Looking for a small investment with big returns? Consider a ceiling fan! They not only provide relief from Alpharetta’s stifling heat
in the summer, they also help out in the winter by circulating the warm air that collects in the ceiling. This means year-round savings on
your power bill!
Did you know that ceiling fans need to be installed on special boxes? These “fan-rated” boxes are in the ceiling where you can’t see
them and keep the ceiling fan suspended where you want it (on the ceiling, not the floor). Most lights are installed on regular (plastic)
boxes, and that’s OK. But it’s never OK to install a ceiling fan on a plastic box. Fans vibrate constantly and will eventually wear out and
break a plastic box, when you least expect it. Big problem. Your Alpharetta Electrician will make sure there is a metal fan-rated box in the
ceiling before installing or replacing any fan.
How Do You Choose a Ceiling Fan?
That’s a good question! It’s one we hear frequently. We suggest taking into consideration the size of the space where the fan will go and
how much air flow you want to create. If the fan is going in a tiny space (say a small bathroom or a micro kitchen), you’ll be restricted on
how long the fan blades can be. If it’s a low ceiling, you’ll want a fan that mounts flush and has a very low-profile light kit (if any).
Measure the room wall-to-wall before you shop, and account for any shelving, cabinetry, or furniture that may intrude on the fan’s
wingspan (in other words, you don’t want to have to turn off the ceiling fan to open a cabinet door). The fan dimensions should be listed
by the manufacturer.
If the fan is going in a larger place (great room, porch, commercial space), it can accommodate much longer blades and move a lot more
air. If the ceiling is high enough, any size light kit will work. Your options are virtually limitless. Just measure the height of the ceiling
before you shop, and purchase a matching down rod that will put the bottom of the fan at the height you want it (usually several inches
of clearance above the head of an average height person should do the trick). Note: If the fan is going in a playroom or bonus area that
sees its fair share of cartwheels and pillow fights, a shorter down rod might be in order.
Once you get the perfect ceiling fan, call your Alpharetta Electrician to install it. We replace existing ceiling fans with new ones and
replace existing lighting with a fan-rated box and ceiling fan. We also install brand-new ceiling fans from scratch (where there is no
existing wiring). We carry the right ladders, tools, and parts to complete a safe and professional installation every time. Our fans don’t
wobble, shake, or make noises that keep you up at night. That’s a guarantee!
|Thrasher Electric, LLC
172 Marietta St.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm