It's 98 degrees outside, and you're sweating worse than Matt Foley while he's changing the lives of troubled children. All you really want to do is turn the A/C on blast, but you know it'll cost a fortune!
Then you have an idea! A ceiling fan!
Ceiling fans can be a great way to cut down on cost without having to sacrifice comfort. However, ceiling fan installation can be a lot more complicated than many homeowners realize.
Continue reading to find out why installing your new ceiling fan should really be left to the professionals.
What Goes into a Ceiling Fan Installation?
Like many do-it-yourselfers out there, you loving saving money on home improvement projects by doing all the dirty work yourself. However, installing a new ceiling fan can be a very complex process and there are a lot of variables to keep in mind.
You need to determine the type and style of fan, how it will be mounted, the blade material, type of motor and most importantly how you plan to run electricity to the fan. It may not seem like a lot, but when you start digging into all of the different options, it can become unnecessarily overwhelming.
The goal of a ceiling fan is to decrease cost and to find a good alternative to A/C. And if a fan is installed incorrectly, it could end up being significantly more costly for you down the road.
Here are the top 3 reasons why you should leave it to a professional electrician.
1. This Is What They Are Paid to Do
When installing a ceiling fan, figuring out how it is going to be wired is crucial. The last thing you want to do is overload your circuit panel.
A licensed electrician will have both the experience and the know how to properly wire your house so you are running everything safely.
The average American circuit breaker is rated for 15 or 20 amps. And it is always recommended that you only use up to 80% of this as your maximum.
While ceiling fans only use about 1 amp, you need to consider all of the other appliances you will be using, and when you will be using them.
2. You Will Save Yourself a Headache
On average it can take an electrician anywhere from 1-3 hours to do a new ceiling fan installation. That is by somebody who has done this before and knows exactly what they are doing.
Just imagine how long it could take if you are not familiar with certain troubleshoots or how to specifically wire something.
The average electrician costs about $50-$100 an hour for labor. The minimal cost for a couple of hours of labor will generally outweigh the long hours of frustration trying to install it yourself or fix expensive mistakes.
3. Safety Is Key
When installing a ceiling fan, there is a laundry list of safety precautions that need to be taken during installation to ensure everything works properly and that there are no safety hazards afterward.
One of the most important reasons to hire a professional electrician is that they know the precautions to take, based on each particular situation. This gives you the peace of mind knowing that things will be done right the first time.
The Pros Know Best
Everybody loves being independent and saving money, but when it comes to ceiling fan installation, using a professional is always going to be the best choice. Not only does it take pressure off of you, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing the job is being done right.
Call us today if you want to make sure your new ceiling fan is installed properly and correctly the first time!