Outdoor Ceiling Fans Installation

Ceiling Fans

Energy efficient ceiling fans

professional ceiling fan installation across Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. If you’re looking for an easy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to cool down then speak to us today about installing ceiling fans in your home. Not only can ceiling fans help reduce the temperature in a room by up to 4 degrees but they can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning saving you money. Ceiling fans can also double as great feature pieces in a room and can increase the value of your home.

How does a ceiling fan cool the room?

We’re all guilty of running the ceiling fan on a hot day to try and reduce the temperature of the room however your ceiling fan doesn’t directly cool the air all by itself.

Ceiling Fan Safety Tips

Be sure that they are turned off if you aren’t home

Be mindful of the fan while it is turned on (never throw things in the air or jump on the bed while it is spinning)

Never hang things from a ceiling fan (They aren’t designed to be load bearing)

You can install a safety guard on your ceiling fans for an extra precaution

Keeping your ceiling fan clean will ensure maximum performance and lifespan. Here are some easy steps you can follow at home to make sure your fan is in good working order:

Make sure to clean any dust or dirt that is gathered on the ceiling fan blades (while it is turned off) this can be done with a brush or a rag

Ensure you tighten any loose screws which can be found on the fan itself, on the plate that attaches the fan to the ceiling or any screws on the light fixtures on your fan

Check to see if your fan needs oil if it is not self maintaining. This can be done by adding oil to the oil hole near the motor however most fans are self lubricating.

Make sure your fan is not wobbling or shaking, as this means it may need to be balanced or one of the blades may be damaged or warped

The difference between the settings are:

Summer: The fan blades spin in a counterclockwise direction which circulates the air and disperses the breeze to the edges of the room. This makes you feel cooler quicker and it feels like the room temperature lowers.

Winter: In this setting, the fan blades spin clockwise which forces all the warm air that is trapped above the fan and along the ceiling down into the room to mix with the cooler air. To achieve the best results you should keep your fan on low speed in this setting during winter.

Best ceiling fans: We can help you find the perfect fan to meet your needs

The cost of a ceiling fan can range from $70 to $2,000 or more. When choosing a ceiling fan, you need to know the size of your room and the height of the ceiling. Then you can consider how many blades you want, what material you prefer, how many speeds you need and other important features.

We’ve narrowed down the seven best choices for budget buyers, high-end fanatics, outdoor spaces, bedrooms, low ceilings and those interested in environmental sustainability. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, we’ll walk you through the steps to make the right choice to meet your needs.

Our budget pick is the Arlec 120cm White 4 Blade Ceiling Fan with Oyster Light. The Arlec Classic 4 Blade fan retails from Bunnings for only $70

This basic model offers reversible airflow so you can use it to circulate air in any season. The Arlec Classic 4 Blade also includes an in-built oyster light. Keep in mind, the light is not dimmable and bulbs are not included with the fan. While the fan doesn’t come with a remote control, you can add one later if you decide it’s worth the additional cost or if your budget increases. You can also book your ceiling fan installation at Bunnings. The store offers regular deals on installation for Arlec-brand fans, so make sure you check if there are any upcoming specials before you buy.

Our pick for the best high-end fan is the Big Ass Fans Haiku Series 52. Haiku Series 52 fans come with SenseME technology, which uses sensors to automatically adjust to one of seven different speeds based on environmental conditions.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan Where No Fixture Exists

Installing a ceiling fan is actually not as challenging of a project as it may seem, however, if no fixture already exists in the spot where you’d like your new fan to live, the task can be a bit more challenging

Determining Where to Install Your Ceiling Fan

Let’s start by deciding where your new ceiling fan will reside.  The answer might seem obvious—the center of the ceiling right?  Not so fast.  Most ceiling fans weigh at least 20 lbs so your new fan will need to be located in between two joists for support.

Keep in mind, what makes a ceiling fan electrical box different from a traditional light fixture box is the bracing.  Ceiling fan boxes must include bracing that attaches to the ceiling joists to support the greater weight and vibration that comes with a ceiling fan installation.

Installing Your Ceiling Fan Electrical Box

The process of installing a ceiling fan box involves pushing the bracing and box through the hole you’ve made in the ceiling and attaching them to the ceiling joists as per the manufacturer’s instructions (although very similar not all ceiling boxes are exactly the same).

Running Electrical Wiring to Your New Fan

Before going any further it’s very important that we take a moment to address the inherent danger that exists when working with your home’s electrical wiring.  If at any time you feel unsure of what you are doing it’s important to stop and call a certified electrician.

HERE’S HOW: Install a ceiling fan yourself

Before attempting to install it, make sure your husband purchased the correct size for your room. If he bought it at a reputable home center store, they will probably let you exchange it for another if the size is incorrect

As a rule of thumb, use a 36-inch-diameter fan if the largest room dimension is under 12 feet. From 12 to 15 feet, a 42-inch size is best and from 15 to 18 feet, select a 52-inch size. For very large or long narrow rooms, use two smaller ceiling fans.

For a standard ceiling height, the fan kit should come with the proper downrod length to provide at least seven feet of clearance above the floor. Unless your ceilings are unusually low, avoid a ceiling hugger design. The proximity of the blades to the ceiling impede proper airflow.

Putting up a ceiling fan is not a difficult job. Many of the new ceiling fans have an installation hanging hook built into the ceiling mounting. This makes it a one-person job, assuming that you are strong enough to get it up on the hook first.

Do a little stretching first and, even if you are in good shape, plan on having some sore muscles the next day. It is not so much the weight of the unit, but all the twisting and reaching around the motor and blades that is straining.

