Ceiling Fan Installation – Determining the Fan Size

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Electrician Felix Frontecha discusses how to determine the fan size for a ceiling fan installation.

    Felix: I am Felix from Michael & Son. We are here today to show you how to install a ceiling fan. First of all, we have to determine the size of the fan. Either if you need it or not, we have downrods.

    The size of the fan depends on the size of the room. So each manufacturer give you guidelines, how many square foot you have in your room. How big is the diameter of your fan? In this case, we are going to use a 60 inches diameter fan. We are going to use a downrod. The downrod we are going to use is 6 foot long. That's because of the height of the ceiling.

    If your ceiling had a lot of a pictures around or decorations, you don't want to cover them. In that case, the ceiling fan will be installed higher. You don't want the ceiling fan cover those pictures. If you want to use your fan as a light for the room as well, you depend on that light, you better have the ceiling fan installed closer to the floor, so lower. So that depends for each installation. You have to go accordingly with your house. Now that we get determined the size of the fan, the size of the downrod, we are going to prepare the area. First thing is drop clothes, we have to put them to floor. We are using a 16 footer ladder, A-frame, its electrical insulated. It doesn't need to be like that because we are going to cut the power anyway. In this case, because of the weight of the fan, its kind of heavy, and because we are using downrod, you require two people. One to hold the fan, while the the other person is climbing up the ladder. At some point, the two person will be in the ladder. So the ladder we are using is capable to handle two workers at the same time.