How To Choose a New Ceiling Fan

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Since you’re picking out a large, semipermanent appliance that will be fixed in the center of a room, choosing a new ceiling fan for your home can feel daunting. That’s why the expert technicians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C have put together this guide to help you choose a ceiling fan with the technical specifications you need. By ensuring you have the technical aspects covered first, you’ll feel more confident browsing through different styles because you’ll know that whatever fan style you choose will function properly.

If you prefer that a qualified electrician install your new ceiling fan, Hoffman Electrical & A/C is happy to help! Call us at 866-238-3243 or contact us online

Outdoor Fans & Indoor Fans

If you want to install your new fan on a porch or patio, you will need to choose a ceiling fan that’s made specifically for the outdoors. An outdoor fan will be able to withstand Tampa’s humidity. If you choose an indoor fan and install it outdoors, the blades will warp and creak. Your new ceiling fan likely wouldn’t last through a single season.

Room Sizes & Corresponding Fan Sizes

Let’s think through some measurements. How big is the space in which you’re installing your fan?

Ceiling Height & Mount Types

When you’re measuring your ceiling height, keep in mind that even if you purchase a flush-mounted ceiling fan that clings very close to the ceiling, it will still hang down at least 1 foot. So, if your room is 8 feet high, you’re limited to choosing a flush-mounted ceiling fan for safety reasons. If your room has a very high ceiling or is slanted, you will be limited to choosing an extended downrod mount so that the blades on your new ceiling fan have the room they need to rotate.

Tip: Choose the height of your fan based on the height of your ceiling and not your height. There are inexpensive chain extensions you can buy that allow you to turn your fan on and off from any height.

Need help taking accurate measurements? Hoffman Electrical & A/C can measure your space to prepare it for an installation. Call us at 866-238-3243 or send us a message.

Notable Brands

We trust that you’ll know what style preferences fit your needs and budget. Here are a few brands that produce high-quality, popular ceiling fans in multiple styles. As you browse, make sure that the technical specifications fit your ceiling height and room type.

Ceiling Fan Installation by Hoffman Electrical & A/C in Tampa, FL

Follow these guidelines, and you’ll soon have a beautiful, high-quality ceiling fan for your home. If you live in Tampa or the Pinellas County area and need help installing your new ceiling fan, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can help! Our expert technicians have experience with many different makes and models. We can install your ceiling fan quickly and safely so that you get the maximum efficiency out of your new fan throughout its life span.

Schedule an appointment with a certified electrician from Hoffman Electrical & A/C to install your new ceiling fan! Call us at 866-238-3243 or contact us online today.

Do Ceiling Fans Save You Money on Energy Bills?

We’ve heard it said - most likely from our friends - that running your ceiling fans will better circulate your AC’s air, resulting in a lower electric bill. We all love hearing ideas that will save us money, right? Unfortunately, this one is commonly misconceived. Here’s the skinny on ceiling fans. While it’s great to feel that cool air circulating on your skin, it’s likely not saving you very much on your energy bill.

The Most Important Thing to Understand About Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans do NOT cool the air; they cool your skin. You see, your air conditioner is designed to move cool air into - and hot air out of - your home to keep you at a comfortable temperature. A ceiling fan itself has no cooling mechanism. It wicks sweat from your skin to cool you down as it blows air on you rather than actually lowering the temperature of the room you're in.

So, what exactly does that mean?

Unless you are physically in the room while the fan is on, it’s not doing any good. If you’re not there to benefit from the ceiling fan’s air circulation, then you’re just using more electricity. If your air conditioner isn’t operating efficiently, then your ceiling fan isn’t doing it any favors.

This is where most people get into financial trouble. They turn on all the ceiling fans thinking that they’ll help the AC work more effectively and lower temperatures throughout their whole home, only to discover even higher bills once all that extra energy use is clocked. Fans have no effect on the efficiency of your AC!

Want to hear the solution to this common problem? It’s simple. If you want to benefit from the energy-saving potential of your ceiling fans without costing yourself more money, then be sure to start by turning fans off whenever the room is empty.

Want to start saving money on your energy bill? Contact the experts at Hoffman Electrical online to discuss which type of high-efficiency unit would be right for you and your home.

The Second Most Important Thing to Understand About Ceiling Fans

Here is another most common way that you’ve unknowingly sabotaged your own money-saving efforts.

Many homeowners don’t realize that they should actually raise their thermostat setting slightly when running their ceiling fans.

With air blowing on your skin from your ceiling fans, you will feel physically cooler at any given temperature than you would at the exact same temperature without the fan blowing. That means, if you want to feel like the room is a comfy 72 degrees, you can - and should - raise the temperature on your thermostat to 77. That 5-degree difference will be virtually unnoticed by you – except when it comes time to pay your energy bill, and then you will see how much you saved by running your AC a little less.

The Best Way to Use Your Ceiling Fan to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

It’s all starting to come together now, isn’t it? You can even start today. Try these two steps to get the most out of your AC and ceiling fan working in tandem:

If you want to learn more about saving on energy costs with a more efficient air conditioner, a better cooling system overall, or if you just want someone to install ceiling fans for you, contact us today!