HOW TO INSTALL A CEILING FAN EQUIPPED

Installing any ceiling fan is usually a very simple process, and it is just as simple when installing a ceiling fan that comes equipped with the more energy efficient DC motor. However, there are some warnings one should know before proceeding and attempting to connect a DC fan to their power source.

CONNECTING A STANDARD AC FAN IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT

In the past, when fans all came equipped with a standard AC motor, many electricians would wire up a ceiling fan without feeling the need to turn off a circuit breaker, or even a wall switch that sends power to the fan.

Although, it is always a good idea to do so, a seasoned electrician understands that as long was they only work with one wire at a time, and the other wires are capped, they aren’t really going to have to worry about any sort of electrical shock. They know for a shock to happen they’d have to be touching the metal part of the wire they are working with, while at the same time grounding themselves on something else metal to complete the circuit. Therefore, many times electricians may simply hold the wire by the insulated part (colored coating) and connect one wire at a time. After all, for standard fans we are only talking about one hot wire, one neutral wire, and one ground wire.

Even remote controlled traditional ceiling fans with an AC motor is not much different. The only difference is there is usually a remote receiver that separates the three fan wires from the power wires at the ceiling. On one side of a remote receiver there is usually a blue, a black, and a white wire. Coming from the top of the fan is the same three color wires. One only needs to simply connect those wires together by their color. Then, on the other side of the remote receiver there is always a black wire and a white wire (separate from the side that three black, white, and blue wires are found) and these two wires simply connect to the black wire and the white wire coming out from the ceiling.

NEVER TRY TO WIRE A DC FAN WITH THE CIRCUIT BREAKER ON

A DC ceiling fan is more sensitive when connecting wires, making it a must to have the power turned off before beginning any of the wiring process. It does not matter how comfortable an electrician feels around power, a DC fan is very, very sensitive, and the power must be turned off while making wiring connections. Any slight arc of power or surge during the process can, and probably will, damage the DC ceiling fan’s remote receiver. Therefore, power being off before starting the installation is crucial. The reason is that the receiver also contains the converter that will change the home’s AC power over to a DC current before that current gets to the fan motor. Due to the complexity of the task the receiver is required to do, the circuitry is more sensitive and care should be taken when wiring.

Electrical Maintenance Are Vital To Business Success

Choosing the Right Contractor for Electrical Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining your business’s electricity, choosing a professional contractor is essential. The right contractor brings with them the right knowledge and skills to repair and maintain your office’s electrical systems. So, if you’re running a business or franchise and are in need of an emergency repair or electrical maintenance, read on to make sure you get the right help and services.

WHY YOU NEED AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

An electrical contractor will be able to identify potential issues, as well as provide ongoing maintenance to ensure that your business’s electrical systems are all running as they’re meant to. An electrical contractor provides a range of services including repairs, installation, inspections, safety testing and preventative maintenance. Modern workplaces bring a degree of difficulty when it comes to electrical maintenance and repair, with strata units having advanced systems and wiring requiring an expert electrical contractor. Master electricians are your safest option for electrical maintenance on your business or franchise, since they generally have both the electrical experience and the business know-how to ensure the best service, keeping the efficiency and successful running of your business in mind.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

There are many ways of finding an electrical contractor, along with many considerations to make when choosing the right one. You will need to find a trustworthy and competent electrician who can meet your expectations. The first thing to consider is the purpose of requiring a contractor. Are you planning on renovating or refitting an office? Are you installing a new security system? Or is there an emergency repair that requires prompt attention?

With a clear task in mind, you can then narrow your search down to respected electrical contractors in your area who have experience with commercial building and fittings. You will then have to inform the contractor with details of your project, as well as time or budget restraints. Remember to be realistic when it comes to these, since some jobs may require more work than others. While many electrical contractors are able to finish projects that normally take 6 months in less than 3 months, the contractor must be informed of any deadline so that they can do what they can to meet it.

Five Skills Every Electrician and Electrical Technician Needs

Although this career route may be attractive to a lot of people, there are some electrical technician requirements that can’t be taught in a classroom or during an apprenticeship. It’s important to consider whether you have the following skills necessary to be good at the job, otherwise your safety and the safety of those around you may be in jeopardy:

1. Mechanical aptitude.

It might seem obvious, but not everyone has an innate sense of mechanics. If you’ve always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work and are successfully able to put them back together, electrical work might be a good fit. On the other hand, if a simple do-it-yourself project leaves you frustrated, this might not be the right career path for you. Being comfortable around electrical work and being confident in your own abilities is a must.

2. Problem-solving skills.

Diagnosing and repairing electrical problems is a large part of a technician’s job. Once the apprenticeship is over, you will be largely on your own to respond to issues and find their solution. Understanding an overall electrical problem and investigating ways to fix it is a critical component of this job. Learning how to identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems is another vital skill for a successful career as an electrical technician.

3. Reading comprehension.

Many work orders are assigned to electricians through written communications, either on paper or through email. Interpreting these work orders and writing a summary of your own work are important components to ensure job details are followed properly and so other electricians can understand your methods should they work on the project after you.

4. Business skills.

Since many electrical technicians go on to become independent contractors, business skills are something you can acquire over the years. A general knowledge of business practices, such as invoicing, tracking inventory, managing employees and strategic planning will help many electrical technicians make the jump to supervisory positions and, hopefully one day, running their own companies.

5. Customer service skills.

The amount of interaction an electrician has with customers varies greatly depending on their type of position. If you work for a large company and spend most of your time servicing machinery within that company, you might not come in contact with many direct customers.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING AN ELECTRICIAN

When having any sort of work done around our home, we always want to make sure we get quality work done at the right price. Choosing a tradesman can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Below are the top 5 things to look for when choosing an electrician.

