade’s screw holes and screw the blade in tightly. Be careful not to over tighten the screws, as doing so could warp or split your new blade – however, also make sure that they are not loose, as this may cause a wobbly blade that will quickly warp or break. Give the new blade a tiny jiggle to ensure that it is secure before turning on the power to the fan for a test run.

Aside from the shopping part, this swap can be completed in 15 minutes or less, provided that you have the proper materials for the job and that the blade is indeed the problem with your current ceiling fan.

If you are having an issue with your ceiling fan and would like to consult with a ceiling fan expert to diagnose the issue, please give us a call at 800-240-6267.

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Video: Ceiling Fans DIY – Can You Paint or Refinish Ceiling Fan Blades?

Full transcript for “Ceiling Fans DIY – Can You Paint or Refinish Ceiling Fan Blades?”

Ceiling Fans with Standard Blades

Hi, I’m John at Fan Diego, the ceiling fan store. Today I want to talk a little bit about decorating, decorating ceiling fan blades to be specific. And I have a couple of examples here, of different kinds and qualities of blades. This is an example of a standard blade, and every manufacturer will have a fan with this kind of blade, it’s basically a paper product. As you can see, I’ve sanded it here to reveal that it’s really… other than painting this fan blade, it cannot be refinished. Often times, I get two types of questions about blades; number one, can they be painted and two, can they be refinished? So your basic paper product blade might be able to be painted but it cannot be refinished. I say it might be able to be painted because fan blades are weighed within a couple grams of one another and often times that will keep the fan from wobbling. And it’s very important that the blades weigh the same amount, so it doesn’t wobble.

So if you’re going to paint a blade, it’s very important that you get the same amount of paint on all the blades and weigh them so you know that they weight the same amount and the fan will operate properly.

Wood Ceiling Fan Blades

Now there’s a different caliber of blade, this is an Emerson blade, part of their blade select series. As one example, I’ve sanded this down to reveal that this is an actual real wood product. So although this blade does come in teak, maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany, comes in quite a bit of colors, and most colors I think would work for most homes, a blade like this can be refinished.

The same rules apply as painting, but this is actually a real, all wood blade. Now most manufacturers, or quite a few of them anyway; Casablanca, Emerson, Fanimation, some of the better manufacturers have custom blades, along the lines of something like this. Now I’ve sanded this piece down as well, to reveal that this is an actual wood product as well. So something like this could also be refinished. And you really want to be careful when you’re trying to decorate a blade because of the balance issue, but those are the basics. We’ll see you next time, this is John in San Diego and if you need to contact us, we are available at fandiego.com

Did you know we have a large selection of lighting too? Check it out at one of our four southern California showrooms!

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Indoor Ceiling Fans: Things to Consider When Shopping

Indoor Ceiling Fans ShoppingAs with most things related to your home, when looking to buy ceiling fans, there are countless options and factors for consideration. While the wrong fan isn’t a life-altering catastrophe, it can certainly impact the functionality and aesthetic of your space – so before you buy ceiling fans, make sure to consider the features and benefits of each piece you consider.

When you buy ceiling fans, consider this:

Ceiling Fans with Lights

Not all ceiling fans come with lighting – some fans provide simple cooling functionality, while others provide the added benefit of lighting. Consider which option is best for your space, as well as what the existing wiring will permit; if your current wiring is not set to accommodate the ceiling fans with lights, you may need to bring an electrician.

Ceiling Fans & Colors

Indoor ceiling fans come in a variety of colors and finishes – ceiling fan blades with stained wood in a variety of colors are common, but ceiling fans blades can also come in a variety of lacquers, textures, and even novelty finishes, such as palm fronds.

Beyond the blades, consider the fan trim; typically, you want it to match the existing finishes in a room, such as brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze door knobs and handles, cabinetry hardware, and the like.

Buy Ceiling Fans that Are Appropriately Sized

Ceiling fans – particularly the blades, come in a variety of sizes. Make sure that the fixture that you select is of the proper size and scale for your space. Too small of a fixture will become dwarfed and perform inefficiently, but too large of a ceiling fan may draw too much attention and throw off the scale of furniture, artwork, and intentional focal points.

Ceiling Fans with Remotes

One luxury feature that some ceiling fans offer is a remote control. Ceiling fan remotes can turn the fan off and on and change speeds, as well as dim the light if a dimmer feature is present and turn it on or off. Consider whether this feature is important to you – as well as the additional associated costs.

Energy Efficiency

While many ceiling fans are Energy Star certified, this is not automatically true of all ceiling fans. Consider how the fixture that you are considering will impact your heating/cooling costs.

What Makes the Best Ceiling Fan?

This is a common question, but the truth is that the best ceiling fan is the one that fits your budget, space, and style. There are many reputable brands out there, such as Casablanca, Minka Aire, and Emerson ceiling fans, and we pride ourselves in carrying many of them – visit FanDiego.com or one of our four Southern California showrooms to check out our selection.

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