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are a welcome addition to any room, providing a source of light, circulation, and warm or cool air, at the flip of a switch. Depending on the type, and style of fan you choose, they can add a pleasing, visual element to your living space, but there's more to choosing the right fan than just looks. Adequate sizing makes all the difference to performance and comfort, while proper installation methods allow for the safe and efficient operation of your ceiling fan. When it comes time to replace your existing fan, whether for technical, or aesthetic reasons, professional installation is recommended, as the warning signs and potential issues may not be immediately apparent.

For quality, reliable ceiling fan replacement, or repair, give us a call at (866) 238-3243, or contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C online

Choosing Your Replacement Fan

Before purchasing a new ceiling fan, carefully consider your options, ensuring the fan you choose is the right size for the room. Use the following guidelines, keeping in mind that blade spans can range anywhere from 24 to 80 inches across, with 52 inches being the most popular size.

Large scale fans are available for great rooms, or those with particularly high ceilings, with blade spans between 60 and 80 inches.

Decide how you would like to control the ceiling fan, as options can range between a pull-chain, remote control, or wall switch, though not every option will be available for every model.

A How-To Guide to Ceiling Fan Replacement

Before installing the new ceiling fan, you'll need to remove the old one, using the following steps:

  1. Turn off the power to the fan at the main fuse or circuit box, as well as any wall switches. Verify there is no power to the unit by using a circuit tester before proceeding.
  2. If the ceiling fan has a light, it may have dual switch wiring, with one set for the light, and the other for the fan—if so, mark the wires so you can easily identify them for the new installation. NOTE: If the new ceiling fan doesn't have a light, you'll need to trim off the bare part of the wires that control the light, place wire connectors on the ends, and wrap with electrical tape.
  3. Disconnect all wires, and remove the existing ceiling fan, having an assistant support the fan as you work.
  4. Once the fan has been removed, inspect the ceiling box, to ensure it's rated for use with ceiling fans, indicated somewhere inside the box, along with a fan-weight rating. The box itself should be securely fastened to a solid ceiling beam, and grounded.
  5. In the event that a new electrical box is needed, or the wiring or ceiling support is incorrect or inadequate, a trained, certified electrician can ensure the necessary steps will be taken to protect your home and its occupants from harm.
  6. Install the new ceiling fan in accordance with the manufacturer's directions.

Keep in mind that it’s crucial your ceiling fan is installed correctly! You don’t want it to come crashing down—causing injury and destruction in your Florida home!

When it's time to replace, or repair, your existing ceiling fan, call on the experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C to complete the job. A fan that is inadequately fastened, or improperly wired, poses a number of threats including fire, or injury from falling blades or fan assembly.

Why Choose Hoffman Electrical & A/C for Ceiling Fan Installation?

Family owned and operated since 1989, Hoffman Electrical & A/C provides high quality electrical craftsmanship. With over 25 years of industry experience, our professionally trained and licensed electrical technicians can help solve any electrical issue in your Tampa or St. Petersburg home. We offer:

Call Hoffman Electrical & A/C at (866) 238-3243 or contact us online to schedule your ceiling fan installation in Tampa, Clearwater, or St. Petersburg, FL!

Ceiling Fan Blues

ceiling fanIf you have ever had a ceiling fan break on you in the middle of a hot summer night, then you know how devastating an experience it can be. Waking up in a sweaty mess, looking up, and seeing the old fan motionless. It's annoying, frustrating, and worst of all, uncomfortable. When you finally manage to make it through the night and set off for the hardware store the next morning, you may be surprised at how many options are available when it comes to ceiling fans.

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Save Money by Using a Ceiling Fan

Many people are searching for ways to decrease the rising costs of their power bill. Installing a ceiling fan can save you money in both the hot months of summer and the cold snaps of winter.

In the summer, a ceiling fan on high can allow you to turn your thermostat up by 4 degrees without sacrificing your comfort. The way it works is that the ceiling fan circulates the air in such a way that it cools your skin. This means that it is actually cooling you rather than the room. If you leave the room, it is good to turn the fan off to conserve any additional electricity. The ceiling fan only uses the electrical equivalent to just above that of an incandescent light bulb. This means that a fan is typically using anywhere between 75 – 90 watts.

In the winter, a ceiling fan might actually help to warm the room. Certain ceiling fans are equipped to rotate either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Using a clockwise rotation on the low setting can circulate warm air from the ceiling down towards the floor. The difference is not highly significant, but might be enough to lower your heating bill a little. With the increasing costs of heating your home, a little might be worth a lot.

Installing a ceiling fan can be a more difficult process than people initially consider. The ceiling fan may require a larger electrical box than the ceiling light it is replacing. The placement of the ceiling fan is crucial to not only get the optimal benefits from it, but also for safety reasons. Hoffman Electrical & A/C has been installing ceiling fans in Tampa since 1989, and their electricians know how to place the fan so you receive the greatest circulation of air with minimal vibration.