LICENSE AND INSURANCE

The most important factor to consider when choosing an electrician is whether they are licensed. A license is your guarantee that the contractor has done the necessary courses and practical work to perform the job safely and correctly. Always ask to see their license, make sure that it is current and do an online check if possible. Make sure that the license held covers the type of work you need done. Some electrical licenses may carry restrictions. It is also important to make sure the electrician carries all the necessary insurances. Ask to see copies of current policies and make sure they have not expired.

VALUE FOR MONEY

It is a good idea to get at least 3 quotes, in fact the more the better. Always make sure you communicate exactly what work you require and the exact fittings and materials you would like to use. Make sure the electrician gives you a quote with a breakdown of prices as this will make it easier to compare one quote to another. Choosing an electrical contractor on price alone is unwise as there are other important things to consider.

When having any sort of work done around our home, we always want to make sure we get quality work done at the right price. Choosing a tradesman can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Below are the top 4 things to look for when choosing an electrician.

LICENSE AND INSURANCE

The most important factor to consider when choosing an electrician is whether they are licensed. A license is your guarantee that the contractor has done the necessary courses and practical work to perform the job safely and correctly. Always ask to see their license, make sure that it is current and do an online check if possible. Make sure that the license held covers the type of work you need done. Some electrical licenses may carry restrictions. It is also important to make sure the electrician carries all the necessary insurances. Ask to see copies of current policies and make sure they have not expired.

VALUE FOR MONEY

It is a good idea to get at least 3 quotes, in fact the more the better. Always make sure you communicate exactly what work you require and the exact fittings and materials you would like to use. Make sure the electrician gives you a quote with a breakdown of prices as this will make it easier to compare one quote to another. Choosing an electrical contractor on price alone is unwise as there are other important things to consider.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Not all electricians are the same, many will have extra qualifications or experience in different areas of electrical work, and some may even have accreditations. Choosing a Master Electrician gives a guarantee that the electrician has at least 3 years experience and must offer a 12 month warranty on workmanship. Using a Master Electrician will ensure you receive the highest standard of workmanship and electrical safety. With the skyrocketing cost of electricity, energy efficiency is likely to be of interest. There are several organizations offering accreditation in the field of energy efficiency. An electrician holding this type of accreditation should have an extensive knowledge of energy saving products and technology.

ATTITUDE AND COMMUNICATION

Nobody enjoys dealing with a tradesman who displays a bad attitude or sloppy workmanship. Take note if they arrive for the quote on time or, if they are held up, did they ring ahead and advise that they would be delayed? Do they communicate with you? You need to be confident that you understand each other so that there are no miscommunications during the project. A professional appearance and attitude is usually reflected in the quality of the workmanship provided.

What Are the Most Important Safety Concerns for Electricians?

Interviewers who ask this question want to see that you are safety-minded. They want to see that you have a good understanding of the risks associated with this type of work and get a sense of how concerned you are about safety in the way you approach your work.

Answer examples include:

  • You are most concerned about fatal electrical shock.
  • The second is electrical/thermal burns, possible electrical fires.
  • There are other things you have to monitor such as lead exposure and the possible dangers during welding.
  • You’re aware of the dangers of working around machinery and equipment so you don’t slip or fall.
  • Some work requires you to be in tight spots, even contorted positions to reach areas needing repair, so you’re always on guard against accidental mishaps or muscles strains.

How to Verify an Electrician’s License

You should always hire a licensed professional for electrical work around the home.

Aside from the danger that goes along with any residential electrical project, faulty electrical work can lead to fires, and your homeowners’ insurance may not cover damages caused by unlicensed electrical work.

Why is a license important?

Electrical work requires training. In many cases, a journeyman electrician must complete five years of education and 10,000 hours of on-the-job training. Electrical training is the longest program in apprenticeship work. Electricians are taught how to safely work with electrical systems, as well as local laws and codes.

Building codes can vary by state or community. The National Electrical Code is the minimum standard for electrical work in most states. The code receives updates every three years. A licensed electrician will know the code requirements for your area, and whether it requires a permit.

Tips for verifying a license

There are three types of information that you can use to verify a license. You can use the number that appears on the license. You can get the information using the electrician’s full name. Verification can also be performed by the company’s name.

While each state has different requirements and licensing organizations, your local licensing department can verify if an electrician is licensed to work in your community. Your state’s Department of Labor should also be able to offer this information.

Considerations When Installing A New Electric Circuits

Guide to Buying An Electrical Circuit Breaker

A large safety concern in both residential and commercial buildings is overloading or causing a short circuit within the electrical circuit.  The component that is used to prevent this from occurring is an electrical circuit breaker.  A circuit breaker is used to protect the circuits within your home or business.  If a fault is detected within the circuit the system will cause a break in the electrical current flow causing the system to come to a halt.

The type of circuit breaker you choose to purchase will depend on a number of things.  In order to purchase the correct electrical circuit breaker you need to clearly understand your needs and the needs that will be placed on the system.  When purchasing a new or refurbished circuit breaker, your electrical supplier will discuss several factors with you to help you select the best breaker for your needs.

The first thing an electrical supply company will ask you about when purchasing a circuit breaker is the amount of electricity that will be flowing through the breaker.  The voltage load of the circuit breaker you choose will depend heavily on the equipment that will be used on the circuit as well as the overall load of electricity that will run through the circuit.

