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A ceiling fan can blow a breath of fresh air into your house. Even though ceiling fans are generally quick and easy to install, a responsible homeowner should still contact an electrician for the installation and to comply with the electrical safety rules in Australia. There are a few building and safety considerations before a fan installation. So, stay tuned and carefully read through this article before commencing your new project!
Types of Fans on the Market
As a homeowner, you need to decide which kind of fanning changes you want to make in your household, if any. Having a general picture in mind will make it easier for you when you finally get in touch with a reliable electrical company. If you are still confused about which types of fans to have installed in your house, here are some suggestions:
Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Outdoor fans bring a level of comfort, relaxation, and sophistication to your outdoor space. An outdoor ceiling fan is an optimal choice for your patio, porch, or deck. There are many styles in the marketplace ranging from casual, heritage, industrial, rustic to transitional. You never have to worry about finding a type that matches your aesthetic.
Note: Ensure that you pick only well-crafted fans that can endure moisture and direct sunlight exposure for at least five years to avoid frequent check-ups and replacements.
Indoor Ceiling Fans
Many people believe the myth that houses with low ceilings are not capable of having ceiling fans installed. Although standardised ceiling fans in Australia must be at least 2.1m from the floor, there are low-profile models in the market appropriate for low ceilings. This busts the myth, and it means anyone can enjoy indoor ceiling fans.
Indoor ceiling fans have a handy summer/winter reverse function. This means they allow you to circulate cooling breezes during summer, and by using heat transfer they reduce the strain on your house heaters during winter. They are also more environmentally friendly and cost-effective compared to air conditioners (ACs). Most of them consume about 25-90 energy watts, while ACs consume about 3,500 watts.
Some may argue that other fans such as pedestal fans, floor fans, or wall fans in your house means you don’t need the extra windy effect brought about by a ceiling fan. However, there is no denying the beautiful aesthetics brought to your household if you install a ceiling fan, not to mention the powerful and effective comfort they bring.
Ceiling Fans with LED Lights
If you are thinking you need to choose either a fan or lights for your ceiling, you can actually install both at the same time! This convenient alternative offers you controlled temperatures as well as light control. It also contributes towards the personalisation of your home's style. Some of the fans with LED lights come with remote controls, pull chains, and dimmer switches. These features make them more convenient for everyday use.
Consult a Licensed Electrician for Assistance
Australian electrical safety rules specify all electrical work must be conducted by a licensed electrician. Depending on different states, there are slight variations in the Australian-wide regulations where small DIY electrical jobs may be legally acceptable. As a homeowner, you can only perform a few tasks including, changing light bulbs, installing low-voltage garden light fittings, and checking the fuse box of your home electrical system.
Therefore, if you want a ceiling fan installed in your house, the only option is to contact a team of qualified electricians and have them tackling the tasks for you.
Booking a Fan Install Online
Purchase the Fan(s) You Like
Once you’ve decided which options are best for you and your home, it’s time to purchase and bring them home. If you still need assistance in making a choice, have a look at some of the best-selling fans in your area or ask for suggestions from a reliable local electrical company - preferably the one you plan to work with on the project. The company might also provide you with servicing discounts, which could save you some cash, so it may be good to enquire with them beforehand.
List Your Installation Requirements
Write down a list of your requirements and note down any concerns you need the electricians to keep in mind. Is it that your ceiling is too high or too low? Will the installation take place on the ground floor, basement, or exterior? Moreover, remember that if the installation is to be on the second floor, the roof's ventilation might hinder the process of installing a mounting bracket. Ensure you inform them of all these details beforehand. The more specific your list is, the smoother it will be for the electrician to handle your project. Finish your list before reaching out to an electrician or consult with them throughout the project.
Online Installation Request
You can make an online booking request with your electrical company of choice. Fill in your details and specific requirements in detail. At this stage, the company will provide you with a list of their services in relation to your installation needs and an estimate for the cost for the entire job. Ensure you keep a copy of the online confirmation.
Organise Specific Date and Time
Once you have finished the above steps, the agency will contact you through your email or phone number to organise an appropriate date and time for the installation process. If you order your fans through their company, the job can commence once they have them in stock. They should contact you and keep you updated as to how long this process will take.
Having Your Ceiling Fan Installed by an Electrician
The following steps are a rough guide as to what you may expect from your electrician when they come to install your ceiling fans:
1. Uninstalling any Existing Fan
The electrician will usually start by first removing any existing fan from your ceiling. However, before doing this, they have to ensure that they turn off the electricity from the mains supply unit. This is an essential electrical requirement before they can implement any electrical replacement or installation.
If your existing fan is nailed to a joint or hard to remove, the electrician will have to use a lot of equipment to remove the old electrical fitting. If there is only one electrician working on the installation, it may take them a little while to get things into place as the may need to go into the roof cavity to get a clear picture of what is necessary for the installation. This will allow the electrician to finish the process faster.
2. Attaching a New Ceiling Box
To install a ceiling fan on a sloping ceiling, the electrician may need to install a ceiling box. They will drill the ceiling box to a celling joist using screws and wrap the ground wires inside the box. Next, they will mount the ceiling plate to the box in preparation of the ceiling fan installation.
3. Assembling the Fan Components
The components of a ceiling fan include a fan motor and canopy. The electrician will set the canopy on the motor with wiring coming out of the top. The extra wires will be passed through the down-rope pipe, threaded onto the top of the motor, and then tightened using a wrench.
4. Connecting the Fan Wiring
To do this, the electricians will first hook the canopy onto the ceiling plate. They will then connect the white and green wires. Once this is done, they will lock the fan in place the fan with two canopy screws.
5. Fitting the Lights and Blades
For a ceiling fan with LED lighting, this step can be a little more involved. The electrician will use a bracket as a connection point for the blades and use screws to fasten the blades to the motor. After that, they will attach the remaining light fittings to the extra wiring of the fan's motor. The electrician will also have a wall switch to install, and at your request, the electrician can install a remote control for you to adjust the fan while on the couch or in bed.
Installation Costs of a Ceiling Fan
Each electrical company will have different prices based on various factors. Fair pricing will depend on the number of appliances and tasks needing to be done. The installation price for a new fan can start from around $250, while that of replacing an old fan with a new one can start from around $150, and the replacement cost for an old light fixture with a new fan can be around $200.
A fair installation price covers the cost of the appliances and/or fittings and will also cover the labour of your technician as well. Before you choose a fan installation company, ask for a quote on their installation prices before you give them the go ahead to start the work. It will enable you to ensure that no price changes or hidden extra charges will arise, and you can both agree on the price. Looking into various companies and comparing quotes to see which company has the best prices while offering quality services is a good way to get what you need at the best possible price.
Always Use a Certified Electrician
Hopefully by now you have an idea of what you need to know, and what to expect when it comes to installing a ceiling fan in your house. The most important thing to remember is to ensure your electrical company of choice has a team of reliable and certified electricians that provide the best service at an affordable price.