How to Install a Commercial Wall Exhaust Fan:
1) First of all, you need to decide if you want to install a commercial wall exhaust fan or not.
If you are installing it inside your home then there is no problem. However, if you plan on using it outside your house then it may become difficult because the noise will disturb other residents living nearby.
2) You have to choose between two types of wall fans.
One type is a conventional one which uses electric motors to push air in and out. The second type is a shuttershield which utilizes a fan blade to move air around.
3) Shuttershield fans are usually installed at the top of walls where they block wind from blowing into adjacent rooms.
They also reduce sound levels since the blades don’t make too much noise when moving air around.
4) A shuttershield fan can be either a fixed or movable model.
Fixed models are stationary and cannot be moved. Movable models can be moved up and down the wall but they must always remain connected to the ceiling so that they do not fall off the wall.
5) There are three different sizes of shuttershield fans available.
The smallest unit is designed to cover a single window. Medium-sized fans can be mounted on either side of a window to cover the other side as well. A fan that is twice as large as this model can be installed over a door or in the middle of a wall.
6) Shuttershield fans are very easy to clean because the blades can be removed without using any tools.
The blades can simply be wiped clean.
7) Stand-mounted or through the wall fans are similar to shuttershield fans in that they have internal shutters that direct the flow of air inside a building.
These fans can either be installed inside an exterior wall or on one side of a window.
8) Through the wall fans create a powerful downdraft effect which moves air directly underneath the window.
This causes any smoke, dust, or airborne contaminants to be pushed out of the building.
9) Stand-mounted fans can either be installed inside a wall or on the side of a window.
They can only be installed on one side of a window and do not create a powerful downdraft like their through the wall counterparts.
10) Stand-mounted fans may be either vented or non-vented. Vented fans are connected to the wall by a vent pipe which allows excess humidity to escape the building. Non-vented models simply dispose of collected moisture inside the building.
Wall fans are often used in areas such as crawlspaces where it is difficult to install ceiling-mounted fans. They can also be used anywhere a powerful downdraft is desired.
Installing a wall fan is not very difficult but you should definitely be familiar with basic wiring and safety guidelines before getting started. You may also want to consult with a licensed electrician before installing an electrical wall fan.
Installing a wall fan can be a very cost effective way of increasing airflow inside your home. This page will teach you how to choose the best fan for your particular needs and how to install it correctly. Now let’s get started!
Installing A Ceiling Fan
Installing a ceiling fan is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project that can add comfort, safety, and style to almost any room in your home or office.
Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles and prices so it’s important to first determine what your needs and budget are before going shopping.
The average ceiling fan will run you anywhere from $50 to $200, however high-end fans can be considerably more expensive.
You should also determine where you wish to install the fan.
For example, some fans can be installed flush with the ceiling while others sit down inside a cage-like structure that is attached to the ceiling.
These types of fans are often called “low profile fans” and they won’t interfere with your ceiling decorations.
If you’re not sure where to start, just keep reading and I’ll explain everything you need to know about installing a ceiling fan anywhere in your home or office!
Although installing a ceiling fan can be easy and inexpensive, there are several important factors that you should consider before you get started.
This guide will explain how to choose the right fan, how to install a new one, and how to maintain it for years of safe and reliable operation.
Before You Begin: Location & Ventilation
One of the most important steps in installing a ceiling fan is deciding where you want to put it.
Contrary to popular belief, ceiling fans are not for the hot summer months alone. Yes, they do provide an extra layer of comfort in warmer weather, but they can also be used to great effect in the winter.
A ceiling fan, properly installed and maintained, can eliminate the need for heating much of the time. This is important because you must pay to heat your whole house all the time, not just when you’re in a particular room.
So, where should you put a fan?
The answer is simple: the places where you spend the most time.
Are there certain rooms in your house where you (and/or your family) spend an inordinate amount of time?
Perhaps you have a sitting room with a TV and sofa, or a library with a fireplace and recliner.
If so, putting a ceiling fan in one of those rooms will pay for itself almost instantly in saved heating costs. Even putting up a fan in just one bedroom can reduce heating costs, especially if the room is of decent size.
Aside from heating costs, there are other benefits to using ceiling fans in cool weather…
Do you spend a lot of time reading, writing, or doing other stationary activities that cause you to overheat easily?