There are three main voltage categories when it comes to circuit breakers.  Low voltage circuit breakers are used in residential electrical circuits.  A low voltage electrical circuit breaker works best in households and can handle a max load of 1000 volts.  Medium electrical circuit breakers are suitable for buildings and office settings.  A medium breaker is good for use when voltage requirements are between 1000 and 72,000 volts.  Large electrical circuit breakers handle voltage loads upwards of 72,000.  Large breakers are typically used for high voltage power transmission lines.

The next consideration of various circuit breakers is the mounting style.  The two main components are fixed mounted circuit breakers and removable mounted circuit breakers.  A fixed mounted circuit breaker is mounted so that it cannot be removed without removing the main connections and mounting supports.  A removable mounted circuit breaker has two parts, the base and the actual breaker.  The base is bolted and hardwired to the frame where is the breaker is plugged into the base.  This system can be replaced without having to rewire

Electric Circuits

Suppose that you were given a small light bulb, an electrochemical cell and a bare copper wire and were asked to find the four different arrangements of the three items that would result in the formation of an electric circuit that would light the bulb. What four arrangements would result in the successful lighting of the bulb? And more importantly, what does each of the four arrangements have in common that would lead us into an understanding of the two requirements of an electric circuit?

The activity itself is a worthwhile activity and if not performed before, one ought to try it before reading further. Like many lab activities, there is power in the actual engagement in the activity that cannot be replaced by simply reading about it. When this activity is performed in the physics classroom, there are numerous observations that can be made by watching a class full of students eager to find the four arrangements

Light Bulb Anatomy

Once one group of students successfully lights the bulb, many other lab groups quickly follow suit. But then the question emerges as to what other ways that the cell, bulb and bare wire can be arranged in such a manner as to light the bulb. Often a short light bulb anatomy lesson prompts the lab groups into a quick discovery of one or more of the remaining arrangements.

A light bulb is a relatively simple device consisting of a filament resting upon or somehow attached to two wires. The wires and the filament are conducting materials that allow charge to flow through them. One wire is connected to the ribbed sides of the light bulbs. The other wire is connected to the bottom base of the light bulb. The ribbed edge and the bottom base are separated by an insulating material that prevents the direct flow of charge between the bottom base and the ribbed edge. The only pathway by which charge can make it from the ribbed edge to the bottom base or vice versa is the pathway that includes the wires and the filament. Charge can either enter the ribbed edge, make the pathway through the filament and exit out the bottom base; or it can enter the bottom base, make the pathway through the filament and exit out the ribbed edge. As such, there are two possible entry points and two corresponding exit points.

The Requirement of a Closed Conducting Path

There are two requirements that must be met to establish an electric circuit. The first is clearly demonstrated by the above activity. There must be a closed conducting path that extends from the positive terminal to the negative terminal. It is not enough that there is simply a closed conducting loop; the loop itself must extend from the positive terminal to the negative terminal of the electrochemical cell. An electric circuit is like a water circuit at a water park. The flow of charge through wires is similar to the flow of water through the pipes and along the slides at a water park. If a pipe gets plugged or broken such that water cannot make the complete path through the circuit, then the flow of water will soon cease. In an electric circuit, all connections must be made and made by conducting materials capable of carrying charge. As the cell, bulb and wire experiment continues, some students explore the capability of various materials to carry a charge by inserting them in their circuit. Metallic materials are conductors and can be inserted into the circuit to successfully light the bulb. On the other hand, paper and plastic materials are typically insulators and their insertion within the circuit will hinder the flow of charge to such a degree that the current ceases and the bulb no longer lights. There must be a closed conducting loop from the positive to the negative terminal in order to establish a circuit and to have a current.

Electric Circuits Review

A water ride at a water park is analogous to an electric circuit. First of all, there is an entity which flows – water flows in a water park and (in conventional terms) + charge flows in an electric circuit. In each case, the fluid flows spontaneously from a high energy location to a low energy location. The flow is through pipes (or slides) in a water park and through wires in an electric circuit. If the pipes or the wires are broken, then there can be no continuous flow of fluid through the circuit. A complete loop is required to establish the circuit.

This flow of fluid – whether of water or charge – is possible when a pressure difference is created between two locations in the circuit. In the water park, the pressure difference is the difference in water pressure created by two locations of different heights. Water flows spontaneously from locations of high pressure (high altitude) to locations of low pressure (low altitude). In an electric circuit, the electric potential difference between the two terminals of a battery or energy source provides the electric pressure which presses on charge to move them from a location of high pressure (high electric potential) to a location of low pressure (low electric potential).

Energy is required to move the fluid uphill. In a water park, a water pump is used to do work upon the water in order to raise it from the low height back up to the high height. The water pump does not supply the water; the water which is already in the pipes. Rather, the water pump supplies the energy to pump the water from the location of low energy and low pressure to the location of high energy and high pressure. In an electric circuit, the battery is the charge pump which pumps the charge through the battery from the location of low electric potential energy (the – terminal) to the location of high electric potential energy (the + terminal). The battery does not supply the electric charge; the charge is already in the wires. The battery simply supplies the energy to do work on the charge in pumping it uphill.

The flow of water at a water park is analogous to the flow of charge in an electric circuit. The rate at which charge moves past a point on a circuit as measured in Coulombs of charge per second (or some comparable set of units) is known as the  current. In our analogy, the fluid which flows is water and the rate at which the fluid passes any given point is the current.

Electric Circuit Studio

Electric Circuit Studio (ECStudio) is a set of tools used for building electronic circuits, SPICE simulation, and calculation of circuits. These tools are complemented by the information center containing resources, connector pinouts and interactive book explaining basic electrical theorems, laws and circuits. It is a useful application for all electronics hobbyists, students, or other people with an interest in electronics.

