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Considerations For Replacing A Bedroom Light Fixture With A New Ceiling Fan

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If your bedroom has a ceiling light that you would like to replace with a ceiling fan so you can stay cooler in the summer, then there are many things you need to take into consideration before starting with the project, including each of the following:

Ensure That You Have the Ceiling Height Required for a Ceiling Fan

Since ceiling fans hang down into your bedroom much farther than light fixtures do, it is important that you ensure that you have enough ceiling height to accommodate a fan. Even fans that are designed with short mounting brackets or "ceiling hugging" fans still need more head space than a simple light fixture. So, before you decide to install a ceiling fan, first make sure that you will be able to walk under it and not hit your head.

Determine the Size of the Ceiling Fan Your Room Requires

If you have never installed a ceiling fan previously, then you might be surprised to learn that they come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. While you can choose any style that fits with your decor, it is vital that you purchase the right size of fan for your bedroom. A fan that is too small will not move around enough air in your bedroom, while a fan that is too large will look out of place. Before you head out to the home improvement store to look for a new ceiling fan, first measure the walls in the room and take these measurements with you to the store. Each ceiling fan's box will have specifications on it that tell you what size of a room they are appropriate for.

Ensure that Your Ceiling has the Strength to Mount a Ceiling Fan

While a light fixture can be mounted on drywall, a ceiling fans are too heavy and require a special mounting bracket be installed on the ceiling. The bracket has to be connected by long screws that are screwed into the ceiling's rafters. This can be a problem if your bedroom's existing light fixture is not aligned correctly to the rafters that you need to attach a mounting bracket into. It can mean that you need to remove drywall and might even need to patch the existing light fixture's hole after you install your new ceiling fan. To ensure you have the right alignment for your new fan, you will need to remove the old fixture and see if you can see the rafters. If you cannot, then you need to climb into your home's attic to identify their locations.

To make your project easier, contact a company that offers residential electrician services