A BIG fan...

A necessary repair becomes a grueling experience...

Many people have overhead fans.
They are VERY helpful to keep the air moving in a room without the clutter or problem of a floor fan getting in the way, or risking something getting caught in the floor fan.

Did you know that most ceiling fans can be reversed, so that instead of pushing air down to the floor, they can pull it up from the floor and circulate it out to the walls?

I'm told this helps control heating and cooling bills, but I'm still not certain which direction is best during what season.

Anyway, 20 years or so ago, when a local lumber yard/home improvement company went out of business, they had lots of their demo ceiling fans bundled up and for sale...cheap!

We bought one and with a little rewiring and cutting a hole in our living room ceiling, proceeded to install the fan.

I  had to move a junction box and a hanger strap for sturdy installation, but it was worth it.  Until I turned on the light.

What a sickly light...diffused and gray-tinted.   The fan was clearly designed for either a rec room or a basement, with a distinct "sports" feel to it.  I was a bit disappointed, but learned to live with it.

We experimented over the years with different light bulbs, strengths, light types, and removing the globe diffuser.  We finally settled on the right combination, just a few years as we decided to move from that house.

Several years later, our tenant has just informed us that the ol' fan has stopped turning and is emitting a burning smell.

I didn't wait.  A quick trip to the local big name box store convinced me that new fans were at least as cheap as the bargain we scored 20 years ago. I bought a new one.  AND, I hit the end of the sale, only ten minutes before the store closed and the sale was over.

Now, I had only to install the fan.

I had forgotten what a joy it was to work above your head, with hands held high, in the warmer air at the top of a room.  With sweating hands, screwing and unscrewing fan blade holders, mounting plates and wiring plates.  (it's not really as bad as I'm making out, but after passing, say, 50 years of age a couple of years ago, the aches and pains of stretching and doing physical labor catch up with me.)

I can't tell you how pleased I was to be finished with the job and have the fan and light turn on as they should have with the first throw of the switch.  Even the bulb supplied seems brighter and more positive than the old fan did.

So, I look forward to having the tenant try out the light and fan tonight, and tell us how much better the fan light is.

For a very reasonable investment, the savings in cooling, lighting and floor space is impressive.

I encourage everyone to supplement their window air conditioner unit with a ceiling fan.  ONE CAUTION:  It is absolutely essential that you anchor the fan securely into the ceiling joists, and not just dangle from an electrical junction box.  If you are unfamiliar with electrical wiring, please get a qualified electrical person involved BEFORE you touch any wiring.

But the benefits to humid, muggy August can't be beat.... unless it's from air conditioning.  
and that's a tale for another day...

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