Schematic editor and SPICE simulator allow easy creation of circuit diagrams and SPICE analysis of the created circuits. ECStudio simulator is focused on visual representation of simulated results, such that simulated voltages and currents can be placed elsewhere in the circuit, as a text or graph. Moreover, the magnitude and polarity of voltages and currents can be represented by visual indicators, so you can check the results quickly. All results can be additionally displayed on the top plot, where they can be explored using two cursors

DC, AC and Transient analyses are supported. The simulation can be run repeatedly (in Transient analysis) and results can be displayed consecutively with a user controlled speed (in all analysis types), or all simulation results are displayed immediately. When the results are shown consecutively, you can control parameters of circuit elements by the seek bar and see the change of results in real time

The application supports two modes: Normal and Restricted. The Restricted mode differs from the Normal mode in that the size of the drawing canvas is restricted to the size of the circuit, elements cannot be inserted, moved, rotated, flipped or deleted, and the undo, redo, saving and opening circuits are not allowed. This mode is intended to be used only for simulation of circuits.

The application uses the shared storage to store circuits, pictures, models, screenshots, exported and log files. This storage is usually internal memory, or it can be an external SD card. The location of the application directory is Documents/ElectricCircuitStudio (or Documents/ECStudio for the users who installed ECStudio versions below 2.2). Note: the Pictures subdirectory is deprecated, as the Pictures can now be inserted through the Picture Selection window

A sequence to develop ideas about simple electrical loops

Electrical loops are rather pervasive, as they are such a convenient way of getting jobs done. That’s because electrical loops are good at powering things, and because that power can be controlled. So it makes some sense to start off by looking at the jobs that electrical loops can do for us in the lived in world, and to move from there to creating and varying loops for themselves.

There is some practical difficulty in investigating mains electricity: not helped by the fact that many mains plugs and sockets have three terminals. Therefore we’d suggest not trying to make too careful a link between these early explorations and later work with making loops. ( There is a clear connection, but it’s not simple – you can see more in the SPT: Electricity and energy topic.)

There is however plenty of simple practical activity that can be used to get children off on the right track in thinking about electrical loops. As much of this involves making things there are opportunities for strong links with other parts of the curriculum.

A sequence for developing the idea

This is a rather short sequence focusing on electrical loops, once we have established the pervasiveness of electricity.

We think it’s very helpful to think in terms of loops, as all electrical circuits are made of loops. Finding the loop, breaking the loop, making the loop and choosing what to put in the loop are all useful activities they get children thinking along the right lines. Each loop needs thinking of as a whole if you are to understand it and that’s a further advantage of thinking about electrical circuits in terms of complete loops

Having Ceiling Fans IInstallation

How To Choose A Ceiling Fan – Size, Blades & Airflow

With so many variables and options, choosing the perfect ceiling fan and picking the right size can be a bit daunting. We’ve compiled some expert advice that will guide you through choosing a ceiling fan fit for your needs

Determining what type of ceiling fan you should add to your room of choice can seem like a surprisingly complex decision when you are first starting out. You need to consider the dimensions of your room, the size of the fan, airflow and CFM, the length of its blades, how many blades, their materials, and more

How do I choose a ceiling fan size that fits my room?

The first thing to consider when deciding your ceiling fan size is the size of the room in which it will go. The square footage of a room dictates how big the ceiling fan will need to be because a fan that is too small or big for a space will not circulate the air properly.

How do I determine the hanging height of the fan?

To meet building codes, the bottom of the fan should be at least seven feet off the floor; eight to nine feet will allow for optimal circulation. For higher ceilings, you can use fans with downrods, such as the Ball Ceiling Fan, to achieve the right height. The more space between the ceiling and the blades, the better for air flow and circulation. Ideally, aim for at least 12 inches

Can I install a ceiling fan if I have a sloped ceiling?

Aside from hugger fans, most fan canopies (the part that attaches to the ceiling and covers the junction box) can accommodate some degree of slope-usually up to 30 degrees. An additional longer downrod may need to be purchased to ensure enough blade clearance. For steeper slopes–or in cases where sloped ceiling installation is explicitly not allowed–manufacturers offer sloped-ceiling adaptors, often called angle mounts.

How to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan

Selecting the right ceiling fan isn’t just about choosing the right color and style. There are some key factors that you must consider your decision in order to get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment from your fan.

Decide where you want to install the fan. Most fans are placed in the center of the room, allowing smooth air flow throughout the room. However, larger rooms may be better suited for 2 fans for optimal air flow. For safety reasons, do not install a fan over a bed

Think about electricity. Since fans require the same amount of power as most ceiling fixtures, the electrical circuit shouldn’t be overloaded

Choose a good quality fan. A cheap fan is more trouble than it is worth. Not only will a cheap fan wobble, but a poor-quality fan will not circulate as much air at a given RPM

While speed helps control how much air is moved, blade pitch (angle between blade and horizontal) and design also play a role. Good quality fans boast motors that have more power, so as to allow for greater blade pitch. Cheap fans, on the other hand, have motors that are not strong enough to handle the air resistance associated with greater blade pitch, requiring the manufacturer to lower the blade pitch to avoid burning out the motor

Ceiling Fan Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

With such a broad range of fans to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in phrases like sloped-ceiling adaptable, blade span and 14-degree blade pitch. And all the questions: Big or small? How many blades? What controls do I need? Et cetera, et cetera.

What are my ceiling fan mounting options?

