Information about Commercial Property Ceiling Fans by Able Group Inc.

Information about Commercial Property Ceiling Fans by Able Group Inc.

Installing Ceiling Fans -

To install a new ceiling fan to an existing lighting outlet box, we recommend that you purchase the fan first, and have it ready for installation when you’re ready to remove the old lighting fixture.

STEP 1. Be sure the power is turned off to that circuit (or shut all power off).

STEP 2. To begin removing the existing lighting fixture, remove any glass and light bulbs first. Then look for the mounting screws (normally 2 screws are used to attach it to the wall or ceiling), remove them and let the fixture hang softly from the wires.

STEP 3. Take notice to the two wiring connections. The fixture wires (flexible, stranded) to the outlet box wires (harder, solid); these same wires will be used for the new ceiling fan (other wires in the outlet box do not matter and should be left alone), remove the wire connectors (wire nuts) and the ground wire (if it exists) and you’re ready for the new ceiling fan.

NOTE — If the existing wires have insulation cover that is crumbling apart an electrician should be brought in to complete this job!

STEP 4. Remove all the new ceiling fan’s contents out of the box. Organize the parts & screws on the floor. Have the instructions open and ready, do not attach blades, bulb(s) or glass until completion.

STEP 5. Remove the old mounting hardware. Your concern now is having a properly supported ceiling outlet box (NEC code requires a special type of outlet box for this purpose). Our method of checking support is to know if the outlet box is attached to the wood beams, and then test it’s strength with our weight.

NOTE — If the existing ceiling outlet box is not properly attached to the wood beams an electrician should be brought in to complete this job!

Install the new mounting hardware as per the printed instructions in the box. Our method is have a second means of support (we call it «making the fan tremor proof») Using an independent means of support must be thought up by you (we usually use a double 12 gauge support wire from the new mounting hardware to a heavy screw we install to the beam).

STEP 6. Wiring connections are the most important concern now. Wires must be stripped (on both sets) about 1/2″ to 3/4″ long. When the wires are joined together (to make the connections) the insulation cover of the wires should match up and the copper ends of the wires should match up. Use only spring insert type wire nuts (look for the metal springs inside) and turn clockwise on the wires as many turns as it takes to «tighten up». If it does not tighten up you must separate the wires and start again (sometimes the stranded wire separates from the end of the solid wire inside the wire nut and wraps around loosely). The copper of the wires should only be visible inside the wire nut when you are done and should not be able to pull apart easily. Attach the ground wire securely to the outlet box and mounting hardware. A separate wire for a light fixture is usually included with the other fan wires. You should connect it along with the black wire if a separate «light fixture wire» is not present in the existing ceiling outlet box.

STEP 7. Install the fan motor and hardware as per the printed instructions in the box. Make sure no wires are crushed between the fan and the ceiling surface. Turn the power on now to test out the fan motor before you install the blades (check the speed & reverse switches also).

STEP 8. Install the blades, light fixture (if any), light bulbs (take notice to the wattage limit, it should be labeled) and any glass as per the fixture instructions. If the fan wobbles (this is common with about 25% of the fans we have installed over the years) look for the printed directions in the box to balance out the fan blades or visit our page

In the summer, ceiling fans are very effective at lowering the apparent temperature by making use of evaporation. When you are hot, you perspire, perhaps only a small amount. This is the body’s way of cooling off — Evaporation of the perspiration pulls heat away from your body. Circulation of the air rapidly increases evaporation. The more evaporation, the cooler the apparent temperature. This means the thermostat on the A/C can be set higher — saving you money.

Able Group Inc. is your electrical service business for everything — Large and Small. We are a full trade resource for everything such as: power panel upgrades, added circuits, telephone data wiring, security systems, heating, air conditioning, building, home improvements and services of all sorts.

Ceiling Fans are well-known for their Cooling Abilities but few know about their Heating Abilities.

Fans have assorted switches, which have many controls, such as turning the fan on or off, adjusting the speed, changing the blades’ direction, and operating light fixtures that may be on the fan.

HEATING (winter)

direction set clockwise, pulls air upward; takes advantage of hot air rising and cold air sinking; pulls the cold air up from the floor to mix with the warm air from the ceiling

COOLING (summer)

direction set counter-clockwise, air is blown downward; doesn’t actually lower the temperature of the room, but it has a cooling effect because the breeze helps evaporate sweat and keeps the air from feeling thick.

Usually the blades spin counter-clock wise. This enables air to be propelled downward. This is how it keeps us cool in the summer since it causes airflow in the room. Contrary to this “cooling effect,” when the blades spin clock wise, it pulls the air up. This is essential in the winter since cold air sinks and hot air rises. This way, the fan pulls the cold air up from the floor and combines it with the hot air from the ceiling.

Serving the Property Owners in these areas: We cover areas surrounding: Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, PA. Aldan 19018, Ardmore 19003, Aston 19014, Bala Cynwyd 19004, Berwyn 19312, Blue Bell 19422, Brookhaven 19015, Broomall 19008, Bryn Mawr 19010, Chadds Ford 19317, Clifton Heights 19018, Concordville 19331, Conshohocken 19428, Devon 19333, Drexel Hill 19026. Folcroft 19032, Frazer 19355, Glenolden 19036, Haverford 19041, Havertown 19083, King of Prussia 19406, Lansdowne 19050 and Malvern 19355. Media 19063, Morton 19070. Narberth 19072, Newtown Square 19073, Paoli 19301, Plymouth Meeting 19462, Prospect Park 19076 and Ridley Park 19078 PA.

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