If so, a ceiling fan can help increase your comfort as your body heat is more dispersed throughout the room, thus making you feel warmer than the actual temperature of the air.
Furthermore, ceiling fans actually create a wind-chill effect, similar to what one would experience in a windy day outside. This can be very beneficial to you if you have a condition such as hyperthyroidism that causes you to feel too warm when others feel fine.
So, where should you NOT put a ceiling fan?
While you can put a ceiling fan just about anywhere, there are some rooms that don’t make a lot of sense (and are a bit of overkill) to install one.
For example, you wouldn’t want to install a ceiling fan in a room that is only used occasionally and isn’t of much importance. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a ceiling fan in your garage or workshop if you’re not going to turn it on very often.
While you may have good intentions of using the fan to help keep cool when working on projects in the summer, you’re much more likely to forget to turn it on and leave it off. The same can be said of your storage room, or any room where you don’t spend much time.
These rooms could also be used to house important machinery or equipment that could be damaged by a falling fan. So, make sure that the room that you put the fan in is a room of importance and that it makes economic sense to cool it.
Step 2: Understanding Ceiling Fan Speed & Direction
It’s important to know how your ceiling fan speeds and direction work before actually installing it. While this may seem like common knowledge, there are some basic features that many fans have that many people don’t even know about.
By understanding these features you’ll be able to better utilize your fan for your purposes (e.g. cooling off on a hot day).
Fan Speed & Direction
Many ceiling fans come with multiple fan speeds. This is particularly true of expensive or custom fans. However, even the cheaper Hunter brand fans come with at least 3-4 speeds.
While you may find that the fast speed is a bit too much for daily use, having at least a range of options is always nice.
Furthermore, some fans have a “reverse” feature. This will cause the fan to spin in a counter-clockwise direction. This can be useful when you want cooling air to blow into other parts of your house.
Direction is another important feature to understand. While some fans only circulate air within the room and out through the ceiling, others (called “reversible”) will blow air either up towards the ceiling or down towards the floor.
This can be important as you can direct a cooling breeze wherever you want in your house. While these types of fans tend to be a bit more expensive, they’re well worth the investment.
Step 3: Pick Your Location & Get Your Supplies
Now that you have an idea of the type of fan you want and the general features it should have, it’s time to pick the exact spot that you want to install it in.
It’s very important to pick the exact location of your ceiling fan before you do anything else. This is because, unlike most light fixtures, you need to know the exact location of your wiring and the location of your existing ceiling joists.
If you were to simply install the fan and then hook it up to your house’s electricity, you could be in for a dangerous situation.
For example, if you were to cover up a ceiling joist with drywall, you could find that the added weight of fan is enough to cause your ceiling to collapse.
While this may seem unlikely, it’s certainly possible if not done correctly.
Hiring A Professional
The safest way to install a ceiling fan is to hire an electrician to do it for you. Most electricians should have no problem doing this, and it won’t be hard to find one that has the required knowledge and experience.
On the downside, you’ll probably have to pay for their services. This could range from $50 to $200 or possibly even more, depending on where you live and the electrician’s experience.
If you don’t want to hire an electrician, make sure that you at least turn OFF your house’s electricity and then use a stud finder to locate your ceiling joists.
From there, you’ll have a good idea of where to place your fan.
Step 4: Drill Your Holes & Install The Ceiling Fan Support Box
The next thing you need to do is drill holes into your ceiling where you want to install your fan support box. You’ll need to place this box in the center of your room’s ceiling.
The exact placement isn’t extremely important, but you should place it at least 6 feet from any walls or other obstructions (e.g. lights, windows, etc.).
Once you have found the placement for your support box, use a stud finder and mark the spot with a small X. Next, drill a small hole where the stud is located.
Now it’s time to place your support box. This is the part that will support your fan, so be sure to place it in a secure location and make sure it’s level.
Once it’s placed, you can screw the support box directly into the stud with at least three wood screws.
Step 5: Hanging the Fan From The Ceiling
Now it’s time to hang your fan from your ceiling. Again, this is a fairly simple process as long you place your support box level and secure.
While holding up your fan with one hand, simply hold onto the bottom of your fan’s mounting collar with the other and position it over the support box. Once in place, use the mounting screws to secure it in place.
Step 6: Wiring Your Ceiling Fan
Now you’re down to the final step. This is where you’ll get a chance to admire your work, but more importantly, complete the wiring process.
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