There are several options available, each designed to optimize air circulation and fit proportionally into a space. Regulations do require fans to be installed at least 7 feet up from the floor. (Before choosing a low-profile fan, be sure to measure the space between your ceiling and floor.) Aside from that, you can choose the fan mounting that best suits your room and, of course, your style.

Hugger Ceiling Fans

This type of flushmount ceiling fan is ideal for low ceilings (8 feet or shorter). There is no space between the ceiling fan’s motor housing and the ceiling, making it an ideal choice for smaller urban spaces, including apartments and condos.

Close-to-Ceiling Fans

A downrod of 3 to 5 inches is installed between the ceiling canopy and fan. The added space between the low profile ceiling fan and ceiling allows for more air circulation and fan efficiency, while remaining relatively close to the ceiling and out of the way. This mounting option is good for any room where the ceiling-to-floor height is roughly 9 feet

Ceiling Fans with Downrods

In rooms with high ceilings, it is a good idea to add longer downrods to your ceiling fan to successfully extend it. This is an ideal configuration for great rooms, lofts and expansive entryways with noticeably tall ceilings. Most large ceiling fans include a downrod as a mounting option, since they will likely be placed in a room with high ceilings. However, you should double check that the included downrod length is enough for your space

How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan

Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. With so many variables and options, what should you consider when choosing a ceiling fan? Here are my suggestions

Get the Height Right

If  you’re planning the installation for a low-ceilinged room, insist on a flush-mount model (also called a “ceiling hugger”) to ensure adequate head clearance.

For average-height ceilings, using the manufacturer-supplied hanging rod should do the trick. For higher ceilings, an extension rod will lower the fan to optimal position within the room, about eight or nine feet off the floor.

Place Your Fan Properly

Ceiling fans don’t actually lower room temperatures; they cool by creating a breeze. Install them in places where you spend the most time. Good spots are over the bed or above family-room or kitchen seating.

Consider Control Options

Do you want to control the fan from a wall switch, a remote, or a good old-fashioned pull chain? You may not have a choice. Mode of operation depends on the fan that you choose. Tastes vary, but there is certainly something to be said for the convenience of a remote that enables you to change fan speed (or ceiling-fan light fixture settings) effortlessly.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Comfort and Style

Ceiling fans make great additions to the home year-round. They cool us down in summer and warm us up in winter. New features and technologies mean they’re more energy-efficient than ever, and design updates have led to some pretty stylish models.

Personal preference plays a big role when buying a ceiling fan, and it’s always helpful to discuss your needs with a professional. To help you get started, check out the following tips from experts on how to choose a ceiling fan, including determining the right ceiling fan size and the optimal hanging distance from the ceiling.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

Pick the right ceiling fan size for your room. Size is important. If your ceiling fan is too small for your room, it won’t move air efficiently or effectively. If it’s too big, it could create the feeling of being in a wind tunnel.

How to measure a ceiling fan: Ceiling fan measurements come from their blade span, which is the diameter of the circle their spinning blades create, also called their “sweep.” For a ceiling fan with an even number of blades, measure the fan’s diameter to determine its span. For a ceiling fan with an odd number of blades, measure from the center of the fan to the end of a blade, and multiply by two.

Consider the number and angle of the blades. With today’s models, there isn’t necessarily a right number of blades for a ceiling fan. It’s more of an aesthetic preference than a practical one.

Most Frequent Electrical Home Inspections Problems

Easy In-House Electrical Inspection – Damaged Electrical Outlets

Found a melted or scorched electrical outlet? Be glad — it could have been a lot worse. Outlets burn and melt due to internal sparking or overheated wires. Left unfixed, you could end up with a house fire, broken appliance, or severe injury. Many homeowners can confidently replace an electrical outlet as a DIY project, but in this case you may have wiring damage that requires professional repair. Get in touch with us about replacing and testing your electrical outlets to make sure power flows smoothly.

Sparks Are Flying

When all the parts are tight and in good condition, power flows normally through the electrical outlet. If a metal part becomes loose or damaged, the power jumps around in sparks. This is called arcing.

The most common example: the screw that holds the wire onto the terminal might be loose. When power flows through that wire, some of the energy shoots a spark toward the metal receptacle box or another metal part.

Arcing can cause a fire, but it more often overheats the electrical outlet. Plastic cannot withstand the heat, and begins to melt. You may notice black or brown burn marks before the plastic actually melts.

Insufficient Wiring

Wiring problems can also cause a melted electrical outlet. Whenever there’s more power than the wires can handle, overheating happens. Either the wires were not the correct size to begin with, or you have an electrical system problem sending excess power to the receptacle.

If you have performed some DIY repairs on the electrical outlet or perhaps the previous homeowner might have done something amateurish, it’s best to bring in a professional electrician to make sure the wiring is safe — especially after verifying that the terminals are tightly screwed on and everything looks good otherwise.

Don’t Ignore Smaller Problems

It’s hard to ignore sparks and melting plastic, but many people ignore problems like a loose electrical outlet, flickering lights, and frequently tripping breakers. Remember: breakers trip because something is wrong. And healthy outlets always work reliably. Take these issues as warning signs of a bigger problem!

If one electrical outlet melts, check the other outlets in the room for damage. You may have a problem beyond the one outlet, especially if faulty wiring is to blame.

What does a home electrical system inspection involve?

electrical inspectors must examine several segments of your home’s electrical system, including:

  • Service panels and subpanels (what some people may call a circuit breaker or fuse box):
  • They’ll typically remove the cover, noting that nothing inside the panel is humming or hot—and that there are no fuses instead of circuit breakers. They’ll also check for loose wires, that wires are the right gauge for the breakers, and that the main breaker is the right size. (Smaller than 100 amps is not enough for the electrical needs of a modern family, ICA says.)
  • Outlets (or receptacles): They’ll use a handheld device, a multimeter, to probe the outlet and check the voltage and ground wire.
  • Light switches and fixtures: They’ll take a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, receptacles, and switches.
  • ​GFCI circuits and arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs): The absence of GFCIs, AFCIs (which interrupt the circuit when it detects an electric arc), or other “overcurrent protection devices.”
  • The type of wiring: such as aluminum, knob-and-tube, or copper, and whether any of it is exposed or loose.

Don’t Overload Your Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Common Electrical Problems Found During Home Inspections

Whenever a home is being sold, it’s a common (and smart) practice for a prospective buyer to hire a qualified home inspector. Home inspectors can not only help assess a home or buildings condition but identify potential problems that may be factored into the terms of a sale or purchase price. In some cases buyers also engage the services of a licensed electrician to check and identify any electrical problems that a regular home inspector might miss. The most common problems we have seen that result in failed home inspections include the below …

Extension Cords in Permanent Use

Extension cords are to be used on a temporary basis for an external or remote power supply. If somebody is using extension cords on an everyday basis, that can only mean one thing: There aren’t enough outlets to handle all of the electrical devices the home or building uses today. This is more common in older homes, but it is a safety concern and it should always be corrected prior to a sale.

Improperly Wired Switches

This is a common problem electricians find when doing an inspection. People who try to do their own wiring or hire somebody who has only rudimentary electrical skills will often use reverse polarity when wiring a switch or an outlet. This happens when hot and neutral wires get “flipped” around, and doing this creates a shock hazard.

Missing or Faulty GFI Outlets

Faulty GFIs are a major issue even in newer homes in the Las Vegas / Henderson area due to the common use of cheap > lower quality materials. GFI (short for ground fault interrupter) outlets are what’s required wherever an electrical outlet is close to a source of water (like in a bathroom). The indicator of GFI failure is when they prematurely or frequently ‘trip’ resulting in the loss of power to localized electrical components (lights or other power supplies on the same circuit). GFI replacement is a relatively quick fix for a licensed electrician, and with higher quality components will result in several years of reliable use. It’s essential that GFIs are kept in good working order as their function is to protect you from the possibility of electrocution.

Double-Tapped / Lugged Breakers

This is when multiple wires are attached to a single breaker – a dangerous practice. As most circuit breakers are designed for single wires, this can cause loose connections, arcing, and potentially a fire. This is typically corrected by either the addition of additional breakers or in some cases where there are not load concerns, by wire nutting the connections together prior to the breaker panel.

Ungrounded Receptacles

It’s not unusual to find ungrounded electrical receptacles, especially in older homes. You can easily check if your own home’s outlets are grounded or not. Ungrounded outlets just have two slots to plug into, whereas grounded outlets have two slots plus a hole for the ground wire. It’s a good idea to have ungrounded receptacles upgraded to minimize risk of fire in the event that there is ever a fault with the electrical component using the circuit.

Understanding Electrical Inspection

What is the difference between a rough and a final inspection? There are at least two stages at which you’ll need to undergo electrical inspection and approval, usually by the same body that issued your permit. Rough inspection is first, when installation of the electric box and all wiring is finished but before the wiring’s been covered by your wall material. Next is final inspection, when all your home construction has been completed. NOTE: Your electrical system must pass final inspection before occupancy is permitted.

Which areas does the inspection cover? Guidelines specifying the electrical inspection criteria for your location may be obtained at the time you apply for your permit. The basic areas are:

  • equipment listing and labeling
  • electrical services
  • general circuitry
  • AFCI (arc-fault) protection
  • GFCI (ground fault) protection
  • grounding and bonding
  • underground wiring
  • wiring methods.

Be aware that if the inspector is called in to inspect a specific upgrade, he may notice — and write up — a violation in other, already existing work.

What to do if your electrical system fails inspection? Details vary, depending on your locale. However, the basic procedure is this: If inspection reveals a problem, you or your electrician will need to correct it and have the system inspected again. There might or might not be a fee for re-inspection. In some regions, a third party performs re-inspection. Generally you don’t need a new permit to make corrections, which are considered part of the original work. If you disagree with the rationale for the failure (and the correction is time-consuming and expensive), you may be able to appeal.

A Few Important Home Electrical Safety Inspection Tips

WHY REGULAR ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL

Electricity is one of the biggest conveniences of the modern times. And when your lights, electrical appliances, and other gadgets are all working well, it is easy to assume that the underlying electrical work is in perfect condition. Even when something goes wrong, there is always a quick and easy fix, like replacing a bulb or a broken component in an appliance.

Rather than waiting until your circuit breaker trips or an electrical breakdown occurs, it is recommended that you schedule regular electrical inspections for your home every three months to ensure that everything is functioning well and to reduce the risk of costly emergency repairs.

What Does An Electrical Home Inspection Entail?

Electrical home inspections involve the meticulous assessment of your entire electrical system to ensure that all electrical systems, cables, and components – including your home’s wiring and electrical appliances – satisfy the legal safety standards.

All licensed electricians operate under a National Code when assessing your residence, and are required to provide you with a detailed and prioritised list of areas that need immediate attention, as well as recommendations for improvements and upgrades.

Performing Electrical Inspections

For an electrical inspection to be truly helpful, it should only be performed by a licensed electrician with the skills and competency to perform electrical safety checks. You need a residential electrician who has been trained on common issues to look for in residential properties, and how to correct any problems they find.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION: DOES YOUR HOUSE PASS?

Though many advancements have been made in making appliances and energy sources safe, there are still unfortunate incidents like electrical house fires. Though electrical fires can happen from not following basic safety rules, faulty wiring and worn out systems can also cause these tragedies. The best way to keep your home safe from these situations is to get an electrical inspection. CMC Electric has a qualified team of experts who can inspect every inch of your home’s electrical system to make sure everything is safe. It’s the only 100% sure way to know if your home gets the “all clear” for electrical safety.

How often is periodically? It all depends on the state of your home. A newer home will do well with a rigorous initial inspection and inspections every few years. When your new home reaches 10 years of age it’s recommended that you get an annual electrical inspection. An older home that’s at risk of some electrical issues should be examined annually to make sure everything is working properly. This is even more critical if an inspection reveals that some parts of your system may be on their last legs.

What Happens During an Inspection?

When we come to inspect your home, we’ll take a look at everything from your wiring to your fuse box to your circuit breaker panel. Our professionals will be on the lookout for common problems that either pose safety risks or make your electric system less efficient.

Here are some of the many components we scrutinize:

The wiring to make sure it’s working well and properly terminated

The overall energy-efficiency of the home

Check to see if your circuits are overloaded

Check your electrical panels for signs of deterioration

Troubleshoot current problems and suggest measures to prevent electrical problems that can lead to house fires

GFCI protection in the proper areas as defined by the NEC (National Electric Code)

Arc fault protection – per code

Proper grounding of your electrical service and circuits

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors – per code

Does Your House Pass?

Your home is an investment that you should protect with some simple preventative measures. There’s only one way to find out if your house gets the “all clear,” and that’s by getting a professional electrical inspection. It just takes a short time to get peace of mind and expert advice on how to keep you and your family safe from potentially dangerous electrical issues. Get an electrician Raleigh residents can count on since 2005 from CMC Electric over your to your property today.

How to Pass an Electrical Safety Inspection

It is a good idea to know how to pass an electrical safety inspection. Electrical safety inspections may be necessary when you are making an electrical change or trying to find the source of an electrical problem. If work is needed, electrical inspections can help determine what work needs to be done. If work was performed, the inspection will ensure that everything was done safely and future problems do not arise. Regardless of what the issue may be, here is how to be confident that you will pass an electrical safety inspection.

If you are having electrical work done and you’re not sure if an electrical inspection will be necessary, you can talk to your contractor. He or she may be able to perform a smaller inspection to make sure whatever work is needed, it will be completed safely.

What to Expect During Your Electrical Safety Inspection

Once you have determined that an electrical safety inspection is necessary, your first step will be to call your electrical contractor. He or she will be able to schedule an inspection in the next couple of weeks. If you are dealing with an emergency situation, let the contractor know so he can come out sooner

Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will provide you with a written report. This will give you a summary of the assessment and may also include a list of repairs needed and recommendations for improving energy efficiency. Electrical inspections are done by a city or a professional electrical contractor. If the inspection was made officially, it may serve to let insurance and real estate companies know that all work is safe and complete. In unofficial settings, it will let homeowners know that upcoming electrical repairs may be necessary.

How to Pass an Electrical Safety Inspection

Now that you understand the process of electrical inspections and when they are necessary, it is important to be familiar with what you need to know to pass the electrical inspection.

Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Homeowners and landlords need peace of mind that all electrical systems are working safely at home. Protecting your family or tenants from electrical hazards is of utmost priority, and Rytec Electric is here to help.

Home electrical inspections ensure:

Your belongings are less likely to perish in an electrical fire.

Your rental properties aren’t at risk of damage.

Your family is safe from electrical hazards.

Inefficient or unsafe electrical systems in your home can have devastating effects. If you think your appliances are working fine, or you’ve had no electrical issues in the past, remember it only takes one degrading wire or breakage in an electrical circuit to cause a fire.

Protect your home with Rytec Electric

Determining potential hazards or weaknesses in your electrical circuits, before they cause any problems, is essential for the safety of your home.

Avoid costly repairs with a home electrical inspection

It’s easy to avoid expensive repair bills when you work with Rytec Electric. Our certified electricians identify problems and electrical hazards, before any long-term damage occurs, and offer free in-home quotes for any electrical repair work needed.

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION TIPS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Electrical inspections play a crucial role in maintaining your electrical system. Performing one helps to maintain energy efficiency and electrical safety. But do you know what to expect from an electrical inspection? If you’re not exactly sure, don’t worry. Instead, learn from the electrical experts at Roman Electric!

Electrical Flow is Examined

Being the main component of your electrical system, we examine the flow of electricity in and out your home. We check every circuit, wiring, boxes, and outlets. We also examine the service drop, which is how electricity is supplied to your home.

Outlets, Breakers, and Devices are Tested

We run each of your outlets through a test to determine their functionality. Each outlet is also examined for any damages, loose connections, or other defects. The same applies to your electrical panel, circuit breakers, and lighting. Wiring is thoroughly examined throughout this process, helping to identify any issues.

Electrical System is Inspected for Code Compliance

Throughout the inspection, we determine if your electrical system falls in line with local codes and regulations. We do this by checking to see if your home is suitable by NEC (National Electric Code) standards. NEC guidelines are required for every home.

All Problems and Issues are Identified

We perform a full analysis of your electrical system. This helps to identify any present issues, along with the severity of each problem. Problems can be loose wiring, damaged boxes, faulty installations, or more. We let you know the exact status of your electrical system, and the possible effects